Communication Senior Receives Hearst Journalism Honor

Department senior Bryan Nakata’s profile on a Seattle artist recently ranked among the top twenty selections in the Multimedia One: Narrative Storytelling – Features Competition of the Hearst Journalism Awards.

The piece, edited by Professor Andrea Otanez in last quarter’s News Lab course, profiles Slovenia-born artist, Miha Sarani, whose art focuses on atrocities committed in Yugoslavia during the Second World War.

Nakata not only wrote the story, but he also created the accompanying photos, video, graphic timeline, and audio narrative. While completing his degree, Nakata, who specializes in multimedia production, has worked for multiple media outlets such as KSTW and the Seattle Seahawks. He says that his reporting tends to focus on underrepresented populations and interesting people.

“This is our fifth placement in the highly competitive Hearst Awards in five years,” explains Journalism lecturer and Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Caley Cook. “That is unheard of for a journalism program as small as ours, so we’re excited to keep up the momentum.”

Click below to experience Nakata’s work, as it first appeared in The Seattle Post Intelligencer: