WT Student Media Receives Awards at TIPA Convention


March 20, 2019

CONTACT: Dr. Nancy Garcia, 806-651-2414, ngarcia@wtamu.edu

WT Student Media Receives Awards at TIPA Convention

CANYON, Texas- West Texas A&M University’s student media received 12 awards from the Previously Published category, and earned one On-Site Contest award at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) convention.

Students involved in media organizations such as the Prairie and Eternal Flame submitted work completed during the spring and fall semesters in 2018 last December. The awards were announced at the annual TIPA convention held in Corpus Christi from March 13 to 16.

“We submitted our work back in in the fall semester and it made us all very excited to go through all of the work we are proud of,” Hannah Nelson, senior advertising/public relations major and the Prairie entertainment editor, said. “To learn that I won was an amazing surprise.”

Among the awards in the Division 4 were four first-place earned, two second-place, and four third-place. In addition, an honorable mention was earned.

“It’s very exciting to see the work I have done at the Prairie get recognized and rewarded,” Savannah Wesley, sophomore broadcast journalism major and the Prairie features editor, said. “The effort put into these pieces, and seeing that others recognize that effort is a reward within itself.”

The specific awards are as follows:

On-Site Competition 

  • Second place, radio announcing, Alex Kypfer

Competition for Previously Published Content 

  • First place, Blog, Alix Maza
  • First place, editorial, Jo Lowry
  • First place, static info graphic, Alaina Africano & Hailee Cox
  • First place, general news multimedia, Tova Kibal
  • Second place, ad campaign, Presley Matthews
  • Second place, use of data, Chase Brady & Anna Parsons
  • Second place, general news video, Savannah Wesley
  • Third place, critical review, Savannah Wesley
  • Third place, headline writing, Hannah Nelson
  • Third place, ad design static, Liz Moore
  • Third place, in-depth multimedia, Tova Kibal
  • Honorable Mention for Overall Excellence Television Program

About TIPA

TIPA, established in 1909, is the oldest state collegiate press association in the nation and has grown to be one of the largest and most respected collegiate groups in the country. Annual Previously Published contests include newspaper, general magazine, literary magazine, radio, television, yearbook and online. Deadline for entries submission is Dec. 23. Over 25 On-Site contests are conducted at the annual spring convention. For more information visit http://texasipa.org/  

About the Department of Communication

The Department of Communication at WTAMU is home to two undergraduate programs - communication studies and mass communication and a master’s program in communication. For more information, visit https://www.wtamu.edu/academics/communication.aspx