Student journalists from Tarleton State University’s Department of Student Publications and the Department of Communication Studies’ Texan News Service brought home 38 awards from last weekend’s annual Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) Conference in Dallas.
The Grassbur, Tarleton’s yearbook, won 14 awards for its 2015 publication, including honorable mention in overall excellence.
Additional awards included first place for a word and photo section on people and for one on student organizations; second place for sports, academics copy, information graphic and sports feature photo; and multiple third-place accolades and honorable mentions.
The JTAC News, Tarleton’s official student newspaper, earned seven awards at the TIPA conference, including second place for news feature story. Additionally, JTAC News took first place for sports column; second place for information graphic; third place for news story and opinion/editorial page design; and several honorable mentions.
Texan News Service, a learning-laboratory in the College of Liberal & Fine Arts’ Department of Communication Studies, garnered 17 awards, including second place for overall excellence among Division 5 Newspapers.
The on-campus news agency received first place accolades for general news photo, sports news story and breaking news video; second place for sports news story, illustration (non-photo), ad design, sports action photo, and best blog; third place for news photo; and multiple honorable mentions.
Tarleton’s student journalists competed with two- and four-year universities and colleges from across the state with similar size publications.
During the TIPA conference, students also had the opportunity to compete in on-site contests. The JTAC News’ Savannah Baxter received honorable mention for on-site news photo, and Heather Capps earned honorable mention for on-site TV announcing (English).
“Our students take pride in knowing they work to create two of Tarleton’s longest standing traditions, and it’s demonstrated through the recognition they received at TIPA,” said Caleb Chapman, director of Student Publications. “I’m consistently amazed by their dedication and hard work to produce such high-quality publications that serve to capture Tarleton history.”
2016 TIPA Conference awards include:
The Grassburr (Yearbook – Division 2)
People Spread with Mugshots Savannah Baxter
Organizations Hayleigh Rowland
Sports Elena Fajardo
Academics Copy Elena Fajardo
Information Graphic P.J. Mullen
Sports Feature Photo Allison Jeffers
Sports Action Photo Allison Jeffers
Organizations Kaitlyn Trei
Title Page Elena Fajardo
Sports Copy Audra Thomas
Overall Excellence Grassburr staff
End Sheets P.J. Mullen
Cover Design P.J. Mullen
Academics Savannah Baxter
JTAC News (Newspapers – Division 4)
Sports Column John Zanella
News Feature Story Chelsea Bradley
Information Graphic David Rutledge
News Story Chelsea Bradley
Opinion/Editorial Page Design David Rutledge
Sports News Story John Zanella
TV News Non-Feature Story Christopher Rust and Allison Price
Texan News Service (Newspapers – Division 5)
Sports News Story Travis Smith
Overall Excellence Texan News Staff
Sports News Story Harley Brown
Best Online Blog Texan News Staff
Illustration (non-photo) Sara Gann
Advertising Design Texan News Staff
Sports Action Photo Cameron Cook
News Photo Denise Harroff
Opinion/Editorial Page Design Texan News Staff
Page One Design Texan News Staff
General Column Bethany Kyle
Texan TV News (Television)
Breaking News Video Isaac Foster, Justin Pack and Alejandra Arreguin
TV Production Justin Pack, Jack Cochran, Keauno Perez and Aimee Nash
News Non-Feature Story Christopher Rust and Allison Price
Cross Timbers Trails Magazine – Texan News Service (General Magazines)
General News Photo Justin Pack
Overall Excellence Cross Timbers Trails Staff
The Grassburr yearbook was first published in 1916, and The JTAC made its debut in 1919. Digital archives are available through the Dick Smith Library database found at http://www.tarleton.edu/library/databases.html.