$2,500 Essay Competition for Students at Colleges & Universities in Utah

In conjunction with the annual McCarthey Family Foundation Lecture Series: In Praise of Independent Journalism, students at colleges and universities in Utah are invited to submit an original essay of 500 words. The winning essayist on the topic listed below will receive a cash prize of $2,500.00.

ESSAY TOPIC: In your opinion has the integrity of the press in a free society – at a time when the media is struggling with insecurities about its financial future – been compromised? What role – positive or negative – have journalists played in the shaping of the 2016 Presidential Campaign?

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: DEADLINE: Friday September 16, 2016 by mail OR email. By mail: send essays, typed and double-spaced, to: MKL Public Relations, 1338 S. Foothill Drive, Suite 264, Salt Lake City, Utah 84108-2321. By email, send Word document, typed and double-spaced, to [email protected]. All entries must include student’s name, phone number, email address and name and department of the university or college in which the student is currently enrolled. Essays may be submitted anytime prior to the September 16, 2016 deadline. 

JURORS: Sarah J. McCarthey, Chair (Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), Thomas K. McCarthey, Jr. (former Associate Editor, Salt Lake Tribune), Lois Collins (Columnist and Reporter, Deseret News), Lex Hemphill (former Sports Reporter, Columnist and Editorial writer, Salt Lake Tribune), Nancy Melich (Literary Seminar Director at The Utah Shakespeare Festival), and Jennifer Napier-Pearce (Editor, Salt Lake Tribune).The jury reserves the right not to select a winning essay.

Tom Brokaw,  award-winning TV journalist and author, former anchor and managing editor of NBC Nightly News, will be the guest lecturer, Saturday, October 29, 2016, 7:00 PM at Rowland Hall, Philip G. McCarthey Campus, 720 Guardsman Way in Salt Lake City. The Lecture is open to the public at no charge. The winning essayist will be announced at that time and the essay printed in the evening’s program. www.rowlandhall.org/mccartheylectureseries