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    SPC garners 16 awards at state press conference, competition


    LEVELLAND – Students from the mass communications program at South Plains College garnered 16 awards during the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) spring competition and convention, held recently at the Holiday Inn Emerald Beach Hotel in Corpus Christi.

    There were 481 participants representing 46 colleges and universities at this year’s convention. TIPA is the largest student press association in the nation.

    Members of the Plainsman Press have won 121 awards in the past eight years including 95 in Texas Intercollegiate Press Association contests and 26 in Texas Community College Journalism Association contests since 2004.

    Two students won awards after competing in live on-site contests. The Plainsman Press Associate Editor Tausha Rosen, sophomore public relations major from Lubbock, received Honorable Mention recognition in Editorial Cartoon contest. Febe Sabinas, sophomore broadcast journalism major from Lubbock, received Honorable Mention recognition in the Spanish News Writing contest.

    In the competition for previously-published material, the staff of the Plainsman Press placed third in the category of Overall Excellence, and placed second in Headline Writing.

    Also, Ellysa Gonzalez, former editor-in-chief, and Jennifer Harbin, former feature editor, placed first in the category of Single Subject Presentation for an article on the Lubbock area wine industry. Gonzalez placed second in General Column for a story she wrote on pursuing Sara Palin in Lubbock, and second place in Newspaper Ad Design. Harbin received Honorable Mention recognition for Sports News Story.

    Samantha Rodriguez, sophomore photojournalism major from Haskell and current editor-in-chief, placed third in Sports Feature Story, Sports Action Photo and Picture Story.

    Andrew Garvin, a sophomore photojournalism major from Snyder, placed third in News Story for a story he wrote on a suspected terrorist.

    Jayme Wheeler, sophomore photojournalism major from Levelland serving as entertainment editor, received Honorable Mention in the category of Feature Photo. Rosen received Honorable Mention recognition in Op/Ed Page Design. Gabby Perez, sophomore photojournalism major from Muleshoe serving as photo editor, received Honorable Mention for Sports Feature Photo. And, Joshua Harris, freshman advertising major from Idalou, received Honorable Mention for Photo Illustration.

    Also attending the convention and participating in live contests were: Ashley Richardson, freshman broadcast journalism major from Lubbock, participated in TV News Writing; Devin Hargrove, freshman English major from Lubbock, participated in Copy Editing; Nicholas Parkin, sophomore print journalism major from Lake Highlands, participated in Print Sports Writing; Michelle Bernal, sophomore broadcast major from Brownfield, participated in TV Announcing; Joseph Waggoner, sophomore broadcast journalism major from Lubbock, participated in Radio Announcing; Miranda Gonzales, sophomore photojournalism major from city, Pagosa Springs, Colo., participated in Feature Photography; Joanna Hernandez, freshman advertising major from Lubbock, participated in Print Advertising; and Lynda Bryant Work, photojournalism major from Morton, participated in News Writing and Newspaper Design.

    Rodriguez competed in News Photography and Two-Person Photo Essay with Perez, while Rosen competed in Critical Review. Wheeler competed in Feature Writing while Harris competed in Headline Writing and Editorial Writing. Perez also competed in Sports Action Photography. MiReyna Reyes, sophomore from Earth, attended the convention but did not compete.

    All students participating in the trip also attended workshops on various topics that were held in conjunction with the convention.

    Billy Alonzo, assistant professor of Radio, Television and Film, and Charles Ehrenfeld, assistant professor of Journalism, served as monitors and judges during the live on-site contests. Ehrenfeld also presided during the final meeting of his two-year term as president of the Texas Community College Journalism Association.



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