Drake student places in top 10 in Hearst explanatory reporting contest

Ashley Flaws, a December 2019 graduate of the Drake School of Journalism and Mass Communication, has placed in the top 10 in the national Hearst Explanatory Writing Competition.

Drake SJMC currently is in first place in the annual Hearst Intercollegiate Writing Competition after two Drake students won awards in the 2020 feature writing contest.

Ashley placed sixth for her story on the struggles of ethanol, how dependent Iowa’s farmers now are on the fuel, and how that will affect Iowa in the future. The story appeared on Urban Plains, the SJMC’s senior capstone website created by magazine media, digital media production and multimedia journalism majors.

Ashley is now marketing and communications coordinator at the Iowa Dental Association.