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.”