Three students were named winners of the School of Journalism’s Mark Finley Gold Pen Contest for Best Beginning Newswriter for spring 2011.
The winners are Graham Zurheide, first place, $750 scholarship; Alex Williams, second place, $350 scholarship; and Morgan Toone, third place, $250 scholarship.
Tucson City Councilman Steve Kozachik spoke about the online petition that he launched last weekend against state lawmakers’ reach into local governmental affairs through a number of legislative bills. The participants reported on a press conference that followed with the councilman answering questions. The students then had one hour to write and polish a news story, which were judged by three faculty members.
The submissions were blind-judged by adjunct instructor Lisa Button and professors Susan Knight and Jeannine Relly. Each of the competitors, who were recognized by their Journalism 205 instructors as being among the promising beginning newswriters of the school, received an engraved pen commemorating the event on April 21.
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.