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: "The role journalists play in the changing perceptions of collegiate and professional sports." 
 
ENTRY REQUIREMENTS: DEADLINE: FRIDAY MARCH 6, 2015 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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.  
 
Bob Costas, Emmy Award-winning journalist, eight-time National Sportscaster of the Year, and Olympic Commentator, will discuss “Journalism’s Role in the Changing Perceptions and Policies in Collegiate and Professional Sports," Saturday, April 18, 2015, 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.
 
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), Kirk L. Jowers (Director, Hinckley Institute of Politics and Federal Relations, University of Utah), Nancy Melich (Literary Seminar Director at The Utah Shakespeare Festival), and Jennifer Napier-Pearce (Media Reporter, Salt Lake Tribune).The jury reserves the right not to select a winning essay.
  
Contact: Mary Kay Lazarus, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.801.328.8899