Telford places fourth in Hearst profile contest

The Media School Report • May 11, 2017

Junior Taylor Telford placed fourth in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program’s personality/profile writing contest, the organization announced last week.

Her entry was among 114 feature stories submitted from 62 schools. She will receive a $1,000 scholarship for her achievement.

The personality/profile writing category is one of 14 monthly competitions of the Hearst program, which consists of five writing, two photojournalism, one radio, two TV and four multimedia categories, with championship finals in all divisions. Students submit their previously published work for the contests. Students from 106 undergraduate journalism programs at universities across the nation are eligible to participate.

The program awards up to $500,000 in scholarships and grants annually, including student scholarships and matching grants for schools. 

Schools also receive matching gifts, as well as a prize at the end of the cycle for the school that accumulates the most points based on their students’ total points. Currently, Indiana University is in first in the Intercollegiate Writing Competition with the highest accumulated points.

In this cycle of monthly contests, Telford placed second and senior Hannah Alani was fifth in the enterprise reporting contest. Junior Jordan Guskey won the sports writing competition. Sophomores Laurel Demkovich and Sarah Gardner placed third and fourth, respectively, in the feature writing contest. 

Those who win first in their categories compete in a national competition in San Francisco in June. The Media School students have had success in past Hearst contests. Seven IU students competed in the finals last June, and Alden Woods, BAJ’16, won first prize.

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program is conducted under the auspices of accredited schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication, and is fully funded and administered by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.