J-School's Wilkins Wins National Reporting Competition

Posted on: April 9, 2013

emilywilkins-200x200MSU School of Journalism and political science senior Emily Wilkins is a winner of the Roy W. Howard National Collegiate Reporting Competition, sponsored by the Scripps Howard Foundation. She and eight fellow winners will receive a nine-day journalism study trip to Japan.

"I'm beyond excited to have the chance to not only visit Japan but to see it through the eyes of a journalist," said Wilkins. "I hope my experience will help me become a well-rounded reporter and give me a fresh perspective on how I cover stories and see the world."

The trip to Japan begins May 23 and includes excursions primarily in the Kansai region cities of Osaka, Kyoto and Kobe. Included in the trip is a visit to Hiroshima, the first city in world history to be devastated by an atomic bomb, and the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum and Park, as well as Tokyo. Indiana University School of Journalism's Joseph Coleman will lead the trip. Coleman is the Roy W. Howard Professor of Practice and was also former Associated Press bureau chief in Tokyo.

Wilkins is a native of Farmington Hills. She serves as managing editor of the State News and previously interned with the Colorado Springs Gazette, the Houston Chronicle Washington Bureau, the Columbus Dispatch and the Scripps Howard Foundation Wire. She will intern with the Washington Bureau of the Dallas Morning News this summer. She was also a part of the New York Times Student Journalism Institute in January 2012.

The competition, established in 1984 in cooperation with the Indiana University School of Journalism, honors the memory of the journalist who led Scripps Howard Newspapers from 1922‐1953 and United Press International from 1912‐1920.

Congratulations Emily!

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