Hearst Journalism Awards — Writing Competition

The Hearst Journalism Awards Writing Competition has five categories: Feature Writing, Enterprise Reporting, Sports Writing, Personality/Profile Writing and Breaking News Writing. The official calendar can be found on the Hearst Journalism Awards Program website

For more information about the Writing Competition, contact Professor Jan Yopp at (919) 962-8266 or by email.

Check out the MJ-school's Hearst Journalism Awards page for more information about the awards and to see previous winners.

 

Feature Writing

DEADLINE: Oct. 28, 2016

The first competition for the 2016-17 Hearst Journalism Awards Writing Competition will be feature writing. The competition is open to undergraduate students who are journalism majors or premajors. Students who were graduated in spring or summer 2016 or who will be graduated in December 2016 may submit work that was published within the prescribed dates below and while they were enrolled.

The category is defined as a "color or mood article covering news, business, feature or entertainment as opposed to a conventional news story or personality profile." Articles must have been published between Oct. 1, 2015 and Oct. 31, 2016, inclusively. Only single byline articles in print or online are allowed. Entries can be single articles, or they can include sidebars that are shorter than the main article, related to the topic and published on the same day and written by the same entrant. An entry submitted once may not be resubmitted in any other Hearst competition. Students may submit work that has been published in a campus or professional publication. If the work is from a professional publication, the entry must include a letter from the publication's editor stating that the entry is student work with minimal editing and no editor rewriting.

Students should email their entries to Professor Jan Yopp at jyopp@email.unc.edu by 5 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 28, 2016, so they can be judged by the MJ-school’s Hearst committee prior to the national contest deadline.

Letters from editors also can be emailed to Professor Yopp. Students may submit more than one story.

Two students and a single entry from each student will be selected from the school to send to the national competition. The school winners will each receive $50.

Students who have questions can call Professor Yopp at (919) 962-8266 or email her.

 

Enterprise Reporting

DEADLINE: Dec. 2, 2016

The second writing competition for the 2016-17 Hearst Journalism Awards Program will be enterprise reporting. The competition is open to undergraduate students who are journalism majors. Students who were graduated in spring 2016 or will be graduated in December 2016 can submit work.

Entries must illustrate the student’s ability to handle original reporting — including explanatory and investigative journalism — across any topic. If from a series, one article of the series may be submitted but must be accompanied by not more than one page summarizing the remaining articles and describing resultant actions, if any. Sidebars subordinate in length and content to the article may be included.

Articles must have been published between Dec. 1, 2015 and Dec. 5, 2016. Only single byline articles are allowed. Students may submit more than one story.

Students may submit work that has been published in a campus or professional publication. If the work is from a professional publication, the entry must include a letter from the publication's editor stating that the entry is student work with minimal editing and no editor rewriting.

Students should email their entries to Professor Jan Yopp at jyopp@email.unc.edu by 5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2016, so they can be judged by the school’s Hearst committee prior to the national contest deadline. Letters from editors also can be emailed to Professor Yopp.

Two students and a single entry from each student will be selected from the school to send to the national competition. The school winners will each receive $50.

Students who have questions can call Professor Yopp at (919) 962-8266 or email her.

 

Sports Writing

DEADLINE: Jan. 27, 2017

The third competition for the 2016-17 Hearst Journalism Awards Program will be sports writing.

The competition is open to undergraduate students who are journalism majors. The competition is open to a news or feature story or commentary in sports, which must relate to an event or issue, not to a sports personality. Sidebars subordinate in length and content to the article may be included. Articles must have been published between Feb. 1, 2016, and Jan. 30, 2017.

Students may submit work that has been published in a campus or professional publication. If the work is from a professional publication, the entry must include a letter from the publication's editor stating that the entry is student work with minimal editing and no editor rewriting.

Students should email their entries to Professor Jan Yopp at jyopp@email.unc.edu by 5 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 27, 2017, so they can be judged by the school’s Hearst committee prior to the national contest deadline. Letters from editors also can be emailed to Professor Yopp.

Students may submit more than one story.

Two students and a single entry from each student will be selected from the school to send to the national competition. The school winners will each receive $50.

Students who have questions can call Professor Yopp at (919) 962-8266 or email her.

 

Personality/Profile Writing

DEADLINE: March 10, 2017

The fourth competition for the 2016-17 writing competition in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program will be personality/profile writing. The competition is open only to undergraduate students who are journalism majors.

The entry should be a personality sketch of an individual on or off campus. Articles must have been published online, in print or both between March 1, 2015, and March 13, 2017. No articles on personal blogs can be accepted. Entries must be a single article written by a single student (or recent graduate). Only single bylines are allowed. Sidebars subordinate in length and content to the article submitted, written by the same entrant on the same topic and published the same day, will be considered part of a single entry. Students may submit work that has been published in a campus or professional publication. If the entry is from a professional publication, it must verified by an accompanying letter from the publication's editor stating that the entry is student work with minimal editing and no editor rewriting.

Students should email their entries to Professor Jan Yopp at jyopp@email.unc.edu by 5 p.m. Friday, March 10, 2017, so they can be judged by the MJ-school’s Hearst committee prior to the national contest deadline.

Letters from editors also can be emailed to Professor Yopp. Students may submit more than one story but no more than four for consideration by the school's Hearst committee.

Two students and a single entry from each student will be selected from the school to send to the national competition. The school winners will each receive $50.

Students who have questions can call Professor Yopp at (919) 962-8266 or email her.

 

Breaking News Writing

DEADLINE: April 14, 2017

The last competition for the 2016-17 Hearst Journalism Awards Writing Competition is breaking news writing. The competition is open to undergraduate students who are journalism majors or premajors. Students who were graduated in spring, summer or fall 2016 may submit work that was published within the prescribed dates below and while they were enrolled.

Contest guidelines state: “Entries should be a report of an event written under deadline pressure. The entry should clearly demonstrate how quickly and accurately the entrant used available journalism tools to cover the story, with emphasis on a demonstrated use of real-time reporting. The article must be major coverage of the event, and not a sidebar, analysis, etc.”

Articles must have been published between March 1, 2016, and April 15, 2017, inclusively. Only single byline articles are allowed. Entries can be single articles, or they can include sidebars that are shorter than the main article, related to the topic and published on the same day and written by the same entrant. An entry submitted once may not be resubmitted in any other Hearst competition.

Students may submit work that has been published in a campus or professional publication. If the work is from a professional publication, the entry must include a letter from the publication's editor stating that the entry is student work with minimal editing and no editor rewriting.

IMPORTANT: Entries must include a statement about date and time of event; if the story was printed in a one-day publishing cycle, in the next disseminated publication (if not a daily), or when it was disseminated; and the circumstances of the story and explanation of any help or advice the entrant received in producing the story.

Students should email their entries to Professor Jan Yopp at jyopp@email.unc.edu by 5 p.m. Friday, April 14, so they can be judged by the school’s Hearst committee prior to the national contest deadline. Letters from editors also can be emailed to Professor Yopp.

Students may submit more than one story but no more than four.

Two students and a single entry from each student will be selected from the school to send to the national competition. The school winners will each receive $50.

Students who have questions can call Professor Yopp at (919) 962-8266 or email her.