Hearst Journalism Awards Program

The Hearst Journalism Awards program is a multi-level awards program that features scholarship money for the winners. To be considered for an award, students must first submit their entries to the designated contact in HSJMC. The two nominees from HSJMC to each Hearst contest will receive $50 and recognition for the achievement. Students who are finalists in the competition nationally can win anywhere from $1,000 to $5,000 scholarships.
 
Contact the contest coordinator listed under each award for more information. HSJMC majors only, except for photojournalism categories.
 

Writing Awards

Entries must be received in HSJMC Murphy 110 or emailed to Gayle Golden at ggolden@umn.edu. Please include the article link plus the following: Student name, address, phone, year in school and major(s). 

Feature Writing
Deadline: Submit article (or notice of its upcoming publication) by Oct. 27, 2017. 
Creative feature writing: color or mood article covering news, business, feature, or entertainment as opposed to a conventional news story or personality profile. Sidebars subordinate in length and content to the article may be included.
Articles must be disseminated in print or online or both from Oct. 1, 2016 through Oct. 30, 2017. 

Enterprise Reporting
Deadline: Submit article (or notice of its upcoming publication) by Dec. 8, 2017.
Original reporting – including explanatory and investigative journalism – across any topic. If from a series, one article of the series may be submitted but must be accompanied by not more than one page summarizing the remaining articles and describing resultant actions, if any. Sidebars subordinate in length and content to the article may be included.
Articles must be disseminated in print or online or both from Dec. 1, 2016 through Dec. 11, 2017. 

Sports Writing
Deadline: Submit article (or notice of its upcoming publication) by Jan. 26, 2018

A news, feature story or commentary in sports, which must relate to an event or issue, not to a sports personality. Sidebars subordinate in length and content to the article may be included.
Articles must be disseminated in print or online or both from Feb. 1, 2017 through Jan. 29, 2018.

Personality/Profile Writing
Deadline: Submit article (or notice of its upcoming publication) by March 9, 2018
A personality sketch of someone on or off campus.
All articles must be disseminated in print or online or both from March 1, 2017 through March 12, 2018.

Breaking News Writing
Deadline: Submit article (or notice of its upcoming publication) by April 13, 2018

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 a major coverage of the event and not a sidebar, analysis, etc.  
All articles must be disseminated in print or online or both from March 1, 2017 through April 16, 2018.

Broadcast Awards

Entries must be received in HSJMC Murphy 110 or emailed to Scott Libin at slibin@umn.edu. Please include the audio/video link plus the following: Student name, address, phone, year in school and major(s). 

Radio News/Features
Deadline: Submit audio (or notice of its upcoming publication) by Jan. 12, 2018

Entries must be coverage of breaking or developing news stories, and/or non-deadline news, non-deadline reporting of personalities, events or issues. Entries may be based on but not limited to public affairs, business, investigations, science, sports, or weather. Each entry must consist of at least two reports in news and/or features, totaling no more than ten minutes. The reports may be part of a longer newscast, but the entry itself is limited to ten minutes. Entries may be accompanied by multimedia versions of the reports entered as long as they were produced primarily by the entrant.
Entries must have been disseminated on air or online from Sept. 1, 2016 through Jan. 15, 2018.

Television Features
Deadline: Submit video (or notice of its upcoming publication) by Nov. 10, 2017

Entries must be non-deadline reporting of personalities, events, or issues. Entries may be based on but not limited to public affairs, business, investigations, science, sports, or weather. Each entry must consist of at least two reports totaling no more than ten minutes. The reports may be part of a longer newscast, but the entry itself is limited to ten minutes. Entries may be accompanied by multimedia versions of the reports entered as long as they were produced primarily by the entrant.
Entries must have been disseminated on air or online from Sept. 1, 2016 through Nov. 13, 2017.

Television News 
Deadline: Submit video (or notice of its upcoming publication) by Feb. 16, 2018
Entries must be based on coverage of breaking or developing news stories related to campus, community, national, or international issues, sports, business, investigative, science, weather, or other current newsworthy matters. Reports must have a hard-news focus, regardless of subject. Each entry must consist of at least two reports totaling no more than ten minutes. The reports may be part of a longer newscast, but the entry itself is limited to ten minutes. Entries may be accompanied by multimedia versions of the reports entered as long as they were produced primarily by the entrant.
Entries must have been disseminated on air or online from Sept. 1, 2016 through Feb. 19, 2018.

Multimedia Awards

Entries must be received in HSJMC Murphy 110 or emailed to Gayle Golden at ggolden@umn.edu. Please include the entry link plus the following: Student name, address, phone, year in school and major(s). 

