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University of Iowa News Release

Feb. 18, 2004

Two Awards For In-depth Reporting Give UI Second-Place Standing In Competition

A recent University of Iowa graduate and a current student have won national awards for in-depth news articles they wrote for The Daily Iowan during the 2002-03 academic year. Ryan Foley, a May 2003 graduate, won second place in the collegiate journalism competition sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, and UI junior Grant Schulte placed 17th in the same competition.

Foley's and Schulte's awards, along with UI winners in previous categories in the year-long competition give the UI second-place standing overall among the 100 colleges and universities whose students have submitted entries.

Foley, a Davenport native who was editor of The Daily Iowan in 2002-03, won a $1,500 scholarship for his article, "'Stealth U' in Iowa City duped many, experts say," which exposed an allegedly fraudulent educational institution that advertised a building on the corner of Gilbert and College Streets in Iowa City as its "campus headquarters."

The UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will receive a $1,500 matching grant for Foley's effort. After graduating with a degree in journalism and Spanish, Foley worked as an intern in the Washington, D.C. bureau of The Wall Street Journal in fall 2003. He is currently an Associated Press reporter based in Des Moines.

Schulte, an Iowa City native who is currently metro editor of The Daily Iowan, won a certificate of achievement for his article, "Hancher strikes out in underage alcohol sting," which described a "sting" conducted in spring 2003 by three underage Daily Iowan reporters, who were served alcohol at three separate events at Hancher Auditorium. Schulte is majoring in journalism and German.

Some 81 students enrolled in accredited journalism programs at 47 colleges and universities entered the in-depth writing competition. The foundation sponsors six writing, three photojournalism, two radio broadcast news and two television broadcast news competitions each academic year, beginning in October and ending in April. The competition year culminates in June with the National Writing, Photojournalism and Broadcast News Championships, and is open to selected winning students from the monthly competitions who also receive additional awards.

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program is presented annually under the auspices of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC) and funded 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 44th year of competitions, in which more than $400,000 in scholarships and grants will be awarded to students and schools.

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