Shelby Wolfe finishes second and Sierra Ramsay finishes ninth in Hearst multimedia competition

Shelby Wolfe finishes second and Sierra Ramsay finishes ninth in Hearst multimedia competition

Thursday, March 26, 2015 - 7:00pm
Shelby Wolfe and Sierra Ramsay
Shelby Wolfe and Sierra Ramsay

Shelby Wolfe placed second in the Hearst multimedia competition for her multimedia presentation, “Relying on the sea: Pollution threatens the livelihood of green mussel farmers.” She wins a $2,000 scholarship.

Wolfe’s winning entry is about an agricultural sub-district of North Jakarta known for its industry in green mussel cultivation. Inhabitants live and work along the banks of Jakarta Bay, and depend on the industry for their livelihood.

Sierra Ramsay placed ninth in the Hearst multimedia competition for her multimedia presentation, “Rising from the rubbish: A mother’s impact on a village of trash pickers.” This story is about a woman who spends most of her time picking through trash at Bantar Gebang, Indonesia’s largest trash dump.

Both students traveled to Indonesia in May 2014 as part of the college’s Global Eyewitness project. This program brings attention to social issues in developing countries and is led by Bruce Thorson, associate professor of journalism.

These wins place the University of Nebraska – Lincoln fourth in the intercollegiate multimedia competition with one round remaining.

The category of this competition was enterprise reporting, with 42 entries submitted from 25 schools. Entries consist of a multimedia piece for an online audience using visual storytelling techniques, including explanatory and investigative journalism. Hearst multimedia competition. To see these entries, please go to Rising from the rubbish: A mother’s impact on a village of trash pickers and Relying on the sea: Pollution threatens the livelihood of green mussel farmers.

The 2014-2015 Hearst Journalism Awards Program is held in 108 member colleges and universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs. The awards program consists of five writing, two photojournalism, one radio, two television and three additional multimedia competitions. The program awards up to $500,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends annually.