Tyler Junior College

Students win big at state journalism conference

Published Monday, 8th April 2013

Tyler Junior College communications and media students swept the competition at their annual state conference, taking the top honors in their division.

The students brought home 43 awards in all, including First Place for Overall Excellence for Newspaper Division 4, as well as Sweepstakes for Newspaper Division 4, Sweepstakes for Online Division 4, and Best of Show for Newspaper Division 3, during the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) conference April 3-6 in Fort Worth. 


In addition, judges named Editor in Chief Taylor Griffin as Reporter of the Year for Division II. Griffin also received a scholarship during the ceremony. 

The students placed in an array of categories from design and layout, to news and sports feature writing, to photography and online multimedia packages.



"I am proud of my students who showed that TJC is preparing them with the tools to succeed in a an ever-changing news business," said Laura Krantz, TJC department chair of Communications & Student Media. "These students are the future of journalism, and it was exciting to see them use their talents to compete against two- and four-year schools from across Texas."



Awards the students received for previously published work were:



Newspaper: Division 4


First Place, Overall Excellence, Apache Pow Wow Staff


First Place, Special Section/Edition, Delaney Bentley, Taylor Griffin, Ani Umana, Belen Casillas, Carol Scott


First Place, Editorial, Apache Pow Wow Staff


First Place, Feature Page Design, Belen Casillas


First Place, News Photo, Adam Peterson


First Place, News Feature Story, Taylor Griffin


Second Place, Opinion/Editorial Page Design, Taylor Griffin


Second Place, Page One Design, Taylor Griffin


Second Place, Sports Feature Photo, Brandon Noble


Second Place, Sports Action Photo, Adam Peterson


Second Place, Sports Page Design, Yliana Crawford


Third Place, Critical Review, Taylor Griffin


Third Place, Information Graphic, Caitie Phillips


Third Place, In-Depth Reporting, Ashleigh Brents


Third Place, News Story, Taylor Griffin


Honorable Mention, Sports Action Photo, Adam Peterson


Honorable Mention, Editorial, Apache Pow Wow Staff


Honorable Mention, Picture Story, Belen Casillas


Honorable Mention, Sports Feature Story, Ani Umana


Honorable Mention, Ad Design, Charles Sanchez


Honorable Mention, Sports News Story, Delaney Bentley


Honorable Mention, Headlines, Taylor Griffin


Honorable Mention, Photo Illustration, Brandon Noble




Online: Division 4


First Place, Best Use of Multimedia Package, Delaney Bentley & Brandon Noble


First Place, Best Slide Show, Hannah Johnson


First Place, Best Interactivity, Ashleigh Brents


First Place, Best Video, Ashleigh Brents
Second Place, Best Video, Brandon Frisby


Second Place, Best Slide Show, Bobby Burke


Second Place, Best Interactivity, My TJC News


Second Place, Best Breaking News, Taylor Griffin, Ashleigh Brents & Brandon Noble


Third Place, Best Breaking News, Brandon Noble


Honorable Mention, Best Use of Multimedia Package, Desmond Brooks & Brandon Noble


Broadcast: Open Division


Second Place, Radio Sportscast, Ashleigh Brents


Third Place, News Non-Feature Story, Ashleigh Brents


Honorable Mention, TV Documentary, Dan Ryan


Honorable Mention, TV Audition Tape, Ashleigh Brents


Honorable Mention, TV Spot Commercial or PSA, Taylor Griffin




On-site Contests: Open Division


First Place, TV Advertising, Jacob Spadie

Honorable Mention, TV News, Brandon Frisby



The Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) consists of member public and private community colleges and four-year universities in Texas that teach journalism or have existing or planned student publications. The annual awards honor excellence in student media. Forty-three schools and 421 delegates attended the annual conference in Fort Worth.

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