Journalism Senior Named Finalist in 2005 Hearst National Writing Championship

Columbia, Mo. (May 10, 2005) — James Carlson, a senior magazine major at the Missouri School of Journalism, was named as one of the eight finalists in the 2005 William Randolph Hearst Foundation‘s National Writing Championship. The eight undergraduate college journalism students chosen from around the country will compete in the 45th annual National Writing Championships of the Hearst Journalism Awards Program this May in San Francisco.

James Carlson
James Carlson

Carlson is from Springfield, Mo., and has written for the Columbia Missourian, Vox Magazine and Missouri Life magazine. He has also interned with the Cape Cod (Mass.) Times in the features department.

This is not the first time Carlson has received recognition from the Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program. In April, he won first place overall in the personality/profile competition category.

Carlson’s winning entry was an article he wrote for Vox Magazine titled, “Surviving the Guilt.” The story was a profile of John Krogh, a survivor of Missouri’s deadliest plane crash since 1973.

The finalists for the writing competition will participate in rigorous spot assignments-competition for additional awards ranging from $1,000 to $5,000 in the program’s national championships, held in San Francisco, May 25-29.

Judging the writing competitions this year are: Christopher Lavin, Senior Editor, San Diego Union-Tribune, Calif.; Alex Martin, Assistant Managing Editor, Newsday, Melville, N.Y.; and Pat Andrews, Broward City Editor, The Herald, Pembroke Pines, Fla.

Currently, more than 100 colleges and universities with accredited undergraduate journalism schools participate in the program, often called the Pulitzers of college journalism. Funded and administered by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the program awards more than $400,000 a year in scholarships, grants and stipends annually.

Updated: April 7, 2020

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