DEADLINE: Tuesday, April 9, 2019
The last competition for the 2018-19 Hearst Journalism Awards Writing Competition is breaking news writing. The competition is open to undergraduate students who are media and journalism majors or premajors. Students who graduated in spring or summer 2018 or will graduate in December 2018 can submit work.
Contest guidelines state: “Entries should be a report of an event written under deadline pressure. The entry should clearly demonstrate how quickly and accurately the entrant used available journalism tools to cover the story, with emphasis on a demonstrated use of real-time reporting. The article must be major coverage of the event, and not a sidebar, analysis, etc.”
Articles must have been published between March 1, 2018, and April 15, 2019, inclusively. Only single byline articles are allowed. Entries can be single articles, or they can include sidebars that are shorter than the main article, related to the topic and published on the same day and written by the same entrant. An entry submitted once may not be resubmitted in any other Hearst competition.
Students may submit work that has been published in a campus or professional publication. If the work is from a professional publication, the entry must include a letter from the publication's editor stating that the entry is student work with minimal editing and no editor rewriting.
IMPORTANT: Entries must include a statement about date and time of event; if the story was printed in a one-day publishing cycle, in the next disseminated publication (if not a daily), or when it was disseminated; and the circumstances of the story and explanation of any help or advice the entrant received in producing the story.
Students should email their entries to Lecturer John Robinson at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, April 9, so they can be judged by the school’s Hearst committee prior to the national contest deadline. Letters from editors also can be emailed to Lecturer Robinson.
Students may submit more than one story but no more than four.
Two students and a single entry from each student will be selected from the school to send to the national competition. The school winners will each receive $50.