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May 12, 2011 11:30 ET

Hearst, Reynolds Journalism Institute, Adobe, Google & Sprint Announce Winners of Student Mobile Media Design Competition

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - May 12, 2011) - Hearst Corporation's Innovation group, The University of Missouri's Reynolds Journalism Institute (RJI), Adobe Systems Inc., Google, and Sprint today announced the winners of their student competition aimed at creating new media-related mobile apps using Google's open-source Android mobile platform. The winning project, based on an idea submitted to Hearst Innovation by David Campbell of The National Magazine Company, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hearst based in the U.K., is a game that lets players build their own game-world digital publication by selecting from the day's real-world breaking news, gaining "viewership" based on the popularity of the stories they select. It was created by Bryan Baugher, Amanda Klohmann, Josh Lory, Morgan Mitchell and Matthew Schmertz.

With mentorship from Hearst Corporate Innovation and employees across Hearst's diverse businesses, the competition challenged journalism, business, and computer science students at the University of Missouri to collaborate on the development of potentially valuable mobile apps. Adobe offered the students software tools to assist with development, Sprint tested the apps during the development stage, and Google provided assistance with the Android operating system.

"Hearst has long encouraged innovative thinking throughout the Corporation, and having the opportunity to work with these talented students, with support from Adobe, Google and Sprint, was very rewarding," said Beth Polish, director of Corporate Innovation and senior vice president of Hearst Interactive Media. "We congratulate all the finalists, and especially the winners, on their exceptional work."

"Google was thrilled to have this year's RJI Student Competition leverage and accelerate innovation based on the Android OS to create real world solutions for journalism," said Jake Parrillo, Google's Midwest manager, Global Communications and Public Affairs. "The combination of Google's Android OS with the amazing talent that participated in this year's RJI Student Competition is a win for everyone involved."

"The University of Missouri has one of the leading journalism schools in the country and Sprint was excited to provide the students with cutting-edge devices and applications to assist in their development efforts," said Tim Donahue, Sprint vice president of solution sales.

"This is our second year working closely with Hearst Innovation," said Mike McKean, director of the Futures Lab at RJI. "And everyone involved took it to the next level."

During the 2009-10 academic year, Hearst Innovation and RJI partnered with Adobe for a student competition to produce journalism-related products and services using Adobe's Flash Catalyst technology. One of the competition's winning ideas has since been placed in development as a potential Hearst business.

"We are thrilled once again to witness how students at the University of Missouri School of Journalism use Adobe products to create programs that address key media business challenges," said Megan Stewart, director of worldwide higher education at Adobe.

"We are on to something very special here, matching marquee media and technology leaders with some of the brightest and hardest-working students in the world," observed Keith Politte, manager of RJI's Technology Testing Center. "The bonds that have been forged, especially between the students and their Hearst mentors, are deep and will no doubt inspire innovation for years to come."

To learn more about the competition and the projects visit http://www.rjionline.org/topics/student-competitions.

About Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute
The Donald W. Reynolds Journalism Institute (rjionline.org) engages media professionals, scholars and citizens in programs aimed at improving the practice and understanding of journalism. Part of the Missouri School of Journalism, RJI collaborates with news and technology companies, professional associations, foundations and individuals to generate and test innovative models and technologies for journalism and advertising. Six Donald W. Reynolds Fellows spend an academic year at RJI, working with Missouri faculty and students and RJI staff to develop new ways to gather, process and deliver news, information and advertising. RJI was launched in 2004 with an initial $31 million grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. In 2009, the Foundation awarded the Institute an additional $15 million for operating support.

About Hearst Innovation
Launched in April 2009, Hearst Corporate Innovation, a division of Hearst Corporation, works to drive innovative and entrepreneurial thinking across the company's various business units and assists employees with the development of new business concepts with the goal of turning them into profitable ventures.

About Hearst Corporation
Hearst Corporation (www.hearst.com) is one of the nation's largest diversified media companies. Its major interests include ownership of 15 daily and 38 weekly newspapers, including the Houston Chronicle, San Francisco Chronicle, San Antonio Express-News and Albany Times Union; nearly 200 magazines around the world, including Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan and O, The Oprah Magazine; 29 television stations, which reach a combined 18% of U.S. viewers; ownership in leading cable networks, including Lifetime, A&E, History and ESPN; as well as business publishing, including a minority joint venture interest in Fitch Ratings; Internet and marketing services businesses, television production, newspaper features distribution and real estate.

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