Daily staffer places in new Hearst Awards competition for explanatory reporting

Beth Wallis placed 14th in the nation Monday in the Hearst Awards’ explanatory reporting category for a piece unpacking the political and social divisions in Norman that have erupted in recent months.

The contest honors the top 20 explanatory college media stories in the nation.

Explanatory, a new Hearst category this year, honors reporting that “illuminates a significant and complex subject, demonstrating understanding and command of the subject, lucid writing and clear presentation.”

This marks The Daily’s fourth placement of the 2020-21 Hearst cycle, which staggers its category deadlines throughout the academic year.

Last year, staffers from The Daily placed nine times in various Hearst categories. Since 2014-15, The Daily now has placed 21 times in the contest, which honors the best in collegiate journalism.