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UK Journalism Student
Places Second in Hearst Competition

By Kelley Bozeman

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Hagedorn, a sophomore from Florence, Ky., placed second in the 43rd annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program for a feature story about a UK woman's recovery after a rape. Hagedorn will receive a $1,500 cash prize, and UK's School of Journalism and Telecommunications will receive a matching grant of $1,500.

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Lexington, Ky. (Nov. 20, 2002) -- University of Kentucky student Emily Hagedorn has placed second nationally in what is considered the top writing prize for college journalism students.

Hagedorn, a sophomore from Florence, Ky., placed second in the 43rd annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program for a feature story about a UK woman's recovery after a rape. Hagedorn will receive a $1,500 cash prize, and UK's School of Journalism and Telecommunications will receive a matching grant of $1,500.

The story, "Surviving, Grieving, Healing: One UK Student's Story of Survival," was published in the Kentucky Kernel, UK's independent daily student newspaper, earlier this year. Hagedorn is the police reporter for the Kernel. She will intern at The Virginian-Pilot in Norfolk, Va., next summer.

UK is ranked third in the Intercollegiate Writing Competition after the first of six contests this year. Western Kentucky University is first, Montana is second, and Iowa is fourth.

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program consists of six writing, three photojournalism and four broadcast news competitions. Last year, Tracy Kershaw, the Kernel's current editor in chief, placed fourth for a personality profile of UK Writer in Residence Bobbie Ann Mason. Two other Kentucky schools placed in the competition. Western Kentucky University student Ryan Clark won first and Murray State University student Tim Siniard placed 20th.

For more information, contact UK Student Publications Director Chris Poore at (859) 257-1900.


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