Adapted from a Hearst Journalism Awards News Release.

COLLEGE PARK, Md. (May 2) – Merrill College junior Kyle Melnick is a second place winner in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program under the “Personality/Profile Writing” category.

He will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship, and Merrill College will receive a matching $2,000 grant.

Melnick’s winning entry was about Maryland basketball star Anthony Cowen, written for the Diamondback student newspaper.

Overall, Merrill College placed fifth in the Intercollegiate Writing Competition based on accumulated points for the five writing competitions held this year.

Judging the writing competitions this year are: Nicole Carroll, Vice President/News and Editor, The Arizona Republic/azcentral.com; Audrey Cooper, Editor in Chief, The San Francisco Chronicle; and David Zeeck, Publisher, The News Tribune, WA.

About the Hearst Journalist Awards Program

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program is conducted under the auspices of accredited schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication and fully funded and administered by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The 14 monthly competitions consist of five writing, two photojournalism, one radio, two television and four multimedia, with Championship finals in all divisions. The program awards up to $500,000 in scholarships and grants annually.