Newhouse student, recent graduates earn honors at Hearst Journalism Awards National Championships

A record number of Newhouse School students and recent graduates competed in the Hearst Journalism Awards National Championships this past week in San Francisco with two earning Top 3 honors and one earning an additional special award.  

From left: John Perik, Christopher Cicchiello, Moriah Humiston and Abigal Weiss

Abigail Weiss ’22 was recognized with a $1,000 award for Best Reporting Technique. She also placed 3rd in the Writing division and earned a $5,000 scholarship for multiple articles she wrote during the competition with four other student journalists. Weiss secured her place in the five-day national contest by earning 1st Place in the Profile/Personality monthly competition for her Daily Orange feature about President Biden’s first wife, Neilia.

Moriah Humiston ’22 placed 3rd in the Television division, earning a $5,000 scholarship for reporting and producing broadcast stories during the five-day contest. Earlier this year, Humiston was top winner in the Television Features category for video stories on COVID-19 testing at Syracuse University and a bocce community in Rome, New York.

Joining them as national finalists were Christopher Cicchiello ’22, who was the 1st Place winner in Hearst’s Sports Writing contest, and broadcast and digital journalism sophomore John Perik, who competed in the Television division. Each were awarded $1,500 scholarships.

This year’s four finalists marked the most Newhouse School students ever participating in the annual championships for what are considered “the Pulitzers of college journalism.”

For the year, 10 undergraduate students and projects had Top 20 finishes, giving the Newhouse School a 5th place finish among the 103 accredited university communications programs nationally. Newhouse placed 3rd in both the Writing and Audio & Television divisions and was awarded $2,000 prizes for each. Also, Newhouse placed 7th in the Multimedia division.

Alumnus Larry Kramer ’72 (right) and Newhouse dean Mark Lodato (third from left) join Hearst competitors Christopher Cicchiello, Moriah Humiston, Abigail Weiss and John Perik at the competition in San Francisco.