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May 20, 2014

A&M-Commerce students win awards at convention

COMMERCE — Six Texas A&M University-Commerce students won awards in the live competition portion of the 102nd convention of the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association in San Antonio.  

A&M-Commerce students also received twelve awards in various categories of competition judged by professional journalists from 20 states.  These categories are broken into divisions and include post-publication evaluations in such topics as print news reporting, radio news reporting, sports news, and photojournalism.

“We had the largest participation in the live news events than we’ve ever had before with 141 students,” said Fred Stewart, A&M-Commerce journalism faculty member and executive director of TIPA. “We tell students that they should be very pleased with themselves because of the competition they faced.”

Stewart said the live events competition is as close to real-life journalistic situations as possible.  The San Antonio Fire Department, for example, held a training that served as an exercise for student journalists to compete in writing, photographing, and filming the event. Students in sports attended a sports event, and critical review competitors saw a play or movie and prepared a review.

In the “live” events, journalism major Brandon Walker won second place in radio sports writing, journalism major Joseph Alderman received a third place award in editorial cartooning, radio-tv major Allison Drummond won honorable mention in radio advertising, radio-tv major Baylor Bendelle took second place in news video, radio-tv major Malcolm Hornsby won first place in television announcing, and photography major Arielle Karpinsky was awarded first place in the feature picture category.

Stewart said that participating in TIPA “is an excellent way to gauge their (students) skills against their peers” at other universities and colleges.

More than 500 students and advisers attended the convention, the third largest registration in TIPA history.  Seventy-two schools, representing both large campuses and smaller institutions, are members of TIPA.

TIPA was relocated to the A&M-Commerce campus in 2000, when the central office was moved from its original site at Texas State University (Southwest Texas State) to the Journalism Building in Commerce.   It is the oldest collegiate press association in America, having been founded in 1909.

The TIPA Hall of Fame, honoring outstanding professional journalists who attended universities in Texas, is on the first floor of the Journalism Building.      

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