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DMC student journalists mark banner awards season

Article by: Melinda Eddleman

Del Mar College’s (DMC) student journalists with the student newspaper Foghorn and magazine Siren showed their competitive spirit this spring, bringing home 33 awards overall. Competition included those held by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ and the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) in March as well as the American Advertising Federation-Corpus Christi (AAF-CC) chapter’s ADDYs Awards student competition in February.

“Our students have been on a roll this awards season,” says Scott Beckett, journalism lab advisor with the College’s journalism program in the Communications, Languages and Reading Department.

SPJ’s Mark of Excellence competition and Region 8 conference was held in Stephenville, Tx., March 23 with two- and four-year institutions from Oklahoma and Texas with 10,000-plus enrollments vying for the top prizes.

Beckett noted, “We had our best showing ever for this contest. We were nominated for six awards, won two and were finalists in the other four; so now, the two winners will go on to compete at the national level in September.”

Results for the six SPJ Mark of Excellence awards include:Cat Herndon, winner of General News Photography and finalist of Breaking News ReportingColby Farr, winner of Nonfiction Magazine ArticleCharlie Blalock, finalist of General News PhotographyJaylyn Garcia, finalist of Sports PhotographyStaff, finalist of Best Student Magazine


TIPA held their conference in Corpus Christi March 13-15 with Del Mar College serving as host to 28 other colleges and universities participating during “live” and “previously-published” contests and workshops. Over 270 students and advisors attended.

DMC students tied a Foghorn record and won 10 first-place TIPA awards among the 24 awards earned overall. Results for individual students include: Elizabeth Acevedo, honorable mention for TV Advertising (Live Contest); Charlie Blalock, third place for Breaking News Photo; Colby Farr, first place for Feature Story; Jaylyn Garcia, second place for Photo Story; Sam Gutierrez, honorable mention for Ad Design; Diana Hamilton, honorable mention for General News Story; Cat Herndon, first place for Cartoon Strip/Panel and Cover Design-Literary Magazine; second place for Feature Page Design; and honorable mention for Overall Excellence-Literary Magazine and General News Photo; Emily Jasso, first place for Illustration; second place for Editorial Cartoon (live contest); and third place for Editorial Cartoon (Previously Published); Josselyn Obregon, first place for Sports Action Photo and Spanish News Story; and Matthew Tamez, first place for Interactive Graphic.

TIPA awards given to the Foghorn Staff include first place for Best of Show, Editorial Writing and In-depth Multimedia Package; third place for In-depth Reporting, Newspaper Cover Design and Overall Design Website; and honorable mention for Headlines.

Students also entered work as part of the annual AAF-CC chapter-level ADDYs competition and won three awards. Results for those entries are Cat Herndon, winner of both Gold and Silver Awards for Still Photography, and Julieta Hernandez, winner of the Bronze Award for Still Photography.

SIDEBAR: Competitions and Awards Earned in Fall 2018

DMC students also competed during fall 2018 during the Associate Collegiate Press conference held in Louisville, Ky., with competition for previously-published work from two-year colleges across the nation. Awards were given as follows: Julieta Hernandez coming in second as Two-Year College Reporter of the Year and Staff coming in fifth for Best of Show.

Fall competition also include the Texas Community College Journalism Association conference held at Texas A&M University-Commerce. Students won 13 awards, including: Charlie Blalock, second for News Photo; Ben Cassels, third for Comic Strip or Panel; Brittany Claramunt, honorable mention for News Writing; Emily Jasso, honorable mentions for Editorial Cartoon and Non-photographic Illustration; Natalie Murphy, honorable mentions for Column Writing and Feature Photography; Josselyn Obregon, honorable mention for Sports Photo; Stephanie Ruelas, second for Comic Strip or Panel; and Staff, first for Investigative Reporting; second for Headlines (Previously Published) and Headlines (Live Contest); and honorable mention for Multimedia Package.

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