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Journalism Students Win 49 Awards During TIPA Competition

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

Journalism students attending colleges and universities across the state put their talents to the test during the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) competition held recently in Dallas.

Del Mar College (DMC) journalism students who oversee and write for the College’s two student publications––the campus newspaper, Foghorn, and magazine, Siren––brought home 49 awards from TIPA’s annual spring competition and live contests. Over 450 students and 72 advisers attended this year, representing over 60 two- and four-year colleges and universities across the state.

In addition to the students’ accomplishments, journalism lab assistant Scott Beckett was named the 2018 TIPA Adviser of the Year while Collegiate High School student Mia Estrada was named Two-Year Reporter of the Year. She is the only dual credit student to win this award. Estrada has worked with the Foghorn as a reporter, editor, photographer and designer.

Among this year’s student accomplishments were 11 first place, 14 second place and 13 third place TIPA awards, along with 11 honorable mentions.

For the category Staff/Group, DMC students won first place for Headline Writing, Overall Design Newspaper and Special Edition Design; second place in Overal Website Design and Overall Web Excellence; third place in Overall Excellence Newspaper; and honorable mentions for Best of Show and Editorial.

The complete list of students and awards are as follows:

Shawn Bateman, third place for Cartoon Strip/Panel; Charlie Blalock, honorable mentions for News Photo (live contest) and Sports Action Photo (live contest); Brittany Claramunt, first place for Breaking News Video Story, second place for General News, third place for Multimedia Feature and General Column and honorable mention for In-Depth Reporting; Miguel Clement, third place for Radio News Writing (live contest); Mia Estrada, second place for Feature Story, third place for Short Feature Story and honorable mentions for Breaking News and Editorial Page Design; Colby Farr, first place for General News Multimedia Story; Jonathan Garcia, first place for Feature News Reporting Video, second place for Critical Review and honorable mention for General News Photo; Julieta Hernandez, second place for Two-Person Photo Essay (live contest) and honorable mention for General News; Emily Jasso, second place for TV advertising (live contest), Editorial Cartoon (live contest) and Editorial Cartoon; Marissa Lopez, first place for Feature Photo and third place for Photo Story; Michelle Mirelez, first place for Sports Action Photo and second place for Visual Reporting; Natalie Murphy, third place for Ad Design and Environmental Portrait and honorable mention for Photo Illustration; Josselyn Obregon, first place for Spanish Feature Story and Spanish News Story, second for Spanish Feature Story, Spanish News Story, Photo Illustration, Two-Person Photo Essay (live contest), third place for Spanish Feature Story and Spanish News Story and honorable mention for Spanish TV Announcing (live contest); and Mark Young, first place for General News and third place for Newspaper Design (live contest) and Print News Writing (live contest).

TIPA is the oldest collegiate press association in the nation and has grown into one of the largest and most respected collegiate groups in the country. Contests have grown from three initial competitions to contests in general magazine, radio, television, online, two divisions of yearbook, two divisions of literary magazine and four divisions of newspaper, plus more than a dozen on-site contests during their annual convention.

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