TJC brings home honors from journalism convention

Tyler Junior College students representing The DrumBeat and The Bell Tower student media organizations won 34 awards at this year’s Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) Conference. 

The conference took place in Corpus Christi in March. TIPA is the oldest state collegiate press associations in the nation. During its annual convention, students participate in multiple media contests, including radio, television, online, yearbook, magazine and newspaper. Students also attend workshops hosted by media professionals and interact with advisors from other colleges and universities.

“This year’s conference results provide more proof that Tyler Junior College sets the standard in media education,” said Rachel Jennische, professor and student media advisor. 

“These students have worked hard and can hold their own against students from any college or university. I am proud of their accomplishments and know this record of success is just the beginning of long and distinguished careers.”

Six students traveled to the spring break conference. TIPA contests are open to both two-year and four-year college students; this year, 29 Texas schools and more than 270 students participated in the multimedia conference.

On-site competition - Open Division
2nd place, Live Video News, Anna Graves, Tyler
Honorable Mention (HM), Print Advertising, Cecilia Kohl, Hanover Park, Illinois
HM, Newspaper Design, Hannah Horton, Tyler
HM, Print Sports Writing, Robert Naylor, Wassenaar, Netherlands

Previously Published – Open Division
HM, Overall Design-Literary Magazine, The Bell Tower

Previously Published - Division 3
2nd, Feature News Audio, Isaac Belota, Bullard
2nd, General Audio, Payton Sadler, Grand Saline
2nd, Advertising/PSA Audio, Isaac Belota, Bullard
1st, Advertising/PSA Video, DrumBeat Staff
3rd, Overall Television Program, DrumBeat Staff

Previously Published - Division 4
3rd, Feature Story, Hannah Horton, Tyler
1st, Headline Writing, Nicholas Kenebrew, Jasper
3rd, In-Depth Reporting, Brandon Highlander, Yantis
3rd, Op/Ed Page Design, DrumBeat Staff
1st, Program Production Video, Gerardo Morales, Tyler
2nd, Program Production Video, Jonathon Figueroa, Grand Saline
3rd, Program Production Video, Gerardo Morales, Tyler 
2nd, Overall Design, Newspaper, DrumBeat Staff
2nd, Sports Page Design, DrumBeat Staff
1st, Use of Data, Hannah Horton, Tyler
1st, Feature Photo, Riley Rogers
2nd, Illustration, Cecilia Kohl, Hannover Park, IL
3rd, Photo Story, Hannah Horton, Tyler
2nd, Sports Action Photo, Bella Mendiola, McKinney
1st, Feature News Video, Matthew Lucas, Lindale
3rd, Feature News Video, Andrew Lent, Marshfield, Missouri
3rd, General News Video, Anna Graves, Tyler
1st, In-Depth Audio, Andrew Lent, Marshfield, Missouri
2nd, In-Depth Audio, Adam Palacios, Tyler
1st, Multimedia Sports Story, Isiah Thornton, Seagoville
3rd, Multimedia Sports Story, Lucas Hallmark, Hawkins
2nd, Sportscast Video, Isiah Thornton, Seagoville
3rd, Sportscast Video, Cornelious Fields, Fort Worth
HM, Spanish Opinion Writing, Vanessa Olvera

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