METTLER WINS 26th KEATING COLLEGE WRITING CHALLENGE
(Read the winning entries and finalists on our contest page.)
Katie Mettler of Indiana University won the 26th Annual Thomas R. Keating Feature Writing Program in Indianapolis on Saturday with her story of a former karate master now homeless after being seriously injured in a mugging.
The Indianapolis Press Club Foundation sponsors and runs the Keating writing challenge program, which features 10 finalists representing Indiana’s best and sharpest college journalism students.
Mettler was awarded first place and prize money of $2,500 for her feature story.
Finishing in second and earning $1,250 was Victoria Ison of Ball State University, and Claire Wiseman of Indiana University earned third place and $750.
The Fountain Square Historic District in Indianapolis was the site and subject matter for the Keating program’s 2012 Writing Challenge. Keating finalists were dropped off at Fountain Square at 11:30 a.m. Saturday morning and given four hours to develop and write a feature story. The Indianapolis Star provided space in its newsroom for the finalists to craft their stories.
The program is named in honor of Tom Keating, a popular former Indianapolis Star columnist and Lilly Endowment executive who died in 1985 at the age of 45.
Forty students from colleges around the state entered the contest. A panel of judges chose 10 finalists who competed Saturday. Besides the top finishers, the finalists included: Kirsten Clark of Indiana University; Ellen Kobe of DePauw University; Michael Majchrowicz of Indiana University; Jake New of Indiana University; Andrew Owens of the University of Notre Dame; Samuel Stryker of Notre Dame and Jessica Wray of Franklin College.
Board members of the Indianapolis Press Club Foundation presented the awards and cash prizes Saturday night at the Skyline Club in downtown Indianapolis.
Jeffrey H. Smulyan, chairman, president and CEO of Emmis Communications, was the keynote speaker. He spoke about how the media need to find new business models for their products.
Each Keating finalist also received $100 and a copy of the book “Indiana Faces and Other Places,” a collection of Keating’s work for The Star from 1966-1982.Since its inception in 1986, the Keating program has donated more than $116,000 to Indiana college and university students.
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Ten student journalists are in Indy this weekend to find and write stories in the 26th Annual Thomas R. Keating Feature Writing Program.
Top prize is $2500, and you can follow @indypressclub for updates and photos.
Tweet your encouragement and congratulations to these students. They're representing Indiana University, Ball State, DePauw, the University of Notre Dame and Franklin College.
Look for updates here as the winners are announced on Saturday night.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING KEATING FINALISTS
Kirsten Clark – Indiana University
Victoria Ison – Ball State University
Ellen Kobe – DePauw University
Michael Majchrowicz – Indiana University
Katie Mettler – Indiana University
Jake New – Indiana University
Andrew Owens – University of Notre Dame
Samuel Stryker – University of Notre Dame
Claire Wiseman – Indiana University
Jessica Wray – Franklin College
These college students will compete Saturday, November 10 in Indiana's premier collegiate feature writing competition. Judges selected these 10 finalists from a field of 41 entries, which were deep and strong. Students chosen as a finalist stood out among stiff competition.
The first-place winner in the challenge writing competition will receive $2,500. Second prize is $1,250. Third place is $750.The program is named in honor of Tom Keating, a former Indianapolis Star columnist and Lilly Endowment executive who died in 1985 at the age of 45.
Since its inception in 1986, the Keating program has donated more than $115,000 to Indiana college and university students.
Keating Competition Dinner is Nov. 10
The Indianapolis Press Club Foundation's annual Keating Competition dinner is Saturday, Nov. 10 at the Skyline Club (address: One America Square, Indianapolis). Winners of the Thomas R. Keating competition will be announced at this event.
The reception begins at 6 p.m., and dinner is at 7 p.m. Jeff Smulyan, Emmis chairman, president and CEO, is the speaker. Tickets are $50 each. To purchase a ticket, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (317) 701-1130.
Congratulations to the 2011-2012 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Charlie Scudder of Indiana University
Lauren Sedam of Indiana University
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