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University of Iowa News Release

May 23, 2003

UI Journalism School Places Fifth In National Writing Competition

The combined efforts of students in the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication helped the school to a fifth-place finish in the annual Hearst Intercollegiate Writing Competition.

The competition, sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, includes six writing competitions throughout the academic year. UI students placed in the top 20 in five of the six competitions. Ryan Foley, a senior, won fourth place in the in-depth category; Tyler Lechtenberg, a junior, won sixth place in the sports category; Tony Robinson, a junior, won ninth place in the spot news category; Chao Xiong, a senior, won 10th place in the features category; and Lauren Smiley, a sophomore won 15th place in the features category and 17th place in the personality/profile category.

The UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication, which is part of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, will receive a medallion in recognition of the students' award-winning work.

"The Hearst Writing Competition is considered by many to be the college equivalent of the Pulitzers," said Pam Creedon, director of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. "These awards showcase the strength of our program and the exceptional quality of our students, faculty and the Daily Iowan."

The University of Kentucky tied with the UI for fifth place. Other top finishers were: Northwestern University, first; Pennsylvania State University, second; University of Nebraska-Lincoln, third; University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, fourth.

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program is presented annually under the auspices of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC) with full funding by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The program's mission is to encourage and support excellence in journalism and journalism education in America's colleges and universities. Currently 105 accredited undergraduate schools of journalism in the U.S. participate in the program.

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