Ranger garners 21 awards for spring, fall 2015 work at TIPA

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Legends Patrick Miller swings a pass around Blue defender Josh Huestis to set up Micheal Eric for an easy lay-up April 1 at Dr. Pepper Arena in Dallas. The  Legends combined for 30 total assists as they cruised past the Blue 139-109.  Brandon A. Edwards

Legends Patrick Miller swings a pass around Blue defender Josh Huestis to set up Micheal Eric for an easy lay-up April 1 at Dr. Pepper Arena in Dallas. The Legends combined for 30 total assists as they cruised past the Blue 139-109. Brandon A. Edwards

Staffers place in five of 10 onsite contests entered.

The Ranger won five first place awards at the annual convention of the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association April 2 in Dallas.

These were among 21 awards for student work published in The Ranger and The Ranger Online in spring and fall.

The Ranger’s print edition competes with newspapers printed once or twice a week at community and four-year colleges with large enrollments. The Ranger Online was judged in both categories for news websites.

Additionally, Ranger staffers scored five honors in 10 onsite contests at the convention March 31-April 1 at the Dallas Sheraton Hotel.

TIPA is the oldest professional organization for collegiate journalists in the nation and one of the largest.

In the onsite contest, managing editor Mandy Derfler won second place for editorial writing and print advertising and third place in newspaper design. Ranger photographer Brandon A. Edwards captured second in sports action photo, and assistant managing editor Wally Perez won honorable mention in feature photo.

“I am extremely proud of our students,” said journalism full-time Adjunct Teresa Talerico, who accompanied the students to TIPA. “Three of them had never been to TIPA before, and they went toe-to-toe against journalism students from two-year and four-year schools.”

In the previously published competition for The Ranger’s print version, first place honors went to Matthew Reyna for headline for “Restroom review encourages ‘holding it’”; Daniel Carde for feature photo for “Stemulate,” a photo of students promoting STEM education; Ranger photographer E. David Guel for sports news story for coverage of a brawl at a Lady Rangers basketball game; and The Ranger staff for opinion/editorial page design judges found “vibrant” for the number of letters to the editor.

The Ranger Online also won first place in Online Division 2 for best community engagement, which includes social media efforts on Facebook and Twitter.

Second place awards went to Ranger editor Kyle R. Cotton for news photo for “Drunk” and the Ranger staff for feature page design for Cotton’s photo story of a student blacksmith. The Ranger Online won second place for best community engagement in Online Division 1.

Third place honors were given to illustrator Alexandra Nelipa for an editorial cartoon concerning students’ difficulties obtaining child care; fall 2015 editor Cynthia M. Herrera for an editorial on the irony of the district’s claims of financial transparency; Guel for sports action photo of a women’s basketball game; Cotton for picture story for “Blacksmith” and sports feature photo of a student practicing parkour; and Carde for general column for what the judges called a “cautionary tale” of youthful indiscretions.

Third place awards for The Ranger Online in Division 1 went to former staffer Neven Jones for best video package exploring a math adjunct’s math museum. In Division 2, The Ranger staff won third place in breaking news package for coverage of a hostage situation north of campus and third in best web navigation.

Honorable mentions went to Reyna for in-depth reporting for a story on the condition of campus restrooms; Nelipa for illustration for “Volunteer”; Estefania B. Alonso for an editorial cartoon on smoking on a non-smoking campus; and Anthony B. Botello for feature photo for “Childcare,” which judges called a “very nice cute kid picture that actually goes with a story.”

Journalism faculty named Cotton this college’s Journalist of the Year.

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