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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.

 

Multimedia Award

  • Each university may submit two entries from two different students per multimedia competition.
  • Multimedia entrants must be undergraduate journalism majors (or recent journalism graduates) in an ACEJMC-accredited journalism program.
  • An entry is a single multimedia project executed by the entrant (except in the Team Multimedia รขโ‚ฌโ€œ News Competition).
  • An entry must have been posted on the Web and the entrant must have completed at least three of the following components: writing, photos, audio slideshows, video, animation, graphics or any other visual tools. Entrants also could have used social media, including blogging. Entries must be journalism, and may not include dramatization, and are defined as a single piece of journalism executed essentially by one journalist.
  • If the entry is from a professional Website, a statement from the editor must be e-mailed or faxed to the program office to verify that the multimedia piece was the work of the entrant.
  • All multimedia entries must be appropriate to the category in which they are submitted.
  • A multimedia piece submitted once may not be submitted again in any other competition.
  • A multimedia entrant is not eligible to enter another competition after qualifying for Championship.
  • A entrant who has won first place in the Multimedia Championship is not eligible to compete in future multimedia competitions.

Competitions and Deadlines

COMPETITION ONE: NARRATIVE MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING โ€“ FEATURES
Entries consist of a narrative feature story (as opposed to a personality profile) for an online audience using linear multimedia techniques, with an emphasis on multimedia storytelling, the quality of journalism and creative use of the medium.

Each entry must have been posted on the Web and the entrant must have completed at least three of the following components: writing, photos, audio slideshows, video, animation, interactivity, Flash, graphics or any other data-driven tools. Entrants also could have used social media, including blogging. Entries must be journalism, and may not include dramatization, and are defined as a single piece of journalism executed essentially by one journalist.

One project per entrant.

The entry must have been produced and posted on the Web between September 1, 2013 and December 1, 2014.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Tuesday, December 1, 2014

COMPETITION TWO: NEWS
Entries consist of a hard news or breaking news event produced under deadline pressure. The entry should clearly demonstrate how quickly and accurately the entrant used available multimedia techniques to cover the story, with emphasis on the quality of journalism and creative use of the medium, and demonstrate use of real-time reporting for an online audience. Entrants also could have used social media, including blogging. Entrants must indicate publishing timeline on disclosure form when entering.

Entrants must indicate publishing timeline on disclosure form when entering.

Feature stories will be disqualified by the judges.

Entries must be journalism, and may not include dramatization, and are defined as a single piece of journalism executed essentially by one journalist.

Each entry must have been posted on the Web and the entrant must have completed at least three of the following components: writing, photos, audio slideshows, video, animation, interactivity, Flash, graphics or any other data-driven tools.

One project per entrant.

The entry must have been produced and posted on the Web between September 1, 2013 and January 19, 2015.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Tuesday, January 20, 2015

COMPETITION THREE: ENTERPRISE REPORTING
Entries consist of a multimedia piece for an online audience using visual storytelling techniques, including explanatory and investigative journalism โ€“ across any topic. Entries must be journalism, and may not include dramatization, and are defined as a single piece of journalism executed essentially by one journalist.

Each entry must have been posted on the Web and the entrant must have completed at least three of the following components: writing, photos, audio slideshows, video, animation, interactivity, Flash, graphics or any other data-driven tools. Entrants also could have used social media, including blogging.

One project per entrant.

The entry must have been produced and posted on the Web between September 1, 2013 and February 23, 2015.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Tuesday, February 24, 2015.

COMPETITION FOUR: TEAM MULTIMEDIA STORYTELLING โ€“ NEWS
Entries consist of team reporting in covering news for an online audience using multimedia techniques, with an emphasis on multimedia storytelling, the quality of journalism and creative use of the medium. Entries must be news; they can be based on but are not limited to public affairs, business, science or sports news. Entries must be journalism, and may not include dramatization. The entry must have been posted on the Web and the entrants must have completed at least three of the following components: writing, photos, audio slideshows, video, animation, interactivity, Flash, graphics or any other data-driven tools. Entrants also could have used social media, including blogging.

Entrants must indicate publishing timeline on disclosure form when entering.

Entrants MUST be undergraduate students (with the exception of minor help from graduate students who may have assisted with the project.) A team is defined as 2 people to no more than 15 people. Awards will be divided by the individual undergraduates on the winning teams. Each university may enter a total of two team projects.

The entry must have been produced and posted on the Web between September 1, 2013 and March 30, 2015.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Tuesday, March 31, 2015.
There will be no Championship component for this competition.

NATIONAL MULTIMEDIA CHAMPIONSHIP
This event is open to five selected finalists: the first-place winners from competitions one, two and three and two highest-scoring individuals from these competitions.

Notable Winners

Jury

1. Tiffany Campbell, Managing Editor, Digital at WBUR 90.9, MA

2. Sue Morrow, Assistant Director of Multimedia at Sacramento Bee , CA

3. Kate O'Brian, President, Al Jazeera America, NY

Multimedia entries will be evaluated on the following points:

  • Visual story telling
  • Writing
  • Reporting
  • Photography
  • Audio and video
  • Graphics
  • Versatility
  • Human interest
  • News value
  • Originality
  • Editing
  • Navigation and Structure
  • Design

 

 

Monetary/Material Award Details

1st place - $5,000
2nd place - $4,000
3rd place - $3,000
Finalists - $1,500
Multimedia Story of the Year - $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.

Competition One:

  • One project per entrant.
  • The entry must have been produced and posted on the Web between September 1, 2013 and December 1, 2014.

Competition Two: News:

  • Entrants must indicate publishing timeline on disclosure form when entering.
  • Feature stories will be disqualified by the judges.
  • Entries must be journalism, and may not include dramatization, and are defined as a single piece of journalism executed essentially by one journalist.
  • Each entry must have been posted on the Web and the entrant must have completed at least three of the following components: writing, photos, audio slideshows, video, animation, interactivity, Flash, graphics or any other data-driven tools.
  • One project per entrant.
  • The entry must have been produced and posted on the Web between September 1, 2013 and January 19, 2015.

Competition Three: Enterprise Reporting:

  • One project per entrant.
  • The entry must have been produced and posted on the Web between September 1, 2013 and February 23, 2015.

Competition Four: Team Multimedia Storytelling - News:

  • Entrants must indicate publishing timeline on disclosure form when entering.
  • Entrants MUST be undergraduate students (with the exception of minor help from graduate students who may have assisted with the project.) A team is defined as 2 people to no more than 15 people. Awards will be divided by the individual undergraduates on the winning teams. Each university may enter a total of two team projects.
  • The entry must have been produced and posted on the Web between September 1, 2013 and March 30, 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, entry name, website name, dissemination date, URL.
  • Fill out disclosure information (level of entrant's responsibility for various components of the entry).
  • Upload entry link.
  • Upload letter from the Website editor (if applicable) and/or any other additional information under supporting materials.

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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