Meg Roussos wins Hearst photojournalism contest
ATHENS, Ohio (June 12, 2012)—Meg Roussos, a senior in the School of Visual Communication at Ohio University, recently won the Hearst National Photojournalism Championship and earned a $5,000 scholarship. The award was announced Thursday, June 7, by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s Journalism Awards Program.
“Even though I have had a couple of days to process, I am still in shock about the award,” Roussos said. “It is such an honor to have even gone to compete in the competition, but to win it is very humbling. The other photographers there are great people and good shooters. I am so thankful that I was able to hang out, have fun, take some pictures and meet people.”
The Hearst Championships—which include sections for writing, photojournalism, radio broadcast news, television broadcast news and multimedia—are the culmination of the 2011-2012 Journalism Awards Program, which are held in 106 member colleges and universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication with accredited undergraduate journalism programs.
From June 4-7, 29 finalists – all winners from the 14 monthly competitions – participated in the 52nd 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 decided by media professionals who judged the finalists’ work throughout the year and at the Championships.
“We were to find and photograph a story that represented a neighborhood in San Francisco,” Roussos explained. “We were given only a day and a half to shoot the story as well as find and shoot a single image, like a feature or stand-alone picture, that didn’t relate to our story.”
Roussos has participated in Soul of Athens the past three years, works for The Athens News and serves as president of the Ohio University chapter of the National Press Photographers Association. She is interning with the Dallas Morning News this summer. Roussos said she enjoyed the camaraderie with her competitors in San Francisco.
“The best part about the competition was even though we were ultimately competing against each other, there was a sense of community of helping each other out,” she said. “So thank you, Western Kentucky students Brynn Anderson, Mando Sanchez and Christian Randolph for all the support. Also, I would like to thank the Hearst Foundation for supporting the education of young journalists and my professors for helping me to get to this point, especially Marcy Nighswander.”
Roussos has also won the Jimi Lott Scholarship from the National Press Photographers Foundation, the Larry Fullerton Scholarship anda Don Perris Scholarship. In 2011, she earned second place in the NPPA student clip contest.
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation was established by its namesake in 1948 under California non-profit laws, exclusively for educational and charitable purposes. Since then, the Hearst Foundations have contributed $901 million to numerous educational programs, health and medical care, human services and the arts in every state.
Complete results from the contest can be found on the Hearst site.