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FAMU School of Journalism and Graphic Communication Alumna Wins National Award

This article originally appeared on Provost’s “Great Things” Daily E-Mail on May 22, 2020

Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University alumna Bleu Bell is among the top 10 winners in the 60th Annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation's Breaking News Writing Competition. Bell graduated from FAMU's School of Journalism and Graphic Communication (SJGC) this spring.

In October, Bell covered President Trump's first visit to an historically black college and university (HBCU) for the FAMUAN. Her story earned a certificate of merit in the competition.

“The moment I came to SJGC and learned what a Hearst Award was, I aspired to become a good enough writer to win one," said Bell. "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.”

More than 100 undergraduate journalism programs from universities across the nation are eligible to participate in the competition. Ninety-six entries from 54 schools were received in the final writing competition of the academic year.

FAMUAN Advisor Angeline Taylor credits Bell's professionalism and thoroughness for helping her secure the award.

"From the entry-level journalism courses to the most advanced, Lilla Bleu Bell has set her mind on excelling in journalism and communications. As a journalist and editor, she mentors her peers while also providing well-rounded sources and accuracy,” said Taylor. “As a communicator throughout Tallahassee, she has worked with quite a few clients at two major firms.

The Hearst Journalism Awards program is conducted by accredited schools of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication and is fully funded and administered by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

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

You may click here to read Bell's wining story.