Texan News Service staff awarded for in-depth reporting at SPJ conference

Texan News Service reporters were awarded with first place for in-depth, online reporting in the Society of Professional Journalists Region 8 Mark of Excellence contest, beating colleges from across Texas and Oklahoma.

The winning package included several stories centering around sexual assault on Tarleton’s campus. This compiled stories that looked at what attributes to the underreporting of sexual assaults on college campuses, a Tarleton athlete accused of sexual assault that received a light sentence and the personal story of Tarleton student that was a victim of sexual assault.

This package will now go on to compete at the national level.


Texan News Service Managing Editor Bethany Kyle accepts Cross Timbers Trails’ award for being a finalist for Best Magazine.
(Cassidy Horn, Texan News Service)

Students with bylines on the stories were Megan Kramer and Katie Gibbs. Additional contribution came from Breezey Clark, Monét Gerald, Houston Hall, Nathan Henderson, Mark Mallory, Caleb McCaig, Trevor Peele, McCoy Renfro, Ian Troub, Kiley Widmann and Alyssa Winn.

Texan News also had finalists in other categories of the contest, including a feature by Monet Gerald, Alyssa Winn and Houston Hall on the history of segregation in the West End cemetery in Stephenville and an in-depth story by Caleb McCaig about executive pay raises on campus.

The staff of Cross Timbers Trails was a finalist in the Best Magazine category.

To read the stories in the winning in-depth reporting package, click the links below:

Why is sexual assault so under-reported?

Former Tarleton basketball player remains in jail after violating probation

‘A part of me died that day’


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