Columbia, Mo. (Nov. 30, 2004) –Missouri School of Journalism student Megan Alexander was among the winners in the 45th annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program. A total of 105 students from 58 universities and colleges participated in the first Hearst competition of this academic year.
The School won the overall intercollegiate competition in the 2003-04 Hearst Journalism Awards Program and placed second in the overall writing category.
“Megan’s story did a wonderful job of capturing the mood of the community,” said Professor Judy Bolch, who edited the piece. “The reporting was detailed and exact and crammed with concrete examples.”
Alexander was among the top 20 in the Intercollegiate Writing Competition and will receive a certificate of merit. A news-editorial major with a sociology minor from Linn, Mo., she won for “Perpetual Allegiance,” a feature about the wartime mood in towns around the military base of Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri. Alexander plans to attend law school after her May 2005 graduation.
The proven “Missouri Method” allows students to receive hands-on professional training at the Columbia Missourian, a daily community newspaper. Missouri has set the standards for journalism education for almost a century.
The Hearst Journalism Awards Program is conducted under the auspices of accredited schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication, and full funded and administered by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. It consists of six monthly writing, three photojournalism and four broadcast news competitions, with championship finals in all divisions. More than $400,000 in scholarships and grants are awarded annually.