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January 02, 2013


University of Montana journalism student Jessica Murri of Boise, Idaho, recently won first place in the radio competition of the William Randolph Hearst College Journalism Awards Program. The Hearst Awards, often called the Pulitzer Prize of college journalism, honors students in writing, photojournalism, television, multimedia and radio. Murri’s first-place finish qualifies her for the national championship, which will take place in San Francisco this June.

Murri submitted three stories for her award-winning radio entry, one on a river cleanup, a profile of a man living with a brain injury, and a sound profile on a dog-care facility. Murri produced the pieces for Montana Public Radio, KBGA College Radio and Boise Public Radio, where she interned last summer.

Murri says she was “shocked and honored” to learn of the first-place win. She says the $2,600 prize came at a time when she was wondering how to pay tuition for her last semester of schooling at UM. She will be invited to San Francisco to participate in the championship where competitors are given a topic, cab fare and radio equipment to complete a story in one day.

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program was founded in 1960 to provide support, encouragement and assistance to journalism education at the university level. The program awards scholarships to students for outstanding performance in college-level journalism, with matching grants to the students’ schools.

For more information on Murri’s win or the UM School of Journalism program, call Interim Dean Denise Dowling at 406-243-4143 or email



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Contact: Denise Dowling, interim dean, UM School of Journalism, 406-243-4143,