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About the Award

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program, was founded in 1960, to provide support, encouragement, and assistance to journalism education at the college and university level. The program awards scholarships to students for outstanding performance in college-level journalism, with matching grants to the students' schools. The 54th annual program offering up to $500,000 in awards, consists of five monthly writing competitions, two photojournalism competitions, three broadcast news competitions (one in radio and two in television), and four multimedia competitions - with championship finals in all divisions.

Participation in the program is open to undergraduate journalism majors currently enrolled in ACEJMC - accredited domestic universities. An exception to the journalism major rule is made for students entering the photojournalism competitions. Entrants must be actively involved in campus media and must have published articles, photographs or produced newscasts or multimedia pieces that can be submitted in our writing, photojournalism, broadcast news and/or multimedia competitions.

The William Randolph Hearst Foundation was established by its namesake, publisher William Randolph Hearst, in 1948 under California non-profit laws, exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. Since then, The Hearst Foundations have contributed more than $925 million in the areas of education, health care, social services, and the arts in every state.

Broadcast News Award

  • Each university may submit two entrants' work per broadcast competition. An entrant may not enter both categories simultaneously, but may enter a different category in each competition, ie: radio in November and television II in February.
  • A competition entry must be a report originating with and produced by a single undergraduate journalism student (or recent journalism graduate) with primary responsibility for the entry.
  • Each entry must consist of at least two distinct reports, totaling no more than TEN minutes. The entry may be part of a longer newscast, but the entry itself is limited to a maximum of TEN minutes.
  • Entries must have been "aired" in the sense of having been made available to an anonymous audience of substantial size on a station or online or both.
  • Reports should be submitted as aired, and not edited substantially for the entry time limit. If a report is longer than the entry time limit, the entrant may enter an unedited excerpt but must include the whole script, outlining the portion that has been submitted.
  • Entrants must demonstrate their editing skills on at least one report.
  • If the entry is included in a professional website or a professional station's newscast, the producer or news director must certify in writing that it is primarily the student's work.
  • TELEVISION ONLY: Entrants must demonstrate their editing and shooting skills on at least one report. The entrant must attempt to appear in a "stand up" in at least one report.
  • All broadcast entries must be appropriate to the competition in which they are submitted.
  • Entrants who qualify for the semi-final round and/or the Championship may not enter another competition.
  • An entrant who has won first place in the Championship is not eligible to compete in future competitions in the same category.
  • An entry submitted once may not be resubmitted in any other competition or in any other competition year.

Competitions

RADIO NEWS AND FEATURES
Entries must be coverage of breaking or developing news stories, and/or non-deadline news, non-deadline reporting of personalities, events, or issues. Entries may be based on but not limited to public affairs, business, investigations, science, sports or weather. Each entry must consist of at least two reports in news and/or features, totaling no more than ten minutes. The reports may be part of a longer newscast, but the entry itself is limited to ten minutes.

Entries may be accompanied by multimedia versions of the reports entered as long as they were produced primarily by the entrant.

Entries must have been disseminated on air or online or both from September 1, 2013 through November 17, 2014.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Tuesday, November 18, 2014.

TELEVISION COMPETITION I: FEATURES
Entries must be non-deadline reporting of personalities, events, or issues. Entries may be based on but not limited to public affairs, business, investigations, science, sports or weather. Each entry must consist of at least two reports totaling no more than ten minutes. The reports may be part of a longer newscast, but the entry itself is limited to ten minutes.

Entries may be accompanied by multimedia versions of the reports entered as long as they were produced primarily by the entrant.

Entries must have been disseminated on air or online or both from September 1, 2013 through November 17, 2014.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Tuesday, November 18, 2014.
*The top five winners from Television Features are not eligible to compete in Television News.

TELEVISION COMPETITION II: NEWS
Entries must be based on coverage of breaking or developing news stories related to campus, community, national or international issues, sports, business, investigative, science, weather or other current newsworthy matters. Reports must have a hard news focus, regardless of subject. Each entry must consist of at least two reports totaling no more than ten minutes. The reports may be part of a longer newscast, but the entry itself is limited to ten minutes.

Entries may be accompanied by multimedia versions of the reports entered as long as they were produced primarily by the entrant.

All entries submitted must have been disseminated on air or online or both from September 1, 2013 through February 9, 2015.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Tuesday, February 10, 2015

TELEVISION SEMI-FINAL COMPETITION
The semi-final competition is open to the top five winners in the two TV competitions.

DEADLINES: Entries must be received by Friday, March 20, 2015 for the TV Features finalists and Friday, April 24, 2015 for the TV News finalists.

NATIONAL BROADCAST NEWS CHAMPIONSHIP
This event is open to the five television finalists who are selected from the semi-final competition, and the top five winners from the Radio News & Features Competition.

