Three students were named winners of the School of Journalism’s Mark Finley Gold Pen Contest for Best Beginning Newswriter for fall 2010.
The winners are Camille Mathieu, first place, $750 scholarship; Zac Baker, second place, $350 scholarship; and David Watkins, third place, $250 scholarship.
Prof. Peter Smith, who spoke about the first asteroid samples recently returned to Earth and their scientific value. The participants listened to a presentation, asked questions and then had one hour to write and polish a news story, which were judged by four faculty members.
The submissions were blind-judged by professors Jeannine Relly and Nancy Sharkey and adjunct instructors Sarah Gassen and Jane See White.
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 on April 6.
The contest is named for the late Mark Finley, who established the contest. Finley, a graduate of The University of Arizona, was a journalist and assistant for the publisher of Hearst's Boston newspaper for 17 years.