Mass Comm Students Receive Statewide Recognition

Mass Comm Students Receive Statewide Recognition

SAN ANTONIO — At the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association convention April 10-12, four Midwestern State University mass communication students placed in on-site competitions and MSU placed second place overall in previously submitted material with awards in 27 categories.

The eight MSU students who attended competed in 22 different on-site competitions, everything from print news writing to editorial cartoon to television advertising, and attended some of the 32 sessions offered on topics such as computer-assisted reporting, women in the media, and working with police officers.

"TIPA is a great way to meet peers and professionals involved in media," Ethan Metcalf, editor for The Wichitan and senior in mass communication, said. "The on-site competitions are an exciting way to learn."

Jasmine Jones, a reporter for Campus Watch and senior in mass communication, said, "This was my second year attending TIPA and each year outdoes the previous. The contests are a great way to see where you stand. The great thing about this field is that you can do so much with your degree. And how you can let your voice be heard was one of the takeaways from TIPA."

More than 500 students from nearly 50 schools attended the annual conference as did Jim Sernoe, interim dean of the Lamar D. Fain College of Fain Arts and president of TIPA, and Bradley Wilson, director of student media at MSU. Sernoe taught a session on media law, "FERPA, Open Records and everything elseà" and Wilson taught two sessions: "Boston Marathon bombing: Lessons in photo ethics" and "Design trends in print media."

"I really enjoyed the learning experiences," Bailey Pitzer, designer for The Wichitan and sophomore in art, said. "I feel like I learned a lot."

Eddie Miller, a reporter for The Wichitan and senior in mass communication, said, "TIPA was a great experience. I was able to meet students from different schools and network. The speakers I went to see did an excellent job."

Lauren Roberts, photography editor for The Wichitan and continuing student in mass communication, said, "The convention is a great way to meet students from different schools. The workshops reinforced some of the things we were taught in class but at the convention we were given a more detailed and different perspective."

In addition to the on-site competitions at the convention, TIPA recognized the senior documentaries produced as part of the class taught by Jim Gorham, and work published last year as part of Campus Watch or The Wichitan in the contests for previously submitted work. TIPA totals the points earned in each of those for the overall excellence competition.

For more information, contact Wilson at (940) 397-4797.

ON-SITE COMPETITOINS

Jasmine Jones, second place, radio announcing

Eddie Miller, third place, television advertising

Ethan Metcalf, third place, critical review

Courtney Betts, honorable mention, yearbook design

PREVIOUSLY SUBMITTED MATERIAL

Staff, second place, overall excellence

Megan Fernandez, first place, in-depth reporting, "Emphasis on Conservation"

Orlando Flores Jr., first place, critical review, "Timberlake"

Hanwool Lee and Ruth Black, first place, picture story, "An Original Rodeo"

Damian Atamenwan, Samantha Barba, Regan Benabides, Alexis Elder, Antuan Jeffery, second place, television production, "The Greatest Town on Earth"

Raisa Charles, Andre Gonzalez, Karston Perry, Madison Zenk, second place, television public affairs reporting, "Up in Arms"

Sam Croft, second place, single subject presentation design, "New Filtration System"

Brittney D'Alesandro, Megan Fernandez, second place, special section, "the drought"

Orlando Flores Jr., second place, feature page design, "Timberlake Returns"

Orlando Flores Jr., second place, sports column, "Take a Chance on Baseball"

Eddie Miller, second place, news feature story, "Undergrad Research"

Lauren Roberts, second place, sports feature photo, "Football Coach"

Lauren Roberts, Orlando Flores Jr., second place, sports page design, "Swing For The Cure"

Staff, third place, editorial, "Let's talk"

Ruth Black, third place, sports feature story, "Tennis Coach"

Caden Burross, third place, general column, "Drivers: Move Over"

Sam Croft, third place, informational graphic, "Student fees"

Orlando Flores Jr., third place, sports news story, "Year of the Mustang"

Gillian Jones, third place, television news feature story, "Big Brothers Big Sisters"

Bailey Pitzer, third place, feature pages design, "The Guardians"

Damian Atamenwan, Samantha Barba, Regan Benabides, Alexis Elder, Antuan Jeffery, honorable mention, documentary television, "The Greatest Town on Earth"

Damian Atamenwan, Samantha Barba, Regan Benabides, Alexis Elder, Antuan Jeffery, honorable mention, television public affairs reporting, "The Greatest Town on Earth"

Johnny Blevins, honorable mention, editorial cartoon, "Let Me Decide To Smoke"

Raisa Charles, Andre Gonzalez, Karston Perry, Madison Zenk, honorable mention, documentary television, "Up in Arms"

Ethan Metcalf, honorable mention, opinion/editorial page design, "MSU Needs Campus Daycare"

Lauren Roberts, honorable mention, sports action photo, "Soccer"

Landry Russell, honorable mention, television sports non-feature story, "Economic Impact of MSU Baseball."

Photo info

MSU Mass Communication students at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association convention in San Antonio. From back left are Mandi Elrod, Eddie Miller, Brooke Long, Jim Sernoe (Mass Comme Chair), Ethan Metcalf, Jasmine Jones, Lauren Roberts, and Bradley Wilson (adviser). From front left are Courtney Betts and Bailey Pitzer. 

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