Two CoJMC students win Hearst Multimedia II-News competition awards

Two CoJMC students win Hearst Multimedia II-News competition awards

Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 1:15pm
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Both Sommer’s and Stormberg’s projects were completed as part of the in-depth Global Eyewitness: Puerto Rico project led by Professor Bruce Thorson.

by Molly Roe

Two CoJMC students have been named winners of the Hearst Multimedia II - News Competition of the 2018-2019 Hearst Journalism Awards Program. There were 52 entries from 31 schools submitted in the second multimedia competition of the year.

Sabrina Sommer, a junior ADPR major received third place and a $1,500 award. Sommer’s project focused on school closures in Puerto Rico due to financial crisis. Her project can be found at http://www.newsnetnebraska.org/2019/01/21/school-closures-in-puerto-rico-worry-residents/.

Elsie Stormberg, a junior journalism major received fourth place and a $1,000 award for her project on aid in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. Her project can be accessed at http://www.newsnetnebraska.org/2019/01/21/many-puerto-ricans-criticize-recovery-efforts-after-hurricane-maria/.

Both Sommer’s and Stormberg’s projects were completed as part of the in-depth Global Eyewitness: Puerto Rico project led by Professor Bruce Thorson.

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln placed second in the Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition with the second highest accumulated student points from the first two multimedia competitions.

The top three intercollegiate winners will be announced after the completion of the four multimedia competitions. They will receive $10,000, $4,000 and $2,000 respectively at the Intercollegiate Awards Ceremony during the Championship this June in San Francisco.

The multimedia  judges are: Danese Kenon, director of video and photography, Philadelphia Inquirer, Mark Morris, independent visual consultant, California, Brian Storm, founder & executive producer, MediaStorm.

The Journalism Awards Program, now in its 59th year, added multimedia to the competitions in 2010. The program also includes five writing, one radio, two television, and two photojournalism competitions offering up to $700,000 in scholarships, matching grants and stipends. The 104 member universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs are eligible to participate in the Hearst competitions.