Work of Two Missouri School of Journalism Students Places in Top 10 in Hearst Journalism Awards Program

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"Pro-Life" Clip from Columbia Missourian
The clip, "Pro-Life," received second-place in the National Press Photographers Association's 2011 third quarter clip contest. The clip ran in the July 1, 2011 Columbia Missourian.

Katy Bergen and Brian Nordli Earn Fourth and Sixth Honors in Enterprise Reporting Category

Columbia, Mo. (Feb. 20, 2012) — The work of two Missouri School of Journalism students placed in the top 10 of the Hearst Journalism Awards Program. Katy Bergen, a print and digital news journalism senior, and Brian Nordli, BJ ’11, placed fourth and sixth, respectively, in the enterprise reporting category.

Katy Bergen
Katy Bergen

Bergen’s article, “Pro-Life,” was published in July of 2011 and featured a new movement for pro-life advocates in Missouri. Bergen received a $1,000 scholarship for her top-five placement. Nordli’s piece, “Elk Return to Missouri,” was written while he was a student and published in May of 2011. The story was about the reintroduction of elk in the state of Missouri. Both articles were published in the Columbia Missourian.

The enterprise reporting competition had 93 participants from 53 universities. Each university can submit up to two articles. The University of Missouri was the only school to have both articles place in the top ten.

Brian Nordli
Brian Nordli

The judges for this year’s writing competitions were Jennifer Sizemore, vice president/editor-in-chief, and executive producer, NBC News; Ward Bushee, editor and executive vice president, the San Francisco Chronicle; and Marty Kaiser, editor and senior vice president, Milwaukee (Wis.) Journal Sentinel.

Often called “the Pulitzers of college journalism,” the Hearst Journalism Awards Program holds year-long competitions in writing, photojournalism, broadcast news and multimedia for journalism undergraduates.  Journalism schools accumulating the most points earned by their students in each category are designated the winners of the Intercollegiate Competitions.

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A photo from the "Elk Return to Missouri" article. Photo by Jeff Lautenberger.

Updated: August 15, 2019

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