School of Communications places in Top 20 in Hearst competition for third straight year

Journalism students paced Elon in a prestigious national contest often called the "Pulitzers of college journalism," which is open to students from 100 accredited schools.

Journalism students propelled Elon University’s School of Communications to a Top 20 national finish in the 2015-16 Hearst Journalism Awards Program for the third 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 13th nationwide and third among private universities, trailing only Syracuse (10th) and Northwestern (11th). Elon recorded two Top 10 national category finishes: 8th in multimedia and 9th in writing.

Following are the students who finished in the top 20 of individual competitions, which often draw more than 100 entries from around the nation:

Elon was 19th overall in the 2014-15 competition and 14th the year before. In 2009, Elon’s Randy Gyllenhaal ’10 took first place in the Hearst National Television Broadcast News Championship.

The top schools in the 2015-16 intercollegiate competition are: University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, The Pennsylvania State University, Western Kentucky University, Arizona State University, University of Nebraska, Indiana University, University of Montana, University of Oregon, University of Missouri, Syracuse University, Northwestern University, Kent State University, Elon University, Ohio University, University of Texas, University of Southern California, Oklahoma State University, University of Florida, University of Maryland and University of North Texas.

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