Texan News Service shines at state conference
By Ashley Ford—
Texan News Service staffers made their first appearance at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association, or TIPA, this weekend and left with their hands full. TNS walked away with 17 awards overall within the newspaper, general magazine, television and online categories.
Staffers won first place in competitions for sports news story, general news photo and best breaking news video.
TNS entered content from the previous school year, with stories, photos and videos about Confederate flag controversies, outstanding basketball and volleyball seasons, the kinesiology department making history and the disturbing trial of Eddie Ray Routh.
The views TNS gets on these stories say a lot, but it is also extremely rewarding to receive recognition from a panel of judges in a room full of hundreds of other student journalists from around the state.
The team of TNS has pulled all-nighters, put themselves in outside-of-the-box situations and traveled states away to get the stories worth going the extra mile for.
For the newspaper category, TNS placed second in “overall excellence” and second an ad design.
Former art director Sara Gann placed second for the “illustration” of the graphic of the Chris Kyle trial timeline. Brandi Addison, a communications student, placed third in the “news feature” category for her article about the kinesiology department’s program that helps people walk.
Harley Brown, previous sports editor and current Cross Timbers Trails magazine editor-in-chief, placed second in both “sports feature” and “sports news” for her article over the young sophomores that lead the volleyball team and the exhibition game against UT. Travis Smith, another previous sports editor and current managing editor of the Glen Rose Reporter, placed first in sports news for the article about the growing success of Tarleton’s women’s golf team.
TNS also received honorable mention for editorial page design for the newspaper. Bethany Kyle, previous editor-in-chief of TNS and current broadcasting services coordinator for Granbury TV, received honorable mention for “general column” about how competition is healthy.
For the magazine category, Cross Timbers Trails placed third in overall excellence.
In the television category, the team behind Texan Entertainment News, Justin Pack, Jack Cochran, Keauno Perez and Amiee Nash received honorable mention for production.
In the online category, Texan News placed second for the live blog about the trial of Eddie Ray Routh that had over 70,000 views. Issac Foster, Justin Pack and Alejandra Arreguin placed first for best breaking news video for Texas v. Routh.
TNS will keep motivating staffers and students to keep raising the bar for semesters to come. TNS is proud of the results of the contest and plan for more to come.