An IowaWatch multimedia series by Emily Hoerner when she was an IowaWatch reporter has been awarded ninth place in the William Randolph Hearst Foundation’s 2012-13 College Multimedia Journalism competition. Hoerner’s series, Path to Polarization, explored how politics has been politicized in Iowa and nationally. Hoerner wrote the stories as an honors project at the University of Iowa School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Her honors adviser was Stephen Berry, an associate professor at the school and IowaWatch’s co-founder. The series was published by IowaWatch and distributed to Iowa news media for their use in November.