CJC Students Win Top Prizes at Hearst Journalism Awards National Competition
University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (CJC) graduate Maggie Lorenz, B.S. Telecommunication 2017, won first place for TV reporting and Journalism senior Drea Cornejo won top honors for Best Story of the Year at the Hearst Journalism Awards National Championships on June 1. Caitie Switalski, B.S. Journalism 2017, won third place in radio reporting. Cornejo also placed fourth in Multimedia Reporting.
Each student placed within the top five of the earlier Hearst Awards Intercollegiate Competition, which qualified them for the National Championships.
The Hearst Journalism Awards are the most prestigious awards for undergraduate journalism offering up to $500,000 in scholarships. The program holds yearlong competitions in writing, photojournalism, TV and radio news and multimedia.
“I couldn’t be prouder of our student journalists and the faculty and staff who helped them achieve this national recognition,” said Diane McFarlin, dean of the College of Journalism and Communications. “It is exhilarating to see the talent and tenacity of our students at a time when the need for journalism excellence is greater than ever.”
In the Intercollegiate Competition, the College this year tied for fourth overall among all participating Universities. Two CJC students placed first and five others placed in the top 10 in the competition. This year’s winners include:
Drea Cornejo 1st Multimedia III News
Caitie Switalski 1st Radio News
Maggie Lorenz 4th Television News
Drea Cornejo 6th Picture Story
Drea Cornejo 8th Photo News and Features
Alexa Lorenzo 8th Radio News
Alex Maminakis 10th Sports Writing
Danielle Prinz 11th Television Features
Ashley Lombardo 11th Feature Writing
Briana Erickson 12th Enterprise Reporting
Drea Cornejo 13th Multimedia News
Tamara Dobry 13th Tie Multimedia III News
Grace King 14th Multimedia News
Maminakis and Lombardo are both 2016 Journalism graduates; Erickson is a 2017 Journalism graduate and Prinz is a 2017 Telecommunication graduate; Lorenzo is a Telecommunication senior, Dobry a Telecommunication junior and King a Telecommunication sophomore.
In addition, the College’s Special Topics Class placed 15th and 19th for stories entered in the Multimedia Team competition.
During the 2016-17 academic year, The College won more than 100 state, regional and national journalism and broadcast awards. The complete list of awards is at: https://www.jou.ufl.edu/home/about/news-awards-2/