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WTAMU Students Win TIPA Awards

April 22, 2014

CONTACT:  Kim Bruce, 806-651-2817, kbruce@wtamu.edu

WTAMU Students Win TIPA Awards

CANYON, Texas—Students majoring in mass communication at West Texas A&M University earned 20 awards at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association’s annual conference April 11-12 in San Antonio. Dr. Butler Cain, assistant professor of communication and Prairie adviser, won TIPA Adviser of the Year, the first such designation for WTAMU in more than 30 years.Dr. Butler Cain

In the on-site competition in San Antonio against students from about 50 colleges and universities throughout Texas, WT students won three awards. Tori Stone won an honorable mention for Magazine Design; Tori Dinkfeld won an honorable mention for Television Writing, and Alyssa Bonner won honorable mention for PR News Release Writing. 

In contests involving material published in 2013, students working on the staffs of The Prairie, Eternal Flame magazine and KWTS-91.1 took home 20 certificates in various categories. This total represented the most TIPA awards ever won for the group of mass communication students.

The group earned first-place awards including Kelton Wiens in Best Blog, Online Division 2; and Preston Thomas, Georgia Romig, Ernesto Arizpe, Gabriel Silvas, Edgar Fonesca and Shannon McKown for Best Recurring Podcast, Online Division 2.
 In second place, students Megan Moore, Luke Ware and Cheyenne Black won for Best Breaking News Package, Division 2; Chris Brockman won for Best Interactive Graphic, Online Division 2; and Amber Moore won for Commercial, PSA, Television.

In third place, students Chris Brockman won for Best Interactive Graphic, Online Division 2; Kelton Wiens and Joseph Stiles won for Sports Feature Story, Television; and Courtney Anderson won for News Feature Story, Television.

Honorable mentions included Tori Dinkfeld for Feature Story, General Magazine; George Lozano for Cover Design, General Magazine; Ashley Hendrick, Alex Montoya and Kati Watson, for News Story, Newspaper Division 3; Daniela Fierro and Megan Moore for Best Interactivity, Online Division 2; Koehler Wendt, Kelton Wiens and Zach Barnes for Commercial, PSA, Radio; and Brevan Pritchett, Zach Sparkman and Koehler Wendt for Sportscast, Radio. Eternal Flame won Overall Excellence for General Magazine.

Attending the TIPA convention were student media members Tyler Anderson, Cheyenne Black, BJ Brittain, Alyssa Bonner, Chanelle Davis, Tori Dinkfeld, Jenna Harrison, Laci McGee, Natalia Molina, Megan Moore, Ana Quinoes, Tori Stone and Preston Thomas, along with advisers Butler Cain and Kim Bruce.

“Students are still talking about what they learned and want to accomplish working in the student and professional media after this conference,” Cain said. “We were thrilled with their enthusiasm and professionalism in competition, sessions and the awards ceremony. I feel certain their experiences will help prepare them for important roles in journalism.”

Daniela Fierro, a student Prairie staff member who was studying in Ukraine for the last nine months, presented “Ukrainian Upheaval: A Student’s View, Experience” during one of the TIPA sessions.


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