School of Journalism and New Media

The University of Mississippi

School of Journalism and New Media graduate student wins Hearst award

Posted on: January 3rd, 2011 by

Alex McDaniel

Graduate student Alex McDaniel won eighth place in college opinion writing in the 2010 William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program.

McDaniel received the national award for her submission “Our Mascot, Our Vote,” a February 2010 editorial published during her tenure as editor-in-chief of The Daily Mississippian.  Her piece, written days before the University of Mississippi student body voted to develop a new mascot, specifically addressed the role of outside organizations supporting the university’s former mascot, Colonel Reb.

McDaniel was one of 113 students from 61 universities nationwide who participated in the opinion writing competition.  The Meek School is now ranked eighth nationwide in the Hearst Intercollegiate Writing Competition based on points accumulated from the first two writing competitions of the academic year.

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program consists of six monthly writing competitions, three photojournalism competitions, three broadcast news competitions and two multimedia competitions, with Championship finals in all divisions.  The program awards up to $500,000 in scholarships and grants annually.

For more information, visit the Hearst Journalism Awards website.