TVCC student journalists bring home top awards; 14 awards and 4 first-place wins
October 15, 2014
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The Trinity Valley Community College Student Media won 14 awards at the 2014 Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Texas Community College Journalism Association (TCCJA) convention October 10, hosted by the University of Texas at Tyler student media staff, the Talon Patriot.
The group won 11 previously published awards and three on-site awards. Shaimairah Jackson, a sophomore from Heartland, Texas, won first place in radio newswriting, and second-year student Bodey Cooper from Kemp, Texas finished first and newswriting and received honorable mention editorial writing. The live-action scenario was an on-campus bicycle accident.
“I’m excited that I won because I have received honorable mention in that category several times,” she said. “My goal this year was receive first or second place. I reached my goal; now I know I can do well in broadcast writing.”
Cooper, who joined the student-media staff this year, won an on-site award for headline writing at the state-wide competition (Texas Intercollegiate Press Association) in April.
“I was surprised about my win,” Cooper said. “I guess that hard work over the last half year has paid off. Hopefully, it will pay off even more at the bigger competition (TIPA).
This year’s on-site contest included news writing, television news writing, radio news writing, editorial writing, news photo, feature photo, copy editing and newspaper design.
“TVCC has one of the smallest student media staffs within our community college journalism association,” said Deidre Jones, TVCC’s student media adviser and instructor. “To win three on-site awards is a testament to all of the hard work the students have been doing this semester.
With two first-place wins, TVCC beat out students from bigger colleges like Dallas Community College, Tyler Junior College, Tarrant County Community College and Kilgore College.
“I try to put a lot of emphasis on writing in all of my classes,” Jones said. “It’s hard to prepare students for a breaking news story. We don’t have an abundance of those types of stories on our small campus. Two first-place writing awards is a big accomplishment for our staff.”
Out of the 11 previously published awards, TVCC brought home two first-place, second-place, and third-place wins and five honorable mention awards. The News-Journal’s website took home top honors out of Division II newspapers.
TVCC won the following awards.
|Bodey Cooper||News Writing (on-site)||1st|
|Shaimariah Jackson||Radio News Writing (on-site)||1st|
|Bodey Cooper||Editorial Writing (on-site)||Honorable Mention|
|Staff||Website (Division II)||1st|
|Tori Donald||Video Production||1st|
|Brad Douglas||Opinion Column||2nd|
|Shaimariah Jackson||Video News||3rd|
|Staff||Overall General Excellence in Newspaper (Division II)||HM|
|Bodey Cooper||Opinion Column||HM|
|Shaimariah Jackson||Audio News||HM|
|Shaimariah Jackson||Video News||HM|