Journalism Student Named Finalist in National Competition

University of Memphis senior and The Daily Helmsman editor Joshua Cannon won 10th place in the college breaking news writing category of the 55th annual William Randolph Hearst Foundation's Journalism Awards Program. There were 80 entries in this competition, submitted from 46 schools.

Cannon was recognized for his article about Martese Johnson, a black University of Virginia student who was injured while being taken into custody by Virginia Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC). Photos and videos surfaced after the arrest, going viral and sparking social media coverage at #JusticeforMartese. Cannon wrote the article as a collegiate correspondent for USA Today.

The Hearst Journalism Awards program is presented annually under the auspices of the Association of Schools of Journalism and Mass Communication (ASJMC) with full-funding by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation. The program's mission is to encourage and support excellence in journalism and journalism education in America's colleges and universities.