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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.

Photojournalism Award Guidelines

  • Each university may submit two entrants' work per photo competition.
  • Photo entrants do not have to be journalism majors to enter the photo competitions as long as they are attending a university with an ACEJMC-accredited journalism program.
  • All photo entries must be appropriate to the competition in which they are submitted and must have been made by the entrant.
  • One photograph from each entry must have been published in print or online or both during the time period designated to each competition.
  • Entries may be submitted from newspapers, magazines, online media or Web sites.
  • If the entry is from a professional publication, a statement from the editor of that publication must be submitted to verify that the photo was the work of the entrant.
  • Photos approved for a yearbook not yet published are also acceptable if accompanied by a letter from the department administrator verifying the photo's use in the publication.

This competition is journalism. The content may not be digitally altered significantly beyond standard optimization as in cropping, reasonable adjustments to exposure, color and contrast, etc.

It is not permissible to alter the basic reality of a photograph (with the exception of the "personal vision" category).
No removal or insertion of objects from the photo.
No cloning pixels to create a new image or add to an image.
No radical color changes.

Competitions and Deadlines

PHOTOJOURNALISM I: News and Features Photography
An entry consists of a minimum of four images (at least two news and two features) and a maximum of eight images.

News: breaking news, general news or news photos relating to sporting events.

Features: features, portraits, sports, documentary photography.

All photographs must have been taken during the following time frame and one image must have been disseminated in print or online or both from September 1, 2013 through November 10, 2014.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Tuesday, November 11, 2014

PHOTOJOURNALISM II: Picture Story/Series
Each entry must include one picture story/series with up to fifteen images on any subject.

All photographs must have been taken during the following time frame and one image must have been disseminated in print or online or both from September 1, 2013 through February 15, 2015.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Tuesday, February 17, 2015

PHOTOJOURNALISM SEMI-FINAL COMPETITION
The semi-final competition is open to the top 12 semi-finalists from the two photo competitions: the five top-scoring entrants from each competition, plus two entrants with the highest scores.

DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Wednesday, April 29, 2015

NATIONAL PHOTOJOURNALISM CHAMPIONSHIP
This event is open to the six finalists who are selected from the 12 semi-finalists.

 

Notable Winners

Jury

Ten media professionals--working journalists/editors--judge the students' work. The judges rotate every 3 years.

1. Steve Gonzales: Director of Photography Houston Chronicle, TX

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

3. Jakub Mosur: Freelance Photographer San Francisco, CA

Photojournalism entries are judged based on the following criteria:

  • Photographic quality
  • Visual story telling
  • Versatility
  • Consistency
  • Human interest
  • News value
  • Originality
  • Editing
  • Writing
  • Reporting

Monetary/Material Award Details

1st place - $5,000
2nd place - $4,000
3rd place - $3,000
finalists - $1,500
semi-finalists - $1,000
Best Portfolio - $1,000
Best Single Photo - $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.

News and Features Photography:

  • All photographs must have been taken during the following time frame and one image must have been disseminated in print or online or both from September 1, 2013 through November 10, 2014.

Picture Story/Series:

  • All photographs must have been taken during the following time frame and one image must have been disseminated in print or online or both from September 1, 2013 through February 15, 2015.

Entry Fee Details

Required Material

Entry Format

Competition entries are submitted through a 2-part process:

PART 1: The chair or administering faculty member of the accredited journalism department emails the entrant's information to Jan Watten ([email protected]):

Email subject line: Entrant Name, School Name, Photo Competition II Entry
In the body of the email, please list the following:
Entrant Name
Entrant School
Entrant Email
Entrant Phone
Entrant Home Address
Entrant Class Standing
Professor's Name and Email

Please also email any supporting materials such as letters from the editor or a copy of the tear sheet of the published image (one image from the series must have been published) to Jan Watten.

PART 2: Upload images to PhotoShelter

The entrant will receive an email from Photoshelter allowing them to enter the competition.

(If you have an account with PhotoShelter already: Skip to Step 3, below).

Step 2: If you do NOT have an account with PhotoShelter, then you can sign up for an account using the special promo code " HEARSTSTUDENT ". This will give you a standard PhotoShelter account that is free for the first year.

Step 3: Create an image gallery within your account that contains all of the images that you are submitting. Please make sure of the following:

  • Please label your portfolio with school name and entrant name: San Francisco State_Ansel_Adams.
  • Please label each image before you upload it in the following manner: Entrant name_image #. Example: Robert_Smith_01.jpg, Robert_Smith_02.jpg. You will not be able to label the images after you've submitted them to PhotoShelter.
  • Please include your captions in the IPTC meta data field of your images before you upload them. You will not be able to add the captions after you've submitted them to PhotoShelter.
  • Please make sure your images are large JPEGs that are suitable for printing

Step 4: From inside the gallery, click the "select all" link above the images which will then select all of the images in your gallery.

Step 5: Click on the "Actions" Menu button, select "Copy to MU", and select "Hearst Foundation" from the pull down menu.

Step 6: Make sure to click the Designate yourself as Photographer check box.

Step 7: Click Submit. Your images will be instantly transferred to the Heart Foundation. You will not be able to review your portfolio once it has been submitted.

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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