Franklin College junior Taylor Wooten received the Indianapolis Press Club Foundation scholarship for the category of deadline news coverage.
Each spring, the Press Club Foundation selects winners in three categories: deadline news, features and sports writing. The awards are officially named the Last Row Party Scholarships – a nod to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which sponsors the scholarships. The scholarships mirror the checks distributed to the last row drivers in the annual Indianapolis 500 race. While those drivers receive checks for .31, .32 and .33 cents, the students receive checks in the amount of $1,031 for deadline news, $1,032 for features and $1,033 for sports writing.
Wooten, a multimedia journalism major, submitted two samples of her best work. She shares the honor for first place in deadline news with Goshen College student Mackenzie Miller. Students from Indiana University and Ball State University claimed the other two prizes.
“Taylor is an impressive young journalist. She has the intelligence, ethical standards and personal integrity to work in the professional field,” said Joel Cramer, J.D., professor of journalism and chair of the Pulliam School of Journalism, “Taylor is the latest in a long line of Franklin College students to demonstrate excellence as a student journalist.”
The daughter of Cindy Wooten and Marshall Stacy, both of Clarksville, Wooten is the co-executive editor of The Franklin student newsmagazine and a varsity member of the track and cross country teams. Wooten has served as a reporter for TheStatehouseFile.com, a news website powered by the school’s journalism students, and has served the Franklin College Office of Communications as a Pulliam Fellow, writing press releases as well as feature articles for the college magazine.
For more information, contact the Franklin College Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.
POSTED May 26, 2021