CoJMC places fourth in 2016 Hearst photo competition

CoJMC places fourth in 2016 Hearst photo competition

Monday, April 11, 2016 - 11:00am
Hearst photo competition award
Hearst photo competition award

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Journalism & Mass Communications placed fourth overall in the 2016 Hearst Journalism Awards Intercollegiate Photography Competition.

The CoJMC has the fourth-highest accumulated student points in the two photography competitions held this year.

“This strong finish in the Hearst photo competition is truly a great accomplishment,” said Maria Marron, dean of the college. “This is a testament to the quality of our photojournalism program and the talented faculty with whom our students work.”

In the first photo competition, sophomore Calla Kessler of Omaha placed fourth and senior Jake Crandall of Shawnee, Kansas, placed 17th. The photo submissions were a mix of news, sports and features photos.

In the second photo competition, senior Allison Hess of Fulshear, Texas, placed seventh. The submission was a photo story about a 7-year-old Ecuadorian girl’s battle with brain cancer and the toll it took on her family.

Kessler and Hess are semi-finalists. So they will submit additional photography work to compete to become a finalist. If either of them wins a finalist spot, they will compete at the Championship in San Francisco in June.

The 56th annual Hearst Journalism Awards Program is held in 108 member universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs. The program consists of five monthly writing competitions, two photojournalism competitions, one radio and two TV broadcast news competitions and four multimedia competitions, with Championship Finals in all divisions, with the exception of team multimedia. The program awards up to $500,000 in scholarships, matching grants, stipends and intercollegiate awards annually.