The University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) offers many opportunities for students to earn real-world experience before going out into the world. The most well-known opportunities probably lie in the student-run newspaper, The Daily Iowan, but several students not on staff are also constantly winning hard-earned Hearst Journalism awards, among others. We are so proud of the amazing performance of our students winning various journalism related awards. Below is a glimpse of some of their achievements.
NATIONAL NEWSPAPER PACEMAKER AWARDS 2020
by the Associate Collegiate Press
First Place National Broadcast
Jenna Galligan (Cinema and Journalism major and Anthropology minor) won first-place national for Broadcast: COVID-19 News or Feature for her documentary short film on how religious communities are impacted during the pandemic.
First Place Photo Slideshow
The Visuals Staff at The Daily Iowan won first-place national for Photo Slideshow for an impressive 29-photo essay on the Iowa caucuses. This was a staff-wide effort with contributions from multiple locations across the state during the unpredictable caucus night.
Newspaper Pacemaker Award
The Daily Iowan was one of 20 college newspapers nationally to win the award, considered the 'Pulitzer Prize' of college journalism.
The entry consisted of Greta Thunberg's climate rally (10.04.19 and 10.07.19), the Iowa caucus (02.04.20), and the pandemic's impact on our community (04.22.20 and 04.29.20).
The DI was also recognized as a finalist for the Online Pacemaker.
Marissa Payne (SP 2020, BA Political Science and Journalism and Mass Communication) placed third in Print: COVID-19 News or Feature for her story on the UI's pandemic response.
Katelyn Weisbrod (FA 2019 , BS Journalism and Mass Communication and Environmental Sciences) placed third in Human-Interest Profile for her project on a UI pre-med student-turned-organic farmer.
Katina Zentz (SP 2020, BA Art and Journalism and Mass Communication) placed fourth in Feature Photo for her Molly's Cupcakes feature. Katina also received Honorable Mention for a News/Breaking News Photo and a Sports Game/Action Photo (separate entries).
Sarah Watson (Journalism and Mass Comm and Political Science) placed fifth in Online: COVID-19 News or Feature for her story on UI students grappling with rent payments when classed moved online.
HEARST JOURNALISM AWARDS 2020
Brooklyn Draisey, 10th place – My brother died when I was 9; the UI children’s hospital’s sibling program helped me through.
Julia Shanahan, 20th place – As Insulin prices rise, politicians attempt to take action, but for some families it’s too late.
Anna Kayser, 16th place: Tom Brands leads through accountability in the Iowa wrestling room.
MARK OF EXCELLENCE AWARDS 2019
by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ)
Regional Winners: Photography
Breaking news photography
General news photography
Regional Winners: Reporting
Breaking news reporting
General news reporting
Online/Digital Feature Videography