IU wins Hearst writing competition for 6th consecutive year
IU placed first in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program’s Intercollegiate Competition writing competition for the sixth year in a row, earning The Media School a $10,000 prize.
Often called “the Pulitzers of college journalism,” Hearst holds monthly competitions in writing, television, radio, multimedia and photojournalism for journalism undergraduates. Schools accumulate points when their students place in the various categories.
Junior Caroline Anders won the final writing category, Breaking News, for “Barge resigns as Monroe County commissioner amid harassment accusations,” published in the Indiana Daily Student. Anders broke the story of a contractor’s accusations of sexual harassment against county commissioner and mayoral candidate Amanda Barge, which led Barge to suspend her campaign and resign from public office.
Anders won a $3,000 scholarship for her achievement.
Other students who placed in the competition, contributing to the point total, are:
- Laurel Demkovich, BAJ’19: Features, first place
- Sarah Verschoor, senior: Sports, second place
- Kaitlin Edquist, BAJ’19: Personality/Profile, third place
- Lydia Gerike, senior: Enterprise Reporting, sixth place
- Hannah Boufford, senior: Features, ninth place
Anders, Demkovich, Gerike and Verschoor will participate in the finals of the Hearst National Writing Competition in June in San Francisco. Last year, Jack Evans, BAJ’18, and Nyssa Kruse, BAJ’19, placed first and second in the competition, respectively.