George Stoia of The OU Daily finished third in the nation in the Hearst Awards national writing championship late Friday, winning a $5,000 award, and marking the highest finish on record for a student from the University of Oklahoma.
The Daily’s Jordan Miller earned a runner-up finish in the writing contest and a $1,500 award.
The Hearst championships end the contest’s 2019-20 cycle, in which 104 universities competed. Due to the pandemic, the national championships were held virtually, with the eight writing competitors receiving their assignments over video conference and then reporting from their homes around the country.
Caroline Anders of Indiana and Hannah Denham of Washington and Lee won first and second place, respectively. The writing judges were Audrey Cooper, editor in chief of The San Francisco Chronicle; Dwayne Bray, senior coordinating producer of ESPN’s enterprise reporting unit; and Larry Kramer, retired president and publisher of USA Today.
For the year, The Daily placed nine times in the contest:
• National writing championship: 3rd place, Stoia ($5,000)
• National writing championship: Runner-up, Miller ($1,500)
• Breaking news writing: 1st place, Miller ($3,000)
• Sports reporting, 2nd place, Stoia ($2,000)
• Breaking news writing: 6th place, Nick Hazelrigg
• Personality/profile writing: 10th place, Stoia
• News/feature photography: 12th place, Caitlyn Epes
• News/feature photography: 18th place, Paxson Haws
• Narrative video storytelling: 18th place, Will Conover
Gaylord College receives prize money matching the amounts awarded to the students.