"I was really surprised when I found out," said Nienhuis. "I was really excited."
Nienhuis says that SJMC instructor Dana Benson was a guiding force in his work. "From the first day of the semester in 4451: Advanced Electronic News Writing and Reporting, Dana told us about the Hearst Awards and other competitions," says Nienhuis. "I wanted to submit work, so I kept that in mind throughout the semester and Dana helped me with some touch ups and made sure my work was ready to be submitted."
Next up, Nienhuis is eligible to enter the semi-final competition in TV News, which will be held in March. From there, he can move on to the national competition, which offers scholarship money. "I'm definitely going to enter the next steps of the competition," says Nienhuis.