Two Huskers place in top 20 in Hearst Feature Writing Competition

Friday, December 15, 2023 - 2:00pm

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln proudly announces that two students have earned recognition in the Hearst Journalism Awards Feature Writing Competition.  

Naomi Delkamiller, a junior advertising and journalism double major from Omaha, placed 12th. Her winning entry, The secret behind Memorial Stadium’s recent drone shows lives in Norfolk, was published on the Nebraska News Service on Oct. 2.  

Ellie Kuckelman, a 2023 graduate who majored in journalism, placed 17th. Her winning entry, “A Sudanese mother living in Lincoln struggles to bring her family home,” was published in the Lincoln Journal Star on June 10.  

The Hearst Feature Writing 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 universities nationwide, with 20 finalists selected from hundreds of submissions. 

"We take immense pride in celebrating Naomi and Ellie," said Shari Veil, dean of the College of Journalism and Mass Communications. "Their outstanding performance underscores our commitment to nurturing journalistic talent at UNL."  

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. 

Ellie Kuckelman and Naomi Delkamiller
From left: Ellie Kuckelman and Naomi Delkamiller