McGann places 13th in TV features competition

Tuesday, December 19, 2023 - 3:00pm

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln proudly announces that Rebecca (Heckel) McGann placed 13th in the Hearst TV features competition on Dec. 19.  

McGann is a 2023 graduate from New Bern, North Carolina, who majored in journalism. She was recognized for two stories that aired on KLKN in Lincoln. “Lincoln company to send world’s first mini surgical robot to space” aired on KLKN in Lincoln on May 15, and “Tyson’s Treasure Chest hosts first ‘Deuces Cancer’ bowling fundraiser in Lincoln” aired on Feb. 18.

The Hearst TV features competition is an annual event that recognizes the best college journalism in categories like feature writing, investigative journalism, photojournalism, multimedia, television and audio. Entries are evaluated based on their reporting, crafting, creativity and economy of expression. This year's competition drew entries from 54 universities nationwide, with 20 finalists selected from 97 submissions.

"Rebecca’s achievement in the Hearst TV features competition reflects her dedication to journalism and the hard work she has put in at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln,” said Shari Veil, dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. “We are immensely proud of her accomplishments and the standard of journalism she represents."

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program was founded in 1960 to support, encourage, and recognize journalism students across the United States. Today, the program awards more than $700,000 in scholarships and grants annually, and its competitions in writing, photojournalism, and broadcasting are widely considered among the most prestigious in the country.

To learn more about the Hearst Journalism Awards, visit

Rebecca (Heckel) McGann
Rebecca (Heckel) McGann