School of Communications earns national top 10 in Hearst broadcast news competition
For the fourth straight year, Elon places in the top 20 of the full Hearst Journalism Awards.
Elon University’s School of Communications finished in the top 10 nationally in the 2016-17 Hearst Intercollegiate Broadcast competition and in the top 20 of the overall Hearst Journalism Awards for the fourth consecutive year.
The Hearst competition offers a series of 14 competitions in writing, photojournalism, broadcast news and multimedia each year. The competition is open to college students from more than 100 schools accredited by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications. Student work is reviewed by professionals and awarded points by each of three judges in every competition.
Elon placed eighth in broadcast and 16th in writing, leading to the university’s 17th-place overall ranking (fourth among private universities, trailing Syracuse, Northwestern and Southern California). Elon students also individually recorded three top 10 national category finishes: third in television news, seventh in breaking news and ninth in radio news.
The following list highlights students who finished in the top 20 of individual competitions, which often draw more than 100 entries from around the nation:
- Andrew Feather ’17 finished third in the Broadcast News II competition for “Response times rising for Elon town police” and “Potential ADA violations found at more than half of Alamance County voting sites.”
- Tommy Hamzik ’17 finished seventh in the Breaking News Writing competition for his Dr. Danieley obituary.
- Maya Eaglin ’19 finished ninth in the Radio News and Features competition.
- Lee Jenkins ’18 finished 15th in the Radio News and Features competition.
- Bryan Anderson ’18 finished 13th in the Breaking News Writing competition for “North Carolina repeals HB2,” which he wrote for the Burlington Times-News.
- Paige Pauroso '17 finished 18th in the Broadcast News II competition.
- Perry Elyaderani ’18, Francesca Collins ’17, Jackie Pascale ’18, Jack Pasi ’17, Tyler Patchen ’17 and Oly Zayac ’17 finished 19th in the Multimedia Team Reporting competition for “Overcoming Opiates.”
Elon placed 13th overall last year, 19th in 2014-15 and 14th in 2013-14. In 2009, Randy Gyllenhaal ’10 took first place in the Hearst National Television Broadcast News Championship.