UNC's Hussman School of Journalism and Media won its 11th Hearst Journalism Awards Championship. Four students and recent Hussman journalism school graduates won individual national championships.
The students won national championships in writing, photojournalism, multimedia and audio categories.
Rising senior Angelina Katsanis won the national championship in photojournalism, while Maddie Ellis, Jayda Williams and Lucas Pruitt – all recent graduates – won in writing, audio and multimedia respectively.
Recent Hussman graduates Chris Ocana and Angelica Edwards placed second and third in the multimedia category. Ocana won “Best Story of the Year” in multimedia.
Edwards explained that she chose to do a story in the multimedia category about a person that was trying to open up coffee shops in marginalized communities.
"The J-School has a really high standard for visual journalism and our professors are really demanding and pushing us," Edwards said.
Rising senior Lauren Cmiel, and recent graduates Daniel Myrick and Elizabeth Moore were all finalists in the competition — Cmiel in multimedia, Myrick in audio and Moore in writing.
The nine UNC students accounted for almost one-third of all the students in the nation who were invited to the competition, which was in San Fransisco from May 20 to 25.
Myrick said his professor, Adam Hochberg, selected him and Williams to submit radio stories for the audio category.