Tarleton students win 12 first-place awards at 2019 TIPA contest

Tuesday, March 26, 2019

STEPHENVILLE, Texas — Tarleton State University journalism and broadcasting students won a record 12 first-place awards at the 2019 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Conference in Corpus Christi. Among these awards Texan News won Overall Excellence for Newspaper and Overall Excellence Television Program.

First-place award winners were Quanecia Fraser for multimedia feature and feature news video, Blanca Izqueirdo and Katelyn Rivera for Spanish language broadcast and Mekenzie Garza for in-depth reporting.  

The Texan News staff also won first and second for general news multimedia. Diana Valdez, Ashley Inge and Fraser, won first place in in-depth multimedia, and Brittany Upshaw won second in the category.  

Fraser won first and second place in the breaking news category, and Shelby Clayton placed third.

A story written by Lorynne Benavides, Caitlyn Billups, Haley Fanley, Emily Dempster, Arlette Giles, Shelia Harris, Taylor Holbert, Andrew Hopkins, Haley Ivey, Kelbi Hyles and Ashley Willits won first in the general news category.

Arynn Tomson won honorable mention in the open division story package design magazine and for a feature story.

Other awards: third-place critical review won by Chris Gibbens, second-place general news video for Fraser and Joel Leach, third in multimedia sports story by Briana Tucker and second in sports column by Channing Flatt. The staff won second in the editorial category.

Tarleton student newspaper, The J-TAC, and yearbook, The Grassburr, were also winners at the conference.

J-TAC honorees are Bailey Rae Poer, who claimed third-place honors for her sports column, “Lone Star,” and Klaire Brock and Madison White, whose story, “Fearless” earned honorable mention.

Additionally, the newspaper brought home honorable mentions for cover design for its Sept. 12 issue, and special design for the “Dummies Guide” edition.

TheGrassburr staff earned honorable mentions for its “All Those That Wander” feature page design, the “Quack Attack” inside news page, and overall design.

Tarleton, founding member of The Texas A&M University System, provides a student-focused, value-driven education marked by academic innovation and a dedication to transform today’s scholars into tomorrow’s leaders. It offers degree programs to more than 13,000 students at Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Midlothian, RELLIS Academic Alliance in Bryan, and online, emphasizing real-world learning experiences that address societal needs while maintaining its core values of tradition, integrity, civility, excellence, leadership and service.

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A founding member of The Texas A&M System, Tarleton State is breaking records — in enrollment, research, scholarship, athletics, philanthropy and engagement — while transforming the lives of more than 16,000 students in Stephenville, Fort Worth, Waco, Bryan and online. True to Tarleton’s values of excellence, integrity and respect, academic programs emphasize real world learning and address regional, state and national needs.