Winners of Finley newswriting contest announced

Three students were named winners of the School of Journalism’s Mark Finley Gold Pen Contest for Best Beginning Newswriter for spring 2010.

The winners are Alexandra Newman, first place, $750 scholarship; Tim Kosch, second place, $350 scholarship;
and Tim Glass, third place, $250 scholarship.

The competitors listened to a presentation by U.S. Rep. Raúl Grijalva, who represents 7th congressional district, about the new health care reform law. Grijalva then answered questions from students.

Competitors then had one hour to write and polish a news story. The submissions were blind-judged by professors Susan Knight, Jeannine Relly and adjunct instructor Sarah Gassen.

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.

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