Missouri Journalism Senior Sam Gause Places Ninth in National Hearst Photojournalism Competition

William Randolph Hearst Foundation Journalism Awards Program

A Record 108 Entries from 59 Schools Nationwide Were Submitted

San Francisco (Jan. 15, 2014) — Missouri School of Journalism senior Sam Gause placed in the top 10 in the first Intercollegiate Photojournalism Competition in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program. Submissions to this category focused on news and features.

Sam Gause
Sam Gause

Gause earned ninth place out of a record 108 entries submitted from 59 schools nationwide. He receives a certificate for his win. Gause’s work was published in the Columbia Missourian. His supervising professor was David Rees.

The photojournalism judges are Steve Gonzales, director of photography, Houston Chronicle; Sue Morrow, assistant multimedia director, Sacramento (Calif.) Bee; and Jakub Mosur, freelance photographer, San Francisco.

“Sam’s warmth and calm character are great assets to his photojournalism,” said Brian Kratzer, assistant professor and director of photography for the Columbia Missourian. “After an assignment Sam would be excited to share the images of the people he met and the stories his photographs would tell.”

The Journalism Awards Program, now in its 54th year, includes five writing, one radio, two television, and four multimedia competitions offering up to $500,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends. A total of 105 member universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs are eligible to participate in the Hearst competitions.

Missouri Journalism students have placed in several categories in the 2013-14 competition. In addition to Gause’s win, two in-depth radio features by Lukas Udsteun won first place and a $10,000 scholarship in the Radio News and Features competition. Brynne Whittaker took fourth and qualified for the semi-final found, and Matt Evans placed ninth in the Television News competition.

Updated: July 21, 2020

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