Two CoJMC students place top 20 in Hearst multimedia competition

Winners have been announced in the Multimedia I/Narrative Video Storytelling Competition of the 2019-2020 Hearst Journalism Awards Program. Kenneth Ferriera, a senior journalism major at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications, received eighth place.

Isaiah Somanas, a senior broadcasting major, tied for 12th place with Syracuse University student Colin Davy.

There were 88 entries from 54 schools submitted in the first multimedia competition of the year.

The other top finalists are:

First place, $3,000 award, Jiakai Lou, University of Montana

Second place, $2,000 award, Kathryn Ziesig, Western Kentucky University

Third place, $1,500 award, Hope Davison, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Fourth Place, $1,000 award, Mackenzie Behm, University of Florida

Fifth Place, $1,000 award, Owen Schatz, University of Oregon

The top five winning schools receive matching grants.

University of Florida and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are tied for first place in the Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition with the highest accumulated student points from the first of four multimedia competitions. They are followed by: Western Kentucky University; University of Nebraska-Lincoln; University of Montana; University of Oregon; Syracuse University, University of Minnesota, New York University; Pennsylvania State University.

The final intercollegiate winners will be announced after the completion of all four multimedia competitions and will be presented at the Intercollegiate Awards Ceremony this June in Houston.

The top three intercollegiate winners earn $10,000, $4,000 and $2,000 respectively.

The Multimedia judges are: Danese Kenon, Director of Video & Photography, Philadelphia Inquirer, Pennsylvania; Brian Storm, Founder & Executive Producer, MediaStorm, California; Jarrad Henderson, Senior Multimedia Producer – Investigative and Enterprise Video Team, USA Today, Virginia.

The Journalism Awards Program, now in its 60th year, added multimedia to the competitions in 2010. The program also includes five writing, one radio, two television and two photojournalism competitions offering up to $700,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends. 104 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.