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North Lake Journalism Students Win Big

Students receive TIPA awards in newspaper, literary magazine, and televisionTIPA group
IRVING, Texas- North Lake College (NLC) was one of seventy-five colleges to compete in the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) “Previously Published/Broadcast Contest” April 10-12 in San Antonio. Competing in Division 5, North Lake took home 30 awards in the Newspaper, Literary Magazine, and Television categories.
The North Lake College journalism program has a long history of success at TIPA. In 2013 the campus newspaper, News-Register, brought home the coveted “Sweepstakes Award,” and in 2012 the campus paper won TIPA’s first place in “Overall Excellence.” This year the News-Register, won TIPA first place in six categories: Feature Page, Headline, In-depth Reporting, Special Section, Editorial Cartoon and News Story.
The News-Register Editor-in-Chief is Grant V. Ziegler and the Student Publications Manager is Kathleen Stockmier. “The competition was really tough this year,” explains Stockmier, “but our students came away with a terrific convention experience and some more great awards to hang on the newsroom’s wall.”
The community college also won six Literary Magazine awards for its annual publication, Duck Soup. Featuring student poetry, essays, short stories, photography, computer graphics, and artwork, Duck Soup won first place in Short Story for student Shauna Fergusson’s entry “Nymph.” Video Technology students Chris Glasse and Raymon Montoya’s documentary “Out of Touch” as well as Gary Kuneman and Matt Hibbard’s production “The Story of Ray Barnes” both received third place awards in Television.
North Lake College journalism professor Joanna Cattanach was one of two faculty advisors to travel to the TIPA Convention with the students and staff. Cattanach says she is happy to see the journalism program’s continued growth, saying, "We are so proud of all the students who competed in live competitions at the TIPA conference, and we are proud of those students whose work helped contribute to the many awards our students were able to bring back to North Lake. The North Lake College journalism program continues to thrive and grow in new areas. We are expanding our journalism course offerings in the fall, and we are excited about the growth of our current journalism students and the addition of new, budding journalists."
Founded in 1909, TIPA is the nation’s oldest collegiate press association. A recognized media outlet, TIPA reaches out to both two and four year public and private universities. TIPA Executive Director Fred Stewart believes the organization is a valuable resource for Texas, noting, “[We] bring all of the college media, large and small, together so students can make new friends, learn from professional journalists…and make contacts.”
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