WTAMU Students Win at TIPA Conference

April 16, 2018

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

WTAMU Students Win at TIPA Conference


CANYON, Texas—Media Communication students at West Texas A&M University took first place in three specific categories at Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) conference March 24 in Dallas.

Eternal Flame’s Gavin Nesbitt, a 2017 graduate, placed first for his campus icon design in the Feature Photo section.

“The photographer captured the subject with pure, raw emotion,” one of the judges wrote about his first-place artifact.

Chase Mardis, senior broadcast electronic media major, and Mollie Burtch, junior public relations and advertising/applied communication major, placed first for their work with Eternal Flame in the Cover Design General category.

“We were pleasantly surprised when we found out our fall cover won best design. Molly and I spent a lot of time trying to get everything just the way we liked it so getting first has meant the world to us,” said Mardis, who also received an honorable mention for his work in Environmental Portrait.

Burtch submitted work with fellow student Jacie Youngblood and placed first in the Story Package Design Magazine category.

The Prairie editor, Nick Alvarado, senior broadcast electronic media major, placed second for his football submission in the Sports Action Photo and Sports Feature Photo. Alvarado also competed individually on-site in the Radio News Writing contest and received an honorable mention.

Eternal Flame’s Ashley Sandlin and Keli Lee placed second for their work in the Overall Excellence General Magazine category. Lee also paired up with Sarah Young, junior public relations and advertising applied communication major, for third place in Story Package Magazine Design. Lee and Sandlin took third place in Cover Design General Spring 2018 category.

The Prairie’s Allie Smith, senior broadcast journalism major, placed third with her submission of Pep Band in the Sports Column category. Mardis, Liz Moore, junior public relations and advertising applied communication major, and Alex Kypfer, junior broadcast electronic media major, competed in on-site contests throughout the conference. Mardis and Moore both placed third in their contests and Kypfer earned honorable mentions for both contests.

Tova Kibal, junior broadcast journalism major and member of The Prairie staff, attended TIPA for the first time.

“I think the conference prepared me for the future by providing such inspirational and smart lecturers. It’s always valuable and inspiring to speak to people who are where you wish to be in the future” Kibal said.

Students from more than 80 universities from the state of Texas submitted original work to the competition.



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