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.
- Each university may submit two entrants' work per writing competition.
- A competition entry must be a single article written by a single undergraduate journalism major (or recent journalism graduate). Only single bylines are allowed.
- Entries must have been disseminated in print or online or both in a campus or professional publication.
- Articles must be appropriate for the competition in which they are submitted, and must be produced and published within the time limitations specified.
- If a story has a credit line, the entrant must include a statement describing the writing, reporting or editing work contributed by the person(s) cited in the credit line.
- Sidebars, subordinate in length and content to the article submitted, written by the same entrant on the same topic and published the same day, will be considered part of a single entry.
- If the entry is from a professional publication, it must be verified in an accompanying letter by the publication's editor attesting that the entry is student work with minimal editing and no editor rewriting.
- Corrections and clarifications: If a correction was published or issued online after the original story was presented to the audience, the correction or clarification must be submitted as well.
- A student may enter multiple writing competitions with the following exceptions: if the entrant wins first place, if the entrant qualifies for the Championship, or if the entrant places twice in the top five.
- An entrant who has won first place in the Writing Championship is not eligible to compete in future writing competitions.
- An entry submitted once may not be resubmitted in any other competition or in any other competition year.
Competitions and Deadlines
Creative feature writing: color or mood article covering news, business, feature or entertainment as opposed to a conventional news story or personality profile. Sidebars subordinate in length and content to the article may be included.
All articles must be disseminated in print or online or both from October 1, 2013 through November 1, 2014.
DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Original reporting – including explanatory and investigative journalism across any topic. If from a series, one article of the series may be submitted but must be accompanied by not more than one page summarizing the remaining articles and describing resultant actions, if any. Sidebars subordinate in length and content to the article may be included.
All articles must be disseminated in print or online or both from December 1, 2013 through December 8, 2014.
DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Tuesday, December 9, 2014
A news, feature story or commentary in sports, which must relate to an event or issue, not to a sports personality. Sidebars subordinate in length and content to the article may be included.
All articles must be disseminated in print or online or both from February 1, 2014 through January 26, 2015.
DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Tuesday, January 27, 2015
A personality sketch of an individual on or off campus.
All articles must be disseminated in print or online or both from March 1, 2014 through March 9, 2015.
DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Tuesday, March 10, 2015
BREAKING NEWS WRITING
Entries should be a report of an event written under deadline pressure. The entry should clearly demonstrate how quickly and accurately the entrant used available journalism tools to cover the story, with emphasis on a demonstrated use of real-time reporting. The article must be a major coverage of the event, and not a sidebar, analysis, etc.
All articles must be disseminated in print or online or both from March 1, 2014 through April 13, 2015.
DEADLINE: Entries must be received by Tuesday, April 14, 2015
NATIONAL WRITING CHAMPIONSHIP
This event is open to eight selected finalists from the writing competitions: five first-place winners and three finalists who placed highest in their combined top two scores.