UF students take two top finishes at Hearst National Journalism Championships

Published: June 8th, 2012

Category: College News

Steven Gallo and Jon Silman

Steven Gallo and Jon Silman. (Click photo to enlarge)

Congratulations to University of Florida telecommunication senior Steven Gallo and recent journalism graduate Jon Silman for their first place finishes in the Hearst National Journalism Awards Championship yesterday in San Francisco.

Gallo, who will be a senior in the UF College of Journalism and Communications this fall, took the top spot in the nation in the radio competition and Silman, who graduated from the College in May, won first place in the writing competition. Each will receive a $5,000 prize.

“We are very proud of our students,” said Dean John Wright. “The Hearst championship is the premier competition for journalism and telecommunication students. These top finishes are a testament to the outstanding work being done by our students, faculty and staff and the unparalleled educational opportunities provided by our multimedia properties.”

The 52nd annual program offered up to $500,000 in awards, consisted of five monthly writing competitions, two photojournalism competitions, three broadcast news competitions (one in radio and two in television), and four multimedia competitions – with championship finals in all divisions.

There are 110 universities with accredited undergraduate journalism schools eligible to participate in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program. The Journalism Awards Program is funded and administered by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.