Two Franklin Students Earn Honors in Thomas R. Keating Feature Writing Competition
Campus News

Franklin College senior Shelby Mullis won third place in the Indianapolis Press Club Foundation’s 32nd Annual Thomas R. Keating Feature Writing Program on Saturday, Nov. 10.

Mullis, a journalism major, received a cash prize of $1,250. She was one of 10 finalists selected by a panel of judges from a pool of 47 students who entered the contest. Finalists were dropped off at the Indiana State Fairgrounds in Indianapolis and were given approximately five hours to develop and write a feature story, which they composed in The Indianapolis Star newsroom.

Mullis, the executive editor of The Franklin, Franklin College’s student-run news source, is the daughter of William and Michelle Mullis of Franklin. She graduated from Franklin Community High School.

Erica Irish, a Franklin College sophomore, was named an alternate in the competition.  Irish, daughter of Eric and Charise Irish of Indianapolis, graduated from Perry Meridian High School. Irish serves as the opinion editor of The Franklin. She also serves as a Student Ambassador for the college’s Office of Admissions.

 Mullis, along with the other competition finalists, received $100 and a copy of the reprinted book Indiana Faces and Other Places, a collection of Keating’s work for The Indianapolis Star from 1966-1982.

The competition is named after Tom Keating, a former Indianapolis Star columnist and Lilly Endowment executive who died in 1985 at the age of 45.  Since its inception in 1987, the Keating program has donated more than $151,000 to Indiana college and university students.

For more information contact Franklin College’s Office of Communications at (317) 738-8185.

POSTED Nov 27, 2018