Betty Hurd won the Mark Finley Gold Pen Award in the UA School of Journalism's spring 2018 best beginning news writing contest.
Trent Anderson finished second and Eva Halvax placed third after 16 students selected by their JOUR 205 instructors competed in the April 16 contest.
Hurd will receive $1,000 in scholarship money, followed by Anderson with $750 and Halvax with $500. All 16 participants will receive engraved pens.
Students had an hour to write a story after listening to a 20-minute news conference by Jim Critchley, recently retired Tucson Fire chief, followed by a 40-minute Q&A.
Professor Susan Knight and three adjunct instructors — Tom Beal, Joe Ferguson and Brett Fera — judged the competition.