ASU’s Cronkite School placed third overall in the prestigious Hearst Journalism Awards program and placed in the top five in the writing, photojournalism, and television categories.
The Hearst Journalism Awards, often called the Pulitzers of College Journalism, hold monthly competitions for writing, audio, television, photojournalism, and multimedia reporting, culminating in a national championship in those categories in late spring.
Journalism schools that win top honors receive cash prizes while winning students receive scholarships.
In the general category, the top three schools were the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Florida, and Arizona State University.
ASU also earned third place for photojournalism, fourth in the writing category, fourth for audio and television, and eighth for multimedia.
After the monthly contests, Cronkite student Alberto Mariani and recent graduate Kiera Riley were selected to compete in the 2022 Hearst National Journalism Awards Championship, in which the winners of the individual contests competed in a live contest that was to report, write and photograph stories.
Mariani placed third in the Photojournalism Championship and received a $5,000 scholarship, as well as a Hearst Medallion. He also received an additional $1,000 scholarship after receiving the best portfolio from the semi-finals.
Mariani previously placed first in the Photojournalism I category for News and Features in the monthly competition.
“Being able to participate in the national Hearst Awards competition was an incredible experience, and winning something at the end made it even more special. However, the most rewarding part of the championship was meeting and spending time with five other extremely talented photographers, as well as the opportunity to talk and share ideas with some of the most knowledgeable editors and professionals in the industry,” said Mariani.
Kiera Riley received a $1,500 scholarship after being named a finalist in the Writing category. She also received an additional $1,000 after her story was named Article of the Year. Riley placed second in the monthly Features category competition for her story “Dubbing ‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ into Navajo Language” before being selected for the championship.
“Being a finalist at Hearst was the highlight of my college career. I had the privilege of meeting and learning from some of the most talented journalists in the field. It was such an honor,” Riley said.
Here are the students who ranked in the monthly competitions:
Photojournalism I – News and reports
First: Alberto Mariani, Photo Collection, Cronkite News
13: Samantha Chow, Photo Collection, Cronkite News
Second: Kiera Riley, “‘Star Wars: A New Hope’ Navajo-Language Dub”, Cronkite News
Photojournalism II – Picture Story/Series
Fourth: Marlee Smith, Rodeo Collection Photos, Cronkite News
Fourth: Chris Howley, “Diversifying the Pack: Cross-Promotion Helps Mexican Wolf Population Boost Genetic Mixing,” Cronkite News
10: Mikenzie Hammel, “Advocates Shine a Light on Overlooked Cause of Maternal Death: Mental Health”, Cronkite News
Television II – News
Second: Faith Abercrombie, “Rise in Eating Disorders,” “Graffiti Busters,” and “Therapeutic Foster Care,” Cronkite News
Fourth: Raven Payne, “Downwinders”, “Point in Time” and “School Bus Driver Shortage”, Cronkite News
Seventh: Amiliano Fragoso, “Last Chance Yuma: Western Arizona’s Thriving Football Program Bonds a Community”, Cronkite News
Ninth: Gabrielle Ducharme, “Rez ball renaissance in Chinle: Navajo Nation bounces back as pandemic takes its toll,” Cronkite News
Multimedia Narrative Video Story
Eighth: Travis Robertson, “What the New Stimulus Package Means for Students,” The State Press
Multimedia Narrative Video Story
14: Drake Presto, “Herberger student who lost his job due to Covid-19 starts his own business selling vintage clothes”, The State Press
18: Samantha Byrd, “‘It Was Open Country’: Gadsden Resident Reflects on Life Along the Border”, Cronkite News
20: Karen Marroquin, “Pregnants Not Getting COVID Vaccine, Healthcare Providers Worry,” Cronkite News
20: Zachary Larsen, “Rodeo Team,” Cronkite News and “Trailblazing football coach returns,” Arizona PBS
Multimedia Digital News/Enterprise Story
12th: Ike Everard, “One of the last truly great American twirlers”, The State Press
Innovative multimedia storytelling and audience engagement
13th: Judah Brody, “Breaking the Arts Stigma by Pursuing Music as an Asian American Student”, The State Press