Students win a record nine first-place awards at 2018 TIPA Conference

Tarleton State University journalism and broadcasting students won a record nine first-place awards at the 2018 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Conference in Dallas.

A contest judge praised Logan Allen and Emily Cowart’s winning television package about pay disparities between male and female professors.

The Texan News staff celebrates its awards from the recent TIPA conference.
(Front left to right) Arynn Tomson, Katelyn Rivera, Katy McQuillan, Nicolette Howe, Ashley Inge and Quanecia Fraser. (Back left to right) Blanca Izquierdo, Chris Gibbens, Joel Leach, Channing Flatt and Briana Busby. Photo by Kathryn Jones-Malone.

“This was the most ambitious and accomplished work….” the judge wrote. “Excellent and significant independent investigative research. Excellent chart, graphics, excellent historical research for context.”

Another judge called Arynn Tomson’s breaking news story about a false alarm of gunshots fired on Tarleton’s campus “a timely piece, considering shootings across the country. The story covered the bases of what happened, the panic it caused and, most of all what might be done better in the future to avoid scaring people.”

Tomson also won top awards for editorial cartooning and design of Cross Timbers Trails magazine.

Renee Warner won for her environmental portrait published in Cross Timbers Trails.

Quanecia Fraser and Ashley Inge won two first-place awards – one for a breaking news television package about a manhunt and another about the controversy over Confederate symbols.

The Texan TV staff and broadcast students won first place for overall excellence.

Advanced Reporting students Sydney Burns, Hilaree Foreman, Forrest Murphy, Haley Smith and Alejandra Arreguin, placed first for a semester-long project ranking  Texas’ 20 largest universities by the number of serious crimes on their campuses.

Students also won seven second-place awards, five third-place awards and three honorable mentions, bringing the total number of TIPA awards to 24.

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