Journalism student Alison Dorf took first place in the Mark Finley Gold Pen for Best Beginning Newswriter Contest held April 22 in the School of Journalism.
The students attended a press conference with Kim Janes, manager of the Pima County Animal Care Center. He spoke about improvements at the county facility and a community steering committee that is working to improve medical care for homeless pets. Janes took questions from the students, who then had one hour to write and complete a news story.
Entries were judged by professors Susan Knight, Fred Brock and Sarah Gassen.
Dorf wins $1,000 for her first-place story. Second-place finisher Brittney Smith wins $750 and third-place finisher Jordan McMahon wins $500.
Each of the competitors, recognized by J205 instructors as being among the promising beginning newswriters of the school, received an engraved pen commemorating the event.
The contest is named for the late Mark Finley. A graduate of The University of Arizona, Finley was a journalist and assistant for the publisher of Hearst's Boston newspaper for 17 years.