“Best of the best”

As regular readers of this blog know, I teach a course named “Media Hub.” The dean calls it a course for the “best of the best” of the Hussman School of Journalism and Media at UNC.

Now, that name is offficially certified. The work of one of our students, Cambria Haro, has been awarded first place in the national Hearst Journalism Awards for her work on television storytelling. First, out of 105 entries from universities around the country.

Her entries are about Peter Norton, a storyteller who couldn’t speak, and Alexis Nye, a audiology student who couldn’t hear. Both are worth a watch.

UNC has done well so far this year in these awards, which are consider the Pulitzers of college journalism. Mary Glen Hatcher won the third place award in feature writing and Margaret High, fifth, out of 156 entries. Haley France won fourth place in photojournalism and Matthew Westmoreland, fifth.

Back to Cambria. She is from LA and graduated in December. She’s a rare talent, but isn’t even sure she wants to go into broadcasting. Maybe she’ll reconsider with this award.