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2010: Jessica Opoien

Author: perkinsk

Congratulations to Jessica Opoien the 2010 winner of the Hugh Sidey Scholarship in Print Journalism. Her essay entitled Guarding the Fourth Estate received the highest overall score from the three judges. Opoien’s essay discussed Hugh Sidey’s belief that “the American presidency is the most sought-after, analyzed and scrutinized political office on earth.” Her essay also touched on the ethics involved in covering the Presidency and the changes being made in the way the media is covering the President.

Opoien will receive a $5,000 scholarship and a trip to Washington, D.C. courtesy of Mr. David M. Rubenstein and the White House Historical Association. “It’s such an honor to receive a scholarship named for Hugh Sidey, whose legacy of presidential coverage is something that, as a journalist, I will strive to emulate,” said Opoien. “ I’m absolutely thrilled to have the opportunity to visit the White House, and I couldn’t be more grateful for the generous scholarship of $5,000.”

Read Opoien’s essay, “Guarding the Fourth Estate