Samantha Schmidt wins 28th Keating College Writing Challenge
INDIANAPOLIS – Ten college journalists traipsed through Indianapolis’s Old Northside Saturday in search of feature stories – and more than $5,000 in prize money – as part of the 28th Indianapolis Press Club Foundation Thomas R. Keating Competition.
Indiana University student Samantha Schmidt, of Plymouth, Minnesota, claimed the top prize of $2,500 with a story about the struggles of two brothers, Mexican immigrants, who are struggling to make a better life for themselves in America.
The Keating Finalists before they left to report their stories. Front row (left to right): Alexandra Kincaid, Danielle Grady, Samantha Schmidt, Kathryn Moody, Anicka Slachta, Michael Majchrowicz, Hannah Fleace and Evan Hoopfer. Back row: Jacob Rund and Ryan Howe.
Hannah Fleace – Indiana University
Danielle Grady – Ball State University
Evan Hoopfer – Indiana University
Ryan Howe – Ball State University
Alexandra Kincaid – Ball State University
Michael Majchrowicz – Indiana University
Kathryn Moody – Indiana University
Jacob Rund – Franklin College
Samantha Schmidt – Indiana University
Anicka Slachta – Indiana University
The Keating competition -- in its 28th year -- is a daylong feature writing competition among the premier journalism students at Indiana colleges and universities. Since its inception, the program has awarded roughly $130,000 in cash prizes. The competition is named after former Indianapolis Star columnist Thomas R. Keating.
This year, the foundation awarded its first Excellence in Student Journalism prizes with the goal of recognizing the top student journalists Indiana.
The winners are:
Adam Baumgartner of Ball State University -- first place
Ellie Price of Franklin College -- second place
Molly Jirasek of Indiana University -- third place
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