Two J-School students win Hearst Journalism Awards

Two Montana Journalism students placed in the 2014 Hearst Journalism Awards program in the category “Multimedia Enterprise Reporting.”

Photojournalism senior Rachel Leathe took fourth place, and fellow photojournalism senior Louise Johns took sixth place.

Leathe’s documentary, “Solitude,” won her a $1,000 scholarship from Hearst, with matching funds going to the School of Journalism.

Leathe says her documentary is about different facets of solitude in our society and how everyone experiences solitude differently. Leathe is a photographer and videographer for the Montana Kaimin.

Johns placed sixth, and won a certificate for her “Our Kindred Partners” documentary. Her documentary profiles a horse caretaker in Dillon, Mont. who has a holistic approach to training horses.

“The video highlights the beauty of the human-horse relationship,” Johns added.

Both projects were nominated by photojournalism professor Jeremy Lurgio. Leathe’s project was produced in Lurgio's documentary photography class and Johns’ in his advanced multimedia class.

- posted on 03/21/14 -