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Student qualifies for Hearst championship

Lanny Holstein
Lanny Holstein

UNL student Lanny Holstein will compete in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program National Broadcast Championship in San Francisco in June. Holstein qualified by placing fourth in the Journalism Awards Broadcast News Competition. He will receive a $1,000 scholarship and the College of Journalism and Mass Communications will receive a matching grant.

The junior broadcasting major's winning entries are two news writing long form reports about the 2012 election. The first news story, "Do Political Debates Matter?" asks the question whether a presidential election can be won or lost based on the debates. The second, "Where's the Youth Vote?" examines reasons young voters aren't voting with help from some political experts. Both reports aired on the college's student-run radio station, 90.3 KRNU, as part of election coverage and included the U.S. Senate debates and the presidential and vice-presidential debates.

Holstein, of Omaha, works at the Daily Nebraskan, where he covers Husker athletics and hosts a sports talk radio show on KRNU. He will work as a producer for a local radio station this spring.

Called the Pulitzer Prizes of college journalism, the 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. It consists of five monthly writing competitions, two photojournalism competitions, three broadcast news competitions and four multimedia competitions, with championship finals in all divisions. The program awards up to $500,000 in scholarships and grants annually.

— Marilyn Hahn, Journalism and Mass Communications