Cal Poly student Kyle McCarty won the journalism category of the Entertainment Industries Council’s Generation Next competition.
The competition tasks California college students with writing about mental health challenges. Winners were selected in three categories: film and television, journalism and social media.
McCarty, a journalism major, focused his project on college-age people and depression. The stories aim to expand awareness, reduce discrimination and encourage people to seek help.
McCarty’s project came out of professor Patrick Howe’s advanced newspaper reporting practicum course.
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“One of the struggles in journalistic writing is that it’s far easier to tell stories when we oversimplify things, but that’s not good journalism,” Howe said. “The beauty of Kyle’s piece is that he told a complex story about depression during college in an engaging way that discussed both the problems and solutions.”
Semifinalists worked with a team of professions from creative and mental health fields.
Each winner earns a $4,000 prize and recognition at the 18th annual PRISM Awards in Los Angeles on April 24.