Students place in "Top Five" of Hearst Radio Winners

Seniors Ruth Eddy and Christopher Allen were recently named among the top five winners in the nation for the radio category of the prestigious Hearst Journalism Awards. The national contest funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation provides cash awards to the top five students and to their colleges.

Eddy, who placed third, and Allen, who placed fifth, also receive an automatic berth to the final competition, where more prize money will be awarded. They'll head to Washington, D.C, for an all-expenses-paid trip in June 2014, and will have to quickly turn around radio stories for consideration.

It's an honor familiar to the School of Journalism. Last year, Jessica Murri, Class of '13, placed first in this round of the Hearst radio competition. She went on to place second, overall, in radio at the finals in San Francisco and was awarded $4,000. Her story about predictions gone wrong and how those affect kite-surfing also won best news coverage and an additional $1,000.

Another recent grad, Samuel Wilson, also competed at the finals in San Francisco — and brought home gold. Wilson won the multimedia category with his story about the "real" San Francisco. He filmed and told the story of a tour guide, on the bus and at home. His award: $5,000 and the Hearst medal!

Congratulations to the J-School's latest Hearst winners and to all their predecessors.

Eddy is the news director for KBGA 89.9, UM's student-run station. Allen is a reporter there. They both file for the weekly radio magazine show Eddy helped create last year, Word of Mouth. The stories they entered for the Hearst competition aired on that show. Several started in class.

- posted on 05/04/14 -