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TJC Students Win 43 Awards at State Journalism Conference

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