Special edition of The Ranger wins first place in statewide competition

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Managing editor Mandy Derfler and multimedia editor Daniel Carde won second place for two-person photo essay on -site competition at Texas Intercollegiate Press Association.

Managing editor Mandy Derfler and multimedia editor Daniel Carde won second place for two-person photo essay on -site competition at Texas Intercollegiate Press Association.

This special section for retiring President Robert Zeigler won first place in the TIPA awards.

This special section for retiring President Robert Zeigler won first place in the TIPA awards.

Managing editor and multimedia editor win in on-site contests at TIPA convention.

The Ranger won first place for a special edition at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association convention Saturday at El Tropicano Hotel downtown.

The special edition published April 24, 2014, paid tribute to retiring President Robert Zeigler. The Ranger staff created and produced the four-page, full-color section paid for by the college’s office of public relations.

The Ranger competed against student newspapers published once or twice weekly by the three other community colleges and nine four-year colleges with the largest enrollments.

In other awards for entries published in The Ranger in spring and fall 2014, multimedia editor Daniel Carde won second place in sports feature photo, illustrator Alexandra Nelipa won second place for editorial cartoon, and former illustrator Ansley Lewis won third place for information graphic.

Honorable mentions went to photo editor E. David Guel for news photo, video team member Neven Jones for general column, Carde for photo illustration, and Lewis for illustration.

The Ranger Online, which competed in Division 2 for online publications, won second place in best community engagement and best video package, which was produced by former video team member Robbin Cresswell.

The community engagement award was for promotions, such as an expanded Facebook presence and photo booths. Former news editor M.J. Callahan handled promotions in the fall semester.

The Ranger took second and third place in best breaking news package.

The second place entry was by former staff photographer R.T. Gonzales, photography team member Anthony Botello, Lewis and Guel. The third place entry was by former features editor Adriana Ruiz, Guel and Carde.

The staff also won an honorable mention for best website navigation.

In the on-site competition, managing editor Mandy Derfler and Carde won second place for two-person photo essay, and Derfler won third in newspaper design.

Eight Ranger staffers and three advisers attended the three-day convention, which drew 442 students and 76 advisers from 49 Texas colleges and universities.

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