Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications Clinches First Place in Hearst Investigative Reporting Competition

Hampton, Va. (May 31, 2024) –The prestigious Hearst Journalism Awards Program has announced the Hampton University Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications team as the first-place winner in the Investigative Reporting Individual or Team Competition for the 2023-24 academic year. This accolade is a significant achievement, given the intense competition that saw 72 entries from 43 schools vying for the top spot in the fifth and final writing competition of the year.

Hampton University’s Scripps Howard School of Journalism team included talented journalists Daelin Brown, Jordin Wright, Tigist Ashaka, Sherdell Baker, Sydney Broadnax, Noah Hogan, and Mikayla Roberts, who worked under the expert guidance of Dean Julia Wilson. Their collaborative effort and investigative prowess have brought recognition not only to themselves but also to their institution, showcasing the high standards of journalism education at Hampton University.

The Hearst Journalism Awards Program, now in its 64th year, is renowned for its comprehensive competitions that span across multiple disciplines in journalism. Besides the investigative reporting category, the program also features two photojournalism, one audio, two television, and four multimedia competitions, providing a broad platform for journalism students to exhibit their skills.

Participation in the Hearst competition is highly sought after, with 105 member universities of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication, all accredited undergraduate journalism programs, being eligible. The program offers substantial rewards, with up to $700,000 in scholarships, matching grants, and stipends available, making it one of the most lucrative and competitive platforms for aspiring journalists.

This year’s win by the Hampton University team underscores the quality and dedication of its journalism students and faculty. Their success in the Hearst competition highlights the importance of investigative journalism in today’s media landscape and the critical role that educational institutions play in nurturing the next generation of journalists.


Hampton University, a dynamic historically Black institution with a legacy of excellence in education, research, and community service, provides a nurturing and empowering environment for students to thrive academically and personally. Founded in 1868, Hampton emphasizes a scientific and professional curriculum with a strong liberal arts undergirding, offering a broad range of technical, liberal arts and graduate degree programs. With a commitment to inclusion and innovation, Hampton continues to be a beacon of educational leadership in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Named “Best Private College” in Virginia, HU is a tightly-knit community of learners and educators representing 49 states and 35 territories and nations. With a commitment to fostering intellectual curiosity, critical thinking, and global citizenship, Hampton University prepares students to thrive in an ever-changing world. Visit www.hamptonu.edu.

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