A student from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University won first place in the feature writing competition of the national Hearst Journalism Awards Program.
Senior Weston Phippen, of Salt Lake City, Utah, was awarded the top prize for his story titled Wrap em up Tightly, about a waiter who moonlights as a kidnapper for the Jurez cartel in Ciudad Jurez, Mexico. The story was published in Vice magazine and on vice.com.
Phippen earned a $2,600 scholarship and qualified for Hearst's National Writing Championship in San Francisco in June. ASU will receive a matching grant.