C&IS Student Finishes Second in Hearst Writing Competition

May 1, 2020

Journalism student James Ogletree has won second place in the 60th annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program. This outstanding achievement marks the highest finish ever for a student from the College of Communication and Information Sciences.

Ogletree, a senior journalism major from Virginia Beach, VA, who also serves as the sports editor for The Crimson White, wrote his story, “Tagovailoa Leaves Legacy of Family, Excellence and Selflessness,” after The University of Alabama’s star quarterback Tua Tagavailoa suffered a season-ending hip injury in November. The story focused on Tagavailoa’s legacy at UA.

Ogletree interviewed current UA football players and members of the sorority flag football team Tagavailoa coached, as well as other sources from UA Athletcis. Ogletree’s story was submitted to the program by journalism and creative media associate professor Scott Parrott and Office of Student Media associate director Mark Mayfield.

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program is conducted under the auspices of accredited schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication and fully funded and administered by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The 14 monthly competitions consist of five writing, two photojournalism, one radio, two television and four multimedia, with championship finals in all divisions. The program awards up to $700,000 in scholarships and grants annually.