December 4, 2001

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Contact: Tom Eblen, KU School of Journalism, (785) 864-7667.

KU journalism students place in national writing competition

LAWRENCE -- Two University of Kansas students have placed in the 42nd annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation Journalism Awards Program.

KU senior Erin Adamson, a news-editorial, Spanish and Latin American studies major from Lawrence, placed 16th; Meghan Bainum, a junior in news and information from Topeka, placed 18th in the Intercollegiate Writing Competition. Each woman received a certificate of merit.

Adamson's April 17, 2001, University Daily Kansan article, "Flashback to the Flood of '51," explored the flood damage in Lawrence and resulting flood control measures. Adamson is the daughter of Charlotte Adamson, 1729 Barker Ave., Lawrence.

Bainum's article "Different Strokes for Different Folks" appeared in the Nov. 30, 2000, issue of the University Daily Kansan. She discussed the causes of sexual attraction and fetishes and society's conception of sex. Bainum is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Bainum, 7150 S.W. Douglas Road, Topeka.

A University of Missouri student placed first in the writing category and received $2,000. Winners through 10th place received scholarships, and the universities and journalism departments of those students received matching grants.

KU is tied for 10th place in overall points accumulated throughout the Intercollegiate Writing Competition, sponsored annually by the Hearst Foundation. The foundation will announce final winners in April following the last competition of the academic year.

More than 100 universities are participating in the Journalism Awards Program. The program has six monthly writing contests, three photojournalism competitions and two broadcast news competitions, with championship finals in all divisions.

The Journalism Awards Program is sponsored by accredited schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communications. It is funded and administered by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation and awards more than $400,000 in scholarships and grants annually.

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