Faiz Siddiqui finishes first in Hearst feature writing competition

Faiz Siddiqui finishes first in Hearst feature writing competition

Sunday, November 23, 2014 - 6:00pm
Faiz Siddiqui
Faiz Siddiqui

Faiz Siddiqui placed first in the Hearst feature writing competition for his story titled, "Saving Sisay." He wins a $2,600 scholarship and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln College of Journalism and Mass Communications will receive a matching grant. 

Siddiqui’s winning entry is about a 7-year-old who is suffering from a congenital spine disease and seeks life-saving spinal reconstruction. Without surgery, the condition will kill Sisay as early as age 14. Sisay underwent corrective spine surgery in Ghana earlier this year. 

In June 2013 Siddiqui competed alongside seven other student journalists from across the country at the Hearst National Writing Championships in San Francisco, Calif.  He is a senior journalism student from Cincinnati, Ohio. He is a recipient of the Harold and Marian Andersen Honors Scholarship. Siddiqui has had internships at the Boston Globe, the Lincoln Journal Star and the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. Siddiqui was an Omaha World-Herald fellow, one of four students who wrote and reported for the newspaper and its website while earning a salary and college credit. His freelance work has appeared on NPR, WNYC, WABE and West Virginia Public Broadcasting.

This represents Siddiqui’s fourth top-five Hearst award. He was a runner-up in the national writing championship in 2013.

The feature writing competition is the most competitive among the Hearst awards with 153 entries. To see Siddiqui’s winning entry, please go to http://projects.newsnetnebraska.org/sisay/.

The 2014-2015 Hearst Journalism Awards Program is held in 110 member colleges and universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs. The 14 monthly competitions consist of five writing, two photojournalism, one radio, two TV and four multimedia competitions, with Championship finals in all divisions. The program awards up to $550,000 in scholarships and matching grants and stipends annually.