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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