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Essay contest for aspiring journalists features $2,500 cash prize

Published September 20, 2012 3:01 pm

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Attention aspiring journalism students: a $2,500 prize may await you for crafting an essay on the role of reporters in writing about public policy reform.

College students can win the money for entering a journalism essay competition, which is being held in connection with the seventh annual McCarthey Family Foundation Lecture Series. This year, an Oct. 27 lecture features Pulitzer Prize-winning author and presidential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin.

To enter the competition, students should write a 500-word essay and submit it by Friday, Sept. 28, on the topic "What is the proper role of today's journalist in reporting issues of public policy reform in an era of attack ads, inflammatory metaphors and a divided nation that make it increasingly difficult to be heard?"

Mail typed and double-spaced essays to MKL Public Relations, 1338 S. Foothill Drive, Box 264, Salt Lake City, UT 84108-2321.

Kearns' lecture next month is titled "The Legacy of Theodore Roosevelt's Bully Pulpit in Today's Era of Journalism and Politics." It will be held at 7 p.m. at Rowland Hall, Philip G. McCarthey Campus on Guardsman Way. The lecture is free and open to the public. —

Enter the competition

Who >> College and university students

What >> 500-word journalism essay competition

How >> Mail typed and double-spaced essays to MKL Public Relations, 1338 S. Foothill Drive, Box 264, Salt Lake City, UT 84108-2321 by Friday, Sept. 28, 2012.

Topic >> "What is the proper role of today's journalist in reporting issues of public policy reform in an era of attack ads, inflammatory metaphors, and a divided nation that make it increasingly difficult to be heard?"

Award >> Winner receives $2,500 cash prize