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University of Iowa News Release

Nov. 20, 2003

Photo: University of Iowa journalism student Lauren Smiley. Click here for a high-resolution version of the image.

UI Junior Wins First Place In Competition For College Journalists

A University of Iowa student has won first place in a national feature writing competition for college journalists. Lauren Smiley, a junior from Marion, won $2,000 from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation journalism awards program for undergraduates for her article, "Isaac Mizrahi at the fair," published in The Des Moines Register on Aug. 12, 2003.

In the award-winning article, Smiley described the visit of fashion designer Isaac Mizrahi to the Iowa State Fair, and the "makeovers" he did for several Iowa women. She wrote the story during her summer feature writing internship at The Register.

Smiley was competing against 112 other students from 63 journalism schools nationwide in this first Hearst writing competition of the year. Her first-place win qualifies her for the foundation's National Writing Championship, which will be held in San Francisco June 2 to 6. The foundation sponsors six writing, three photojournalism, two radio broadcast news and two television broadcast news competitions each academic year.

A journalism and Spanish major, Smiley is a UI Presidential Scholarship recipient and a staff writer for the Daily Iowan. Last year she placed 15th in the Hearst feature writing competition and 17th in the personality profile competition.

The UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will receive a $2,000 matching grant as part of Smiley's award.

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. This is the 43rd year of competitions, in which more than $400,000 in scholarships and grants will be awarded to students and schools.

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