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Last modified: Monday, March 18, 2002

IU journalism students win Hearst awards

Three Indiana University journalism students have been selected as winners in the William Randolph Hearst Journalism Awards Program.

Christina Jewett, a senior from Griffith, Ind., and the current editor-in-chief of the Indiana Daily Student, placed third in the Hearst Foundation's in-depth writing contest, selected from 87 students at 49 universities and colleges participating in the contest. She earned a $1,000 scholarship, and the IU School of Journalism received a matching grant.

Jewett's story, which she wrote as an intern at the St. Petersburg Times (Fla.), was about Phillip Morris' promotional program that distributed coupons for free cigarettes. The story eventually led to the suspension and review of the program.

Katie Schoenbaechler, a sophomore from Louisville, Ky., placed fourth in the sportswriting competition. Schoenbaechler's story, "Big Ten schools debate athletics reform," appeared in the IDS on Nov. 1, 2001. It addressed the proposed "academics first" movement started by IU President Myles Brand. Seventy-one students from 42 universities and colleges participated in the sportswriting contest. She earned a $750 scholarship as well as a matching grant for the school.

In the opinion-writing contest, Jack M. Silverstein, a sophomore from Wilmette, Ill., tied for 13th place. Andy M. Gammill, a senior from Powell, Ohio, tied for 19th place. Ninety-two students from 52 universities and colleges participated in the opinion-writing contest. Silverstein's article, "One team, one field," focused on changes in the sports world following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. Gammill's article, "Athletics needs more openness," dealt with the issue of media access to the IU Athletics Department. Both articles appeared in the IDS.

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program, now in its 42nd year, is conducted under the auspices of accredited schools of journalism in the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication, and it is fully funded by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. It consists of six monthly writing contests, a photojournalism competition and a broadcast news competition, with championship finals in all divisions.

With four of the six writing competitions completed, IU ranks fourth in terms of accumulated school points. The final winners will be named in April, following the last competition of the academic year.