Mara Klecker finishes second in Hearst Personality Profile Writing and University of Nebraska–Lincoln CoJMC Places Second in the Nation

Thursday, April 2, 2015 - 7:00pm

Mara Klecker placed second in the Hearst personality profile writing competition. She wins a $2,000 scholarship for her piece titled, “At home in America: ‘I am so thankful.’” Chris Heady tied for 14th place with his piece, “Road to recovery: Former Husker Anthony Steels overcomes drug addiction.” There were 99 entries in this competition, submitted from 56 schools.

These wins place the University of Nebraska – Lincoln second nationally in the Hearst writing competition with one competition to go.

In November 2014, it was announced that Faiz Siddiqui finished first in the Hearst feature writing competition for his story titled, “Saving Sisay.” This represents Siddiqui’s fourth top-five Hearst award.

Last month, Shelby Wolfe learned of her second place finish in the Hearst multimedia competition and Sierra Ramsay placed ninth. Alex Lantz placed fifth in sports writing.

Additionally, Kaylee Everly has been selected as a semi-finalist in the Hearst photojournalism competition. These winners, whose work was selected from 171 entries, will submit additional photo portfolios for the semi-final round of judging. The judges will evaluate the portfolios and select six finalists to participate in the program’s National Championship held June 1-5, 2015 in San Francisco.

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program is conducted under the auspices of accredited schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication and fully funded and administered by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The 14 monthly competitions consist of five writing, two photojournalism, one radio, two TV and four multimedia, with Championship finals in all divisions. The program awards up to $500,000 in scholarships and grants annually.

Mara Klecker, Chris Heady, and Kayley Everly
Mara Klecker, Chris Heady, and Kaylee Everly