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Two CJC Student Journalists Qualify to Compete in 2021 Hearst Journalism Awards Program National Championships

Two University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications student journalists have qualified for the 2021 Hearst Journalism Awards Program National Championships. Telecommunication senior Chris O’Brien and Journalism senior Victor Prieto will compete in the Television and Multimedia categories, respectively. The virtual National Championship will be held from June 5-14.

Victor Prieto
Chris O’Brien

O’Brien placed fourth overall to become a national finalist. Prieto was one of two students who qualified for the Multimedia championship based on high scores in previous competitions throughout the year.

This is the fifth year in a row CJC has sent a student to compete in the National Championship television category. Only five student finalists in the TV category earn a chance to compete at the national championship each year.

During the National Championships, the finalists will fulfill spot assignments for additional scholarship awards ranging from $1,500 to $10,000.  There are eight writing finalists, six photojournalism finalists, five television finalists, five audio finalists, and five multimedia finalists.

The 61st annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program is conducted under the auspices of accredited schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication and fully funded and administered by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.  The 14 monthly competitions consist of five writing, two photojournalism, one audio, two television and four multimedia, with Championship finals in all divisions.  The program awards up to $700,000 in scholarships and grants annually.

Posted: May 12, 2021
Category: College News, Student News
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