UNT Mayborn School students recognized in TIPA, SPJ awards competitions

Friday, April 8, 2016 - 14:03

DENTON (UNT), Texas -- Students in the University of North Texas' Frank W. and Sue Mayborn School of Journalism received a total of 26 awards in the recent Texas Intercollegiate Press Association awards competition.

Faculty and students from the Mayborn School also received four first-place awards in this year's Society of Professional Journalists Region 8 Mark of Excellence Awards competition.
TIPA originated in 1909 and has become one of the nation's oldest and largest collegiate press associations. The association offers awards for more than 25 on-site contests at its annual conference, and also gives awards to pre-submitted entries in the general magazine, radio, television, online media, yearbook, literary magazine and newspaper categories.

UNT students won three awards and three honorable mentions in the on-site contests during TIPA's 2016 conference March 31-April 2. The winners are:

  • Newspaper design: Nicholas Friedman, first place
  • Print sports writing: Scott Sidway, third place
  • Critical review: Harrison Long, third place

For pre-submitted entries, the staff of the North Texas Daily, UNT's student newspaper, received a second-place award for overall excellence among newspapers competing in Division 2 of the TIPA competition. Other awards won by staff members of the NT Daily are:

  • Online blog, Division 2: NT Daily staff, first place
  • Overall excellence, Division 2: NT Daily staff, second place
  • Editorial writing, Division 2: NT Daily staff, second place
  • Use of online mapping, Division 2: Eline de Bruijn and Alex Helm, second place
  • Interactive graphic, Division 2: Eline de Bruijn and Alex Helm, third place
  • Special edition section for UNT's 125th anniversary: Hannah Lauritzen, third place
  • Feature story: Matt Payne, third place
  • News feature story: Matt Payne, third place
  • Sports page design: Hannah Lauritzen, third place

Student staff members on both NTDaily Radio, which provides podcasts of daily local news, interviews, stories on special topics and sports programs, and NTDaily TV, which offers newscasts, sports talk shows and community affairs shows on the city's public access channel Denton Community TV, were also recognized in the TIPA competition. The awards are:

  • Public affairs program on NTDaily Radio: Faye Darku and Alcynna Lloyd, first place
  • Public service announcement on NTDaily TV: Breanna Arthur, first place

In addition, UNT student staff members of the 2015 edition of Mayborn Magazine, which is published annually to showcase nonfiction writers who were speakers at the previous year's Mayborn Literary Nonfiction Conference, were recognized with four TIPA awards and two honorable mentions. The awards are:

  • Column essay: Adrian O'Hanlon III, first place
  • Overall excellence: The staff of Mayborn Magazine, second place
  • Feature story: Michelle Leone, second place
  • News feature story: Nathan Battaglia, third place

In the 2015 Society of Professional Journalists Region 8 Mark of Excellence awards competition, whose judges include professional and student journalists in Oklahoma and Texas, Mayborn Magazine was named the Best Student. The competition also recognized a student who contributed to the 2015 issue of the magazine, as well as students who created stories as part of the Mayborn School's Heart of Mexico study abroad program.

In the Region 8 awards, the Mayborn School's the Heart of Mexico study abroad program received first place for Online In-Depth reporting. The program, directed by Thorne Anderson, UNT associate professor of journalism, and Lenin Martell, a faculty member at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico's School of Political and Social Sciences, takes students and faculty from UNT and the Autonomous University to a small town in Mexico for one month of multimedia storytelling. The students' work is archived online.
Individual students who received first place awards in the Region 8 competition are:

  • Non-Fiction Magazine Article: Clinton Crockett Peters
  • Online Feature Reporting: Tyler Cleveland, Danielle Garcia and Laura Jarriel

First-place winners will move on to the national Mark of Excellence Awards competition, where they will be judged against winners from the other 11 SPJ regions. The national winners will be announced in late spring.