Josh Fendrick wins the Hearst Award
May 28th, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE — May 28, 2013
Rumson — The University of Maryland has announced that Josh Fendrick, a 2009
Graduate of Rumson-Fair Haven Regional High School, is among five semi-finalists in
the Broadcast Television News Competition of the William Randolph Hearst Student
Journalism Awards Program.
“A big part of the reason I fell in love with broadcast journalism was due to my four
years of experience producing the ‘RFH Dawg Report’,” said Fendrick. Named for the
RFH bulldog mascot, the report provided multimedia coverage of RFH athletic teams to
fans throughout the various seasons.
Fendrick recently graduated from the University of Maryland’s Phillip Merrill School of
His contest entries included a report filed from the Democratic National Convention held
in Charlotte, North Carolina in September 2012. The piece was entitled “March on Wall
Street South” in reference to a protest march that took place in New York City prior to
the start of the Convention. Also submitted for entry into the contest was an in-depth
report on Maryland Ballot Question 3, which concerns the removal of politicians from
office due to conviction for a crime. This report was produced in the weeks leading up to
Both entries feature Fendrick’s live reporting. He wrote, filmed, produced, and edited the
pieces as part of his work for the Phillip Merrill College of Journalism’s News Service,
called the Capital News Service.
Fendrick has high praise for the University of Maryland and appreciates the real-life
reporting experience he has gained through its journalism program. “Being a part of the
Capital News Service was a legitimate professional experience, but I was able to do it
without the real-world pressures associated with a full-time job,” he said. “I could not
have asked for a better way to learn.”
Fendrick was awarded $2,000 in association with the award and, along with the other
four semi-finalists, has submitted entries for a final round of judging to be held in early
June. If he moves on to the next round of judging, Fendrick will be entered into the final
competition to be held in San Francisco on June 28.
The Broadcast Television News Competition was added to the Hearst Foundation’s
Journalism Awards Program in 1988. The 2012-2013 Broadcast Television News
Competitions were held in 106 member colleges and universities with accredited
undergraduate journalism programs.
Other semi-finalists in the Broadcast Television News Competition attended the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Iowa, Louisiana State
University, and Arizona State University.
The Hearst Journalism Awards Program offers awards totaling up to $500,000 in
scholarships, matching grants, and stipends.
The University of Maryland is a public research university located in College Park,
To view Fendrick’s contest entries, visit the following links –
For “Maryland Ballot Question 3″ visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?
For “March on Wall Street South” visit http://www.youtube.com/watch?
FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT –
Mary Ann Kampfe, RFHRHS Public Relations
email@example.com or 908-347-8885