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April 16, 2009

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

Student Newspaper Staff at UT Tyler Win TIPA Awards

Members of the Patriot Talon, the student newspaper at The University of Texas at Tyler, earned 20 awards from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association during the organization’s annual awards ceremony April 11 in Dallas, Dr. Alisa White, College of Arts and Sciences dean, announced.

The Talon earned a second place in overall points against 14 other Division 2 schools including the winner, Tarrant County College. This is the Talon’s first year to compete as a weekly newspaper.

Also for the first time, the Talon won two awards for its online news coverage including first place for the best breaking news story. Former editor in chief Allen Arrick and Web editor Raydene Crawford won that category for their coverage of Hurricane Gustav refugees on campus.

“These students really exceeded my expectations,” said Vanessa Curry, Patriot Talon adviser. “Since it is our first year in this higher division, I thought we would do well to be somewhere in the middle of the group. Placing second overall is quite an achievement.”

Points are given for top winners in various categories for writing, photography, page design and advertising. The entries were all published in the previous calendar year.

Students also competed in on-site contests April 9 at the convention. All students regardless of school enrollment compete as a group.

Senior journalism major Christy Grant placed second in the on-site news release writing contest.

In the previously published competition, Arrick led the team with seven individual awards. Those consisted of first place for feature photo, single subject presentation and sports page design; second place for informational graphic, photo illustration, page one design; and third place for editorial writing.

Other winners are:

• Ashlie Osburn — second place in-depth reporting.

• Melissa Greene — second place general column writing and honorable mention for news feature writing.

• Kyle Horst— second place sports action photo and honorable mention for critical review writing.

• Jeremy Cotham — honorable mention for sports feature writing.

• Christy Grant — honorable mention for sports feature photo.

• Travis Webb — honorable mention for general column writing.

• Adrienne Graham — third place advertising design.

As a staff, the Talon won honorable mention in the overall excellence category.

For more information, contact Curry, 903.565.5617 or vcurry@uttyler.edu.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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