MISSOULA – University of Montana student Dustin Askim recently earned a Jim Murray Scholarship, a top national award for excellence in sports writing.
Askim, a senior in the UM School of Journalism, was one of five essay-competition winners from across the country. The award and $5,000 scholarship honors the long and illustrious sports-writing career of Pulitzer Prize-winner Jim Murray.
Murray covered sports and entertainment for newspapers and magazines for 50 years and was one of the founders of Sports Illustrated. He won the National Sportswriter of the Year award 14 times and was inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Writers’ Wing. The scholarship is granted through the Jim Murray Memorial Foundation.
Askim, of Laurel, called Murray’s writing hilarious, sad, clever and inquisitive, and said Murray is the only writer who has made him tear up more than once.
Askim’s essay was judged by professional sports writers including UM alumnus and former Murray Scholar Bill Oram of the Salt Lake Tribune. With Askim’s win, five UM journalism students have claimed the prestigious award.
Photo cutline: Dustin Askim.