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University of Iowa News Release

March 4, 2003

UI Student Wins National Award For Sports Journalism

University of Iowa junior Tyler Lechtenberg has won sixth place in the sports category of a national collegiate journalism competition sponsored by the William Randolph Hearst Foundation.

Lechtenberg, a Dundee native, won a $500 scholarship for his article, "Building Blockers," which was published Dec. 24, 2002, in The Gazette (Cedar Rapids, Iowa City) where he is a part-time sports reporter. It was the first in a three-part series that looked at how the UI football coaching staff builds offensive lineman. Lechtenberg is a 2000 graduate of Starmont High School and the son of Jim and Deb Lechtenberg of rural Dundee.

The UI School of Journalism and Mass Communication in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will receive a $500 matching grant for Lechtenberg's effort. His award along with UI winners in previous categories in the yearlong competition gives the UI fifth-place standing overall among the 105 colleges and universities whose students have submitted entries.S

Some 64 students from 41 colleges and universities entered the sports writing competition. The foundation sponsors six writing, three photojournalism, two radio broadcast news and two television broadcast news competitions each academic year, beginning in October and ending in April. The competition year culminates in June with the National Writing, Photojournalism and Broadcast News Championships, and is open to selected winning students from the monthly competitions who also receive additional awards.

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. This is the 43rd year of competitions, in which more than $400,000 in scholarships and grants will be awarded to students and schools.

STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa News Services, 300 Plaza Centre One, Suite 371, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-2500.

CONTACT(S): Media: Mary Geraghty Kenyon, 319-384-0011, mary-kenyon@uiowa.edu.