From left: Erik Kolsrud, Brit Reid and Jordyn Owen
Sophomore Erik Kolsrud won the Mark Finley Gold Pen Award after vying with 11 other 205 students in the fall 2015 best beginning newswriting contest Dec. 3 at the UA School of Journalism.
Sophomore Brit Reid took second and senior Jordyn Owen was third. Kolsrud captured $1,000, while Reid and Owen won $750 and $500, respectively.
Students had one hour to write and polish a story after interviewing City Councilman Steve Kozachik during a news conference setting. Professor Susan Knight and adjunct instructor Sarah Garrecht Gassen judged the competition.
The contest is named for the late Mark Finley, a UA grad who was a journalist and assistant for the publisher of Hearst's Boston newspaper for 17 years.
Go to journalism.arizona.edu/finley/list to see past winners.