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Mass Comm Students Win Big At State Convention

April 23, 2013
SHSU Media Contact: Julia May
Story contact: Stephen Green, Debbi Hatton

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Mass Comm students at convention holding their trophy
Left to right: Debbi Hatton, Sophie Nelson, Lizzeth De La Garza, Trent Scott, Bryce Leasure, Jacquelin Villafranco, Kessler McLaughlin, Meghan Herring, Connor Hyde, Stephen Green, Misti Jones, Robin Johnson, Kassidy Turnpaugh, Monty Sloan, LeeAn Muns Submitted photo


Students from the Sam Houston State University Mass Communication Department won several awards earlier this month at the annual Texas Intercollegiate Press Association state convention in Fort Worth.

The group competed in more than 20 on-site competitions where they won the inaugural Director’s Trophy, which goes to the school that earns the most on-site competition points. This year’s convention was the first to feature such an award.

“We know SHSU has really good students but when they go into competitions like sports reporting or Spanish news and dominate the field, you realize how truly outstanding they are. I couldn't be more proud of each one of them,” Debbi Hatton, adviser for KSHU 90.5 the Kat, said. “Every mass communication department in the state wants to win this trophy, so we definitely have a target on our backs. Our response...bring it!”

“SHSU’s Mass Communication Broadcast students have become the students to beat at TIPA,” LeeAn Muns, mass communication broadcast general operations manager, said. “The other competitors know that our students work and train hard to succeed and perform at their peak. I couldn’t be more proud of all of our students. They have put Sam Houston State back on the map as the premier place to study mass communication.”

The students are members of SHSU student media: KSHU 90.5 The Kat, KSHU Channel 7 News, and the Houstonian student newspaper.

There were 489 students from 66 colleges and universities competing in the on-site contest. The only TIPA member schools not competing were University of Texas at Austin, Texas A&M University, Texas A&M - Prairie View and Texas Southern University.

Eleven students won an on-site award, which helped SHSU secure the sweepstakes award:

1st Place - Sports Writing for the Radio - Trent Scott
1st Place - Sports Writing for TV - Bryce Leasure
1st Place - Radio Advertising - Jacqui Villafranco
2nd Place - News Writing for TV - Bryce Leasure
2nd Place - Breaking News Video Package - Kessler McLaughlin
2nd Place - TV Advertising - Pete Petitti
2nd Place - Radio News Anchor - Meagan Herring
2nd Place - PR Press Release - Misti Jones
3rd Place - Editorial Cartoon - Kassidy Turnpaugh
3rd Place - Spanish Radio News Anchor - Jacqui Villafranco
HM (4th Place) - TV News Anchor - Stephen Green
HM (4th Place) - Feature News Photo - Connor Hyde
HM (4th Place) - Print News Writing - Jay Jordan

“Once again our journalism students faced a lot of great competition from universities all over Texas,” Robin Johnson, Houstonian adviser, said. “Winning the first Director’s Trophy for overall on-site competition excellence throws down the gauntlet for future competitions. We are the university to beat.”

The student media also submitted their work for Previously Published awards.
KSHU 90.5 the Kat won an award in every possible category, including radio documentary, feature story, production, public affairs, sportscast, public service announcing, spot news, and overall excellence.

KSHU Channel 7 news won five awards in documentary, audition tape, production, news feature, and sports feature.

The Houstonian won 10 awards for previously published in advertisement design, general column writing, sports column writing, non-photo illustration, in-depth reporting, information graphic, opinion page design, single-subject presentation, special edition (Election issue), sports column writing, and sports feature writing.

“There are several students who won multiple awards,” Johnson said. “Brandon Scott is a true talent at column writing. Stephen Green’s success with print, online and broadcast journalism and Misti Jones’ success at radio, print and public relations show that SHSU produces mass communication majors who will succeed at any opportunity that comes their way.”

“I’m so proud of the mass communication students,” Jean Bodon, chair of the mass communication department, said. “They have shown they are the best broadcast and print journalists in the state. We are striving to make that number one in the nation.”

Stephen Green, editor-in-chief of the Houstonian, was re-elected to his position as student president of the statewide organization. He served as president during the 2013 convention and as parliamentarian during the 2012 convention.

“It’s exciting to be able to not only attend TIPA as a student and a competitor, but as a leader that can make the convention that much better,” Green said. “I look forward to working with the other officers to get more student involvement and get more schools to convention next year.”

KSHU 90.5 The Kat is a student-run radio station that broadcasts five genres (classical, jazz, classic rock, college rock, and hip-hop) in HD. KSHU Channel 7 News broadcasts on Suddenlink on Wednesday nights at 5 p.m. The Houstonian is a student-run newspaper that publishes twice-weekly on Tuesday and Thursdays with a circulation of 2,000. All the student media are housed in the Dan Rather Communications Building in the mass communication department.

The next state convention will be held in San Antonio for both 2014 and 2015.



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