By Tayler Shaw (Jour, Span’21)
Two CMCI undergraduate seniors, Lauren Irwin and Alec Levy-O'Brien, have earned top recognition in the 2021-22 Hearst Journalism Awards, a national competition in which students submit their work to be judged by journalism professionals.
The Hearst Journalism Awards Program, established through the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, hosts a series of competitions throughout the year. Undergraduate journalism majors can enter the competitions if their university is accredited through the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).
This year, Levy-O'Brien placed 17th in the photojournalism competition and Irwin placed seventh in the feature writing competition.
“I’m just so thrilled,” said Journalism Chair Elizabeth Skewes. “These are national awards for student journalism, and we’re competing against some of the top universities in the country.”
To enter the Hearst competition, students must submit published work. Student publications the CU Independent and The Bold published Levy-O'Brien’s photography and Irwin’s feature story, respectively.
“We’re fortunate because we have both The Bold and the CUI that we can draw from for these student journalism awards,” Skewes said. “I’m really proud of the work that all of our students are doing.”