This year, three aspiring journalists will each receive $3,000 awards at the 2015 ANWC Excellence in Journalism Gala honoring CBS news correspondent and “CBS This Morning” co-host Norah O’Donnell. Our three scholarship winners are all aspiring journalists who have demonstrated merit, professional commitment and seriousness of purpose. They are:
Colleen Murphy, a rising senior at George Washington University, majoring in political communication with a minor in Spanish and Latin American languages, literature and culture. She has been elected by her fellow students as editor-in-chief of The GW Hatchet, the university’s student newspaper. Her work at the Hatchet has included leading the coverage team for the recent District of Columbia mayoral primary election, interviewing victims of sexual assault on campus and following GW’s takeover of the Corcoran College of Art & Design. She has worked at the Minneapolis-St. Paul Business Journal and will work this summer for The Chronicle of Higher Education. A native of Minnesota, she hopes to become a reporter specializing in business and education.
Colleen is ANWC’s Jane Lingo Scholar, named in honor of pioneering journalist Jane Tunstall Lingo, a long-time ANWC member who was also among the first women admitted to the National Press Club. The second half of her career was spent advancing women’s education at George Washington University, and she endowed this special ANWC scholarship.
Talia Richman, a rising junior at the University of Maryland (College Park), majoring in journalism. She is senior staff writer and assistant news editor at The Diamondback, Maryland’s student newspaper. Her work there has included interviewing the first American death row inmate to be exonerated by DNA evidence and Marylanders seeking the right to die with dignity. A native of Texas, she has served as an intern at the Dallas Morning News and, last year, at USA Today. Her goal as a professional journalist is to put a human face on vital issues.
Sophie McTear, a rising junior at George Washington University, majoring in political communications. She serves as Design Editor for The GW Hatchet, leading a team of graphic designers who collaborate with the news team to convert data into illuminating and eye-catching visual information. A native of Baltimore, she has also started her own freelance graphic design business, working with local artists in branding, booking and merchandising. Her professional goal is to apply her education in political communication and talent for data visualization to strategic marketing campaigns.