Narrative Multimedia Storytelling Features 
Deadline: Submit entry (or notice of its upcoming publication) by Nov. 24, 2017
Entries consist of a narrative feature story (as opposed to a personality profile) for an online audience using linear multimedia techniques, with an emphasis on multimedia storytelling, the quality of journalism, and creative use of the medium. Entries in this category can be largely focused on a single video narrative with other elements. Any entry that consists primarily of a video should be entered in this category only. Each entry must have been posted on the Web and the entrant must have completed at least three substantial of the following components: writing, photos, audio slideshows, video, animation, interactivity, graphics, or any other data-driven tools. Entrants also could have used social media, including blogging. Entries must be journalism, and may not include dramatization, and are defined as a single piece of journalism executed essentially by one journalist. One project per entrant.
The entry must have been produced and posted on the web between Sept. 1, 2016 and Nov. 27, 2017.

Multimedia News 
Deadline: Submit entry (or notice of its upcoming publication) by Jan. 19, 2018
Entries consist of a hard news or breaking news event produced under deadline pressure. The entry should clearly demonstrate how quickly and accurately the entrant used available multimedia techniques to cover the story, with emphasis on the quality of journalism and creative use of the medium, and demonstrate use of real-time reporting for an online audience. Entrants can also use social media, including blogging. Feature stories will be disqualified by the judges. Any entry that consists primarily of a video will be disqualified from this category. Entries must be journalism, may not include dramatization, and are defined as a single piece of journalism executed essentially by one journalist. Each entry must have been posted on the web and the entrant must have completed at least three substantial of the following components: writing, photographs, audio slideshows, video, interactivity, graphics, or any other data-driven tools. One project per entrant.
The entry must have been produced and posted on the web between Sept. 1, 2016 and Jan. 22, 2018.

Multimedia Enterprise Reporting
Deadline: Submit entry (or notice of its upcoming publication) by March 2, 2018

Entries consist of a multimedia piece for an online audience using visual storytelling techniques, including explanatory, and investigative journalism – across any topic – and explores the forces that shape the event. Entries must be journalism, may not include dramatization, and are defined as a single piece of journalism executed essentially by one journalist. Each entry must have been posted on the web and the entrant must have completed at least three substantial of the following components: writing, photos, audio slideshows, video, animation, interactivity, graphics, or any other data-driven tools. Entrants also could have used social media, including blogging. Any entry that consists primarily of a video will be disqualified from this category. One project per entrant.
The entry must have been produced and posted on the web between Sept. 1, 2016 and March 5, 2018.

Team Multimedia Storytelling - News
Deadline: Submit entry (or notice of its upcoming publication) by April 6, 2018

Entries consist of team reporting in covering news for an online audience using multimedia techniques, with an emphasis on multimedia storytelling, the quality of journalism, and creative use of the medium. Entries must be news; they can be based on but are not limited to public affairs, business, science, or sports news. Entries must be journalism, and may not include dramatization. The entry must have been posted on the web and the entrants must have completed at least three substantial of the following components: writing, photographs, audio slideshows, video, interactivity, , graphics, or any other data-driven tools. Entrants also could have used social media, including blogging. Any entry that consists primarily of a video will be disqualified from this category. Entrants MUST be undergraduate students (with the exception of minor help from graduate students who may have assisted with the project.) Awards will be divided by the individual undergraduates on the winning teams. Projects from teams of more than 5 people will be recognized as one team entry, and there may be up to 15 members on the team.
The entry must have been produced and posted on the Web between Sept. 1, 2016 and April 9, 2018.

Photojournalism Awards

Entries must be received in HSJMC Murphy 110 or emailed to Gayle Golden at ggolden@umn.edu. Please include the entry link plus the following: Student name, address, phone, year in school and major(s). 

News and Features 
Deadline: Submit entry (or notice of its upcoming publication) by Nov. 3, 2017
An entry consists of at least two news and two features images, of the following categories:.

  • News: breaking news, general news, or photos related to sporting events.
  • Features: features, portraits, sports, or documentary photography.

An entry will consist of a minimum of four images (at least two news and two feature) and a maximum of eight images.
All photographs must have been taken during the following time frame and one image must have been disseminated in print or online or both from Sept. 1, 2016 through Nov. 6, 2017.

Picture Story/Series - Visual Journalism
Deadline: Submit entry (or notice of its upcoming publication) by Feb. 9, 2018

Each entry must include one picture story/series (still images) with up to 15 images on any subject. Optional: entrant may include a video that contains the images submitted in the picture story, not to exceed 60 seconds. nat sound or dialogue is acceptable but not necessary. 
All photos submitted must have been taken and disseminated in print on online from Sept. 1, 2016 through Feb. 12, 2018.