Students may submit more than one story but no more than four. The two broadcasting awards — now the only such awards that recognise excellence in sports broadcasting — were decided by the votes of SJA members and produced familiar results.
The competition is open to undergraduate students who are media and journalism majors or premajors. An entry submitted once may not be resubmitted in any other Hearst competition. If the entry is from a professional publication, it must verified by an accompanying letter from the publication's editor stating that the entry is student work with minimal editing and no editor rewriting.
David Hills of the Observer is the new king of the diarists. Writing The MJ-school has placed second or third in the overall writing competition one time: The MoS had seven awards or commendations.