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FAMU SJGC Lands Coveted Hearst Award for Second Consecutive Year

School of Journalism & Graphic Communication graduate Bleu Bell clinched a Hearst Award in the category of Breaking News Writing for the 60th Annual Hearst Journalism Awards. Bell’s award earned her a certificate of merit from the organization out of 96 entries from a pool of 54 schools.

“The moment I came to SJGC and learned what a Hearst Award was, I aspired to become a good enough writer to win one. Although that seed was planted years ago, I never could have imagined it a reality without the mentorship and guidance of The Famuan advisors. My journey as a writer is credited to them for sparking a light in me,” Bell said.

Bell’s le focused on Donald Trump’s visit to Benedict College to deliver a speech at the 2020 Bipartisan Justice Forum. During Trump’s visit he was recognized with an award for his leadership in passing the First Step Act bill.

“That entire weekend I think I slept a total of 9 hours. I was covering multiple events and was up in my hotel room writing and editing all night. That specific day, the day President Trump came to Benedict College, was madness. My journalist skills were really put to the test and I enjoyed every minute of it,” said Bell.

Last year SJGC student SJGC student Aiyana Ishmael received a Hearst Award in the category on college sports writing competition.

The 14 monthly competitions consist of five writing, two photojournalism, one radio, two television and four multimedia, with Championship finals in all divisions. The program awards up to $700,000 in scholarships and grants annually.