Finley participants interview Tucson mayor

Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild takes questions from students during the Finley Newswriting Competition April 13. (Photo by Susan Knight)

Journalism student Danielle Herrington took first place in the Mark Finley Gold Pen for Best Beginning Newswriter Contest held April 13 in the School of Journalism.

The students attended a press conference with Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild, who spoke about the modern streetcar project. Rothschild took questions from the students, who then had one hour to write and complete a news story. 

Entries were judged by professors Susan Knight, Jeannine Relly and Sarah Gassen.

Herrington wins $1,000 for her first-place story. Second-place finisher Mary Simpson wins $750 and third-place finisher Savannah Martin 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.

Read Herrington's first-place story here.


Published Date: 

04/17/2012 - 9:04am