University of Montana graduate Madelyn Beck takes second place in Hearst competition

For the second time this year, the Hearst Journalism Awards Program has recognized University of Montana School of Journalism alumna Madelyn Beck for her outstanding work. Beck learned that she'd garnered second place in the Hearst Journalism Awards National Championships while in San Francisco for the annual awards ceremony.


"I'm so terribly thankful to the Hearst Journalism Awards Program for putting on this event," she says. "It was an exquisite experience."

Despite graduating from the University of Montana School of Journalism in May, the Manhattan native has been blogging on the J-School website about her trip to the national competition, detailing, for example, her nearly missed airplane flight to California. She took a more contemplative tone when pondering the meaning of her trip to San Francisco to mingle with other young and talented journalists. "We needed to be there because by seeing the best of the best and realizing that we're so similar in age and ability," Beck wrote, "we challenge each other to do even better." 


In January, Beck garnered fourth place in the Hearst Radio News and Features category. Beck's two entries "Roadkill for Dinner" and "Women of the Bakken" were selected from among a record 58 entired from 35 schools. The January win earned Beck an all-expense paid trip to San Francisco for the national championship competition.


Last June, UM J-School grads, Christopher Allen and Ruth Eddy placed first and second at the Hearst Journalism Awards National Championship finals. 

Posted on 6/5/2015