Junior places third in Hearst competition

Lauren Caruba (BSJ15) placed third nationally in the Hearst Journalism Awards profile-writing category. Caruba was recognized for her candid portrayal of Northwestern’s President Morton Schapiro and his unconventional style of leadership. She may be one of eight writing students from around the country invited to compete in the Hearst Foundation’s 54th annual National Championship Competition from June 2-6 in Washington, D.C. With her award, Caruba wins a $1,500 scholarship.

Yunita Ong (BSJ16) placed ninth in the profile-writing category. Ong wrote a heartfelt piece on a Northwestern School of Communication senior braving life with cystic fibrosis.

Omar Jimenez (BSJ15), who previously placed third for his story on cell phone videos of tornado destruction in the Midwest, is currently one of 10 semifinalists in the Hearst television competition. He has been asked to submit additional stories for a chance to be selected for the championship competition.

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program honors students for outstanding performance in college-level journalism.