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OHIO VisCom alumni win Hearst National Photojournalism Championship top honors

Jun 13, 2018

OHIO VisCom alumni win Hearst National Photojournalism Championship top honors


By Erin Roberts
ATHENS, Ohio (June 13, 2018)—Patrick Connolly, BSVC ’17, and Alejandra (Alex) Driehaus, BSVC ’17, both alumni of the Ohio University School of Visual Communication, have won first and second place in the Hearst National Photojournalism Championship, as announced last week by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s 57th Annual Journalism Awards Program during the final awards ceremony at The Bently Reserve in San Francisco.

The Hearst Championships are the culmination of the 2017 - 2018 Journalism Awards Program, which were held in 105 member universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs. 

Connolly won first place and a $10,000 award, while Driehaus won second place and a $7,500 award. Driehaus also won first place and $1,000 in the Portfolio category.
“Their VisCom family is proud of both Patrick and Alex. I’m certain they too are proud that their wins in this long-running and prestigious photojournalism competition further enhances the legacy of our program,” said Timothy Goheen, director of the School of Visual Communication. “Each of them deserves the honor, and we all wish them well, as we are excited to see what they accomplish in what I know will be two very successful careers.”
From June 3 through June 6, 28 finalists – all winners from the 14 monthly competitions – participated in the 58th annual Hearst Championships in San Francisco where they demonstrated their writing, photography, radio, television and multimedia skills in rigorous on-the-spot assignments. The assignments were chosen by media professionals who judged the finalists’ work throughout the year and at the Championships. On May 29, the photojournalism finalists gathered in San Francisco for five days to demonstrate their skills in on-the-spot assignments and compete for additional scholarship awards. According to the Hearst Awards website, the six photo finalists were given two assignments: A picture story exploring family and relationships and an enterprise single on the theme of “no place like home.”
The photojournalism judges were Erin Lubin, freelance photographer, San Francisco; Lisa Krantz, staff photographer, San Antonio Express-News; Dai Sugano, staff photographer/senior multimedia editor, The Mercury News.
Presently, students from 105 colleges and universities with accredited undergraduate journalism schools are eligible to participate in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program. Funded and administered for 57 years by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Journalism Program awards up to $500,000 in scholarships, grants and stipends annually.
To view Connolly’s work, visit To view Driehaus’ work, visit
For more information on the Ohio University School of Visual Communication, visit