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A&M-Commerce Wins Big at TIPA with Ten Awards

The Journalism building on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce.
TAMUC File Photo
The Journalism building on the campus of Texas A&M University-Commerce, which also houses the corporate office of TIPA.

Fifteen students representing the A&M-Commerce student newspaper, The East Texan, won ten on-site contest awards at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) Conference, which took place in Dallas on March 21-24. The ten awards were a program best and the contestants finished the conference with second place in their division for ‘Best of Show.’

More than 500 attendees represented 43 colleges and universities at the conference, participating in 30 on-site contests and 65 workshops conducted by media professionals and faculty advisers from across Texas.

“Our students were in competition with students from institutions across the state and displayed confidence and skills necessary to compete on this high level,” said Fred Stewart, Student Publications Advisor and Executive Director of TIPA. “It shows our students worked very hard to achieve these goals and earn this recognition.”

TIPA is the oldest state collegiate press association in the nation, and has grown to become one of the largest and most well-respected collegiate groups in the country. During the annual convention, students participate in magazine, radio, television, online, yearbook, and newspaper contests.

The East Texan newspaper alumni who presented workshops included: Caleb Slinkard, editor, Norman (Okla.) Transcript editor; Amy Alexander, PR director, Richardson Chamber of Commerce; and Rick Mann, newspaper editor.

East Texas State alumni were well represented with Gentry Little, radio play-by-play broadcaster. Robert Muilenburg, adviser at Del Mar College, was elected faculty vice president of TIPA. Mandy Smith, faculty adviser for The Eagle Newspaper at Northeast Texas Community College, was awarded Overall Excellence in their division.

TIPA also held workshops during the conference featuring distinguished guests from the Dallas Metroplex press who presented workshops including: Mike Wilson, editor of The Dallas Morning News; Stella Chavez of KERA; Tom Fox, a Pulitzer Prize photographer, and more, including speakers from FOX4 in Dallas, WFAA in Dallas, the Houston Chronicle, ESPN, the Frisco RoughRiders, Dallas Observer, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, and the Dallas Business Journal.

2018 A&M-Commerce TIPA Winners 

2nd                 B.J. Laudermilk                           Radio Announcing - English

3rd                  Keila Whitaker                           News Photo

HM                  Christian Aleman                       News Writing - Spanish

1st                   Todd Kleiboer                             Headlines

2nd                 Brittany Beans                             PR Crisis Management

HM                  Kylah Roach                                PR Release Writing

2nd                 Eva Morales                                       Radio Announcing - Spanish

1st                   Ricky Moser                                 Radio News Writing

3rd                  Ricky Moser                                 TV Sports Writing

2nd                 Eva Morales                           TV Announcing – Spanish


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