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University of Iowa News Release

Jan. 8, 2003

UI Senior Wins 9th Place In Opinion Writing Competition

Calvin R. Hennick, a University of Iowa senior from Maxwell, Iowa, has won ninth place in a national opinion writing competition for college journalists. The contest was part of the annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation journalism awards program for undergraduates, which includes six writing competitions during the academic year.

Hennick's column, "Boycott Men's B-ball," was published Nov. 20, 2002, in The Daily Iowan. It is available online at

He will receive $500 from the Hearst Foundation, and the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will receive a matching grant.

Hennick, a journalism and English major, is the opinions editor for The Daily Iowan. When he wrote the column he was assistant opinions editor. Following graduation in May, he plans to work as a reporting intern for the Quad-City Times in Davenport, followed by two years as an English instructor in the Teach for America program.

There were 92 students from 55 colleges and universities competing in the editorial/columns of opinion writing category. Hennick's award moved the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication into third place overall in this year's Hearst intercollegiate writing competition.

The Hearst editorial/columns of opinion competition drew entries from 92 students from 55 universities and colleges around the country. 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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