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July 7, 2011

At A Glance

Student journalists win scholarships in Hearst championships

Two University of Iowa students were finalists in the William Randolph Hearst Foundation's national writing championship. The Hearst awards are considered "the Pulitzers of college journalism."

Because of its students' strong showing throughout the year, the UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences placed third in the nation in the overall writing competition. The school received a $2,500 cash prize.
UI students Hayley Bruce and Scott Miller each won a $1,500 scholarship for their performance in the 51st annual Hearst Championships in San Francisco, where they demonstrated their skills in rigorous on-the-spot assignments. Bruce won an additional $1,000 for best reporting technique.
Winners of the Hearst Foundation's 14 monthly competitions during 2010-11 were invited to the championship, held June 6-9. The 27 finalists showed their writing, photography, radio, television and multimedia prowess, tackling assignments developed and judged by media professionals.

Bruce, a sophomore from Wheaton, Ill., qualified for the championship for her article "Records Detail Hunninghake Case," published in The Daily Iowan. Miller, a May 2011 graduate from Overland Park, Kan., qualified for "Go and Catch a Falling Star," also published in The Daily Iowan.


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