The Hearst Student Journalism Awards Program, founded in 1960, provide support, encouragement, and assistance to journalism education at the college and university level. The program awards scholarships to students for outstanding performance in college-level journalism, with matching grants to the students’ schools.
The 60th annual program offering up to $700,000 in awards, consists of five monthly writing competitions, two photojournalism competitions, one radio competition, two television competitions, and four multimedia competitions – with championship finals in all divisions.
Participation in the program is open to undergraduate journalism majors currently enrolled in ACEJMC – accredited domestic universities. Moreover, entrants participating in the Hearst Student Journalism Awards must be an active journalist involved in campus media. Further, s/he must have articles, photographs or newscasts or multimedia pieces published in the paper/digital media.
The students winning the Hearst Student Journalism Awards will receive an equivalent amount in scholarship. The students will compete in monthly journalism competition, championship competition and intercollegiate competition.
The overall winner of the monthly journalism competition will receive a scholarship amount of $3,000. The student coming up in the second place will receive $2,000, while the third-place winner will receive $1,500. Further, fourth and fifth place winner will receive $1,000 worth scholarship.
Further, the overall winner of the championship journalism competition will receive a scholarship amount of $10,000. The second-place winner will receive $7,500 while the third-place winner will receive $5,000. Further, the finalists of the championship will receive $1,500 each.
The intercollegiate journalism award for the first place is worth $10,000 while the second and the third-place awards are worth $4,000 and $2,000. Further, the overall winner of the intercollegiate competition will receive a grand prize of $25,000.
Further, the Hearst Journalism Awards are awarded to students in the following categories:
To participate in the Hearst Student Journalism Competition, candidates must contact the chair of the accredited department if you are interested in participating in the monthly competitions.
The Hearst Student Journalism Award runs from October 2019 to April 2020. Hence, different journalism competition has a different deadline. For the deadline please visit the website.