Notable Winners

Jury

Judges

1. Marci Burdick, Senior Vice President of Broadcasting at Schurz Communication, Inc., IN
2. Harvey Nagler, VP, Radio at CBS News, NY
3. Fred Young, retired Senior Vice President for News at Hearst Television Inc., NY

Broadcast entries are judged based on the following criteria:

  • Writing
  • Reporting
  • On-camera presentation
  • Editing
  • Clarity
  • Depth
  • Knowledge of subject
  • Production values
  • Originality
  • Visual story telling
  • Graphics
  • Human interest

Monetary/Material Award Details

Television Broadcast:

1st place - $5,000
2nd place - $4,000
3rd place - $3,000
Finalists - $1,500
Semi-finalists - $1,000
Best use of Television for News Coverage - $1,000

 

Radio Broadcast:

1st place - $5,000
2nd place - $4,000
3rd place - $3,000
finalists - $1,500
Best use of Radio for News Coverage - $1,000

Eligibility Requirements

You must be an undergraduate journalism major attending an ASJMC-accredited domestic, undergraduate journalism program at the time your entry was published/aired/posted. An exception to the journalism major rule is made for students entering the photo competitions.

Radio News and Features:

  • Entries may be accompanied by multimedia versions of the reports entered as long as they were produced primarily by the entrant.
  • Entries must have been disseminated on air or online or both from September 1, 2013 through November 17, 2014.

Television Competitions I: Features:

  • Entries may be accompanied by multimedia versions of the reports entered as long as they were produced primarily by the entrant.
  • Entries must have been disseminated on air or online or both from September 1, 2013 through November 17, 2014.

Television Competition II: Features:

  • Entries may be accompanied by multimedia versions of the reports entered as long as they were produced primarily by the entrant.
  • All entries submitted must have been disseminated on air or online or both from September 1, 2013 through February 9, 2015.

Entry Fee Details

Required Material

Entry Format

  • Competition entries are submitted by uploading entry materials to our online application by the chair or administering faculty member of the accredited journalism department at http://compentry.hearstawards.org. Login codes are provided by the program office. If you have not received a login code, please contact Program Director Jan Watten: [email protected] or 415-908-4565.
  • Fill out online entry form with the entrant's name, address, phone number, e-mail, title of reports, name of station/website, dissemination dates.
  • Fill out disclosure information (level of entrant's responsibility for various components of the entry).
  • Upload entry, scripts and any supporting materials such as letter from the professional station (if applicable).
  • RADIO: All audio files must be .mp3. Audio in any format other than .mp3 will not be accepted. Disclosure information and scripts will be filled out or uploaded online.
  • TELEVISION: Video entries may be linked to YouTube or Vimeo. If submitting files, the preferred format for video files is .flv, .avi, or .mov. Disclosure information and scripts will be filled out or uploaded online. Keep file sizes to less than 1gb, if possible. Keep the screen resolution to 480 x 600 or smaller (to help keep file size down). Name files as simply as possible with no special characters or spaces.

Rules for Entry

  • Only member colleges and universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • (ASJMC) with accredited journalism-mass communication programs, and located in the United States or its possessions, are eligible to participate.
  • No more than two contestants from each university may enter each competition except in the Team Multimedia Storytelling competition.
  • Each participating school selects the two students per competition who are eligible to enter.
  • Students who participate in the writing, broadcast news and/or multimedia competitions must be duly enrolled, undergraduate majors in the accredited unit at the time the entry is published, aired or posted. An exception is made for photo entrants who may be from outside of the accredited unit.
  • Spring, summer or fall 2014 graduates may enter the contests in the 2014-2015 program year. The spring or summer 2014 graduates would NOT be eligible to complete in the 2015 National Championship. The entries must have been published/aired/posted before students were graduated.
  • Pre-majors are eligible to enter as long as the entrant confirms the intention to declare a major in the accredited unit and the school verifies this fact. (This rule does not apply to students entering the photo competitions--they no longer have to be journalism majors to enter). Entrants have to be enrolled at least half-time and may not enter the competition in more than three contest years.
  • Student entrants must be actively involved in campus media and must have published articles, photographs, produced newscasts, or produced multimedia postings that can be submitted in our monthly competitions.
  • The competitions are not open to high school students, graduate students, or undergraduate journalism majors who have had one year or more of full-time professional experience-or its equivalent-when the entry is published, produced or posted. (This includes multiple internships if the time totals twelve months or more).
  • STUDY ABROAD: Students who are majors in the accredited unit but are enrolled in an authorized international study-abroad program and receiving credit from their home universities are also eligible.
  • INTERNSHIPS: Because an internship may take place at any time during the calendar year, a student may be declared full-time during an internship in any summer, semester or quarter. An internship means a position in any mass medium or in a professional capacity in journalism communications.
  • A writing entrant may not enter another writing competition after receiving a first place scholarship or two second through fifth place scholarships.
  • A photo entrant may not enter another photo competition after receiving first through fifth place in any of the two photo competitions.
  • A broadcast entrant may not enter another broadcast competition after receiving first through fifth place in any of the broadcast competitions.
  • A multimedia entrant may not enter another multimedia competition after receiving first place in any of the multimedia competitions.
  • An entrant who has won first place in the writing, photojournalism, radio broadcast, television broadcast or multimedia Championships is not eligible to compete in future competitions in the same category.

Contact Information

Program Director
Jan Watten
[email protected]
415-908-4565

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