2 UM journalism students win major writing awards

Congratulations are in order this afternoon for two University of Montana journalism students who placed in the top 10 in the nation’s most prestigious writing competition for college journalists.

Here’s the scoop, as it arrived by email from UM:

Two University of Montana seniors in the School of Journalism placed in the top 10 in the profile writing competition of the Hearst Journalism Awards. Their wins put the UM School of Journalism in eighth place nationally in the print division of the yearlong competition.

Justin Franz of Augusta, Maine, won fourth place and $1,000 for his article, “The War Within,” about a female veteran’s struggle to transition to civilian and university life after a tour in Iraq. The woman, a UM student, has been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder. The story ran in the Montana Kaimin student newspaper on Nov. 10.

Steve Miller, who is from Missoula, won seventh place for his profile of a man who spent his family’s savings on a prototype for a go-cart fashioned after the Batmobile in the film “The Dark Knight.” He sells plans for the go-kart online. Miller’s story was published in the Montana Kaimin on Oct. 29.

The Hearst competition is open to students at all accredited journalism programs in the country. In profile writing, which is the fifth of six competitions, 111 students entered stories. Journalism programs can enter only two students’ work in each monthly competition.

Hurrah! And another round of applause for Steve and Justin. Your stories were great, and the recognition well deserved.

And congratulations to UM’s School of Journalism, whose students are frequent winners of Hearst awards. That’s not the case at most journalism schools around the nation, and is testimony to the truly excellent journalism profs who call UM their home.

Sherry Devlin

2 thoughts on “2 UM journalism students win major writing awards”

  1. What about former Missoulian photo intern Alisia Duganz taking 5th place in the Hearst Multimedia competition? Not like I’m her proud husband or anything… Yup. Just a guy with the same last name who happens to admire her work.

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