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Dec. 21, 2005

UI Student Triplett Places First In Hearst Foundation Contest

University of Iowa journalism student Brian Triplett has won first place in the William Randolph Hearst Foundation's Editorial/Columns of Opinion Writing Competition for his column "The Sun Also Rises."

The column, which ran Sept. 12, 2005 in The Daily Iowan student newspaper, chronicles Triplett's experience helping people displaced by hurricane Katrina. It is available online at

Triplett will receive $2,000 for educational expenses, and will compete in the foundation's National Writing Championship, which will be held in San Francisco in June 2006.

Eighty students from 47 journalism schools across the country competed for the 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.

There are 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 monthly competitions honor the top 10 winners with awards ranging from $500 to $2,000, with the schools receiving matching grants. 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.

For more information about the awards, please visit

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