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UK Journalism Students, Kernel Win
National Contests

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Emily Hagedorn

Kernel writers have garnered five individual awards. They include journalism sophomore Emily Hagedorn, of Florence, Ky., second place in features and eighth place in spot news; journalism senior Scott Sloan, eighth place in in-depth reporting and 11th in spot news; and journalism junior Andrea Uhde, fourth place in the personality profile category.

 

April 28, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- The University of Kentucky School of Journalism and Telecommunications programs and the independent UK student newspaper, the Kentucky Kernel, recently tied for fifth place in one of the most prestigious nationwide contests in college journalism. In addition, one UK student is a finalist in a national writing competition.

Writers from the Kernel scored enough points in the six monthly William Randolph Hearst Journalism Awards Program contests conducted during the year to tie for the fifth-place ranking with the University of Iowa.

Kernel writers have garnered five individual awards. They include journalism sophomore Emily Hagedorn, of Florence, Ky., second place in features and eighth place in spot news; journalism senior Scott Sloan, eighth place in in-depth reporting and 11th in spot news; and journalism junior Andrea Uhde, fourth place in the personality profile category.

Hagedorn, the Kernel’s assistant news editor, will travel to San Francisco in June to compete against other student journalists in the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s National Writing Championship.

Described as the “Pulitzer Prize” of collegiate writing competitions, the Hearst Journalism Awards are presented annually under the auspices of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with full funding by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The program's mission is to encourage and support excellence in journalism and journalism education in America's colleges and universities. This is the 43rd year of competitions, in which more than $400,000 in scholarships and grants will be awarded to students and schools.

The top five winning collegiate programs, selected from 105 colleges and universities in the nation with accredited journalism schools, were Northwestern University, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Nebraska, the University of North Carolina, and tied for fifth place, the University of Kentucky and the University of Iowa.


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