The Bells newspaper and Bluebonnet yearbook received a total of 65 awards for excellence in writing, design and photography from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association at the organization’s yearly conference March 29-31.
Some competitions are onsite while others are submitted from the previous fall and spring semesters.
Along with the many awards the university received, each publication brought home the Sweepstakes award in its category. This honor goes to the publication with the most awards in its division.
Just one week earlier in Fort Worth, the Society of Professional Journalists awarded The Bells second place for General News Reporting and second place for Best All-Around Nondaily Collegiate Newspaper for Region 8, which includes all of Texas and Oklahoma.
Senior church history and journalism major Brittany Montgomery said, “For me, TIPA was important because it verified everything we as a staff have been working on for the past year.”
Montgomery is the editor-in-chief of The Bells and said that it was rewarding being a part of this year’s team of journalists.
“It wasn’t just me thinking something looked great but a professional agreeing that the tremendous effort we put into our stories and photos really was worth it,” she said.
For sophomore nursing major Marianna Jauregui, the yearbook is something she enjoys that is outside of her major.
She said, “Well it’s hard to be the only nursing major on the yearbook staff because literally none of my classes have to do with what we do in yearbook.”
She said she enjoyed TIPA and all she learned while at the conference.
“I just gained a deeper knowledge of how to make my pages better and therefore deliver a great yearbook full of memories to the student body.”
Over the course of the weekend, students attended sessions where they had the chance to learn from professionals in journalistic fields. The workshops ranged from sports feature writing to finding internships.
TIPA hosted writers from the Corpus Christi Caller Times. Some were photojournalists and others do video reporting for the newspaper on activities being held in Corpus Christi. Sarah Acosta is the entertainment reporter for the Caller Times showcasing the top five events for the week.
Mass communication/public relations major and editor-in-chief of the yearbook Anna Gamboa said, “My favorite sessions were the broadcasting sessions. It was interesting to see the broadcasting aspect of journalism.”
The Bells and Bluebonnet staffs have been working hard all year for this event.
Junior public relations major Brooke Morgan said, “It’s an honor to be a part of The Bells staff and be able to work with talented people and see your hard work pay off.”
Morgan was the sports editor this year and won four awards at TIPA. She mentioned how she was excited to receive awards for sports page design and sports writing.
This year the event was held in Corpus Christi. Having the event right on the beach was a perfect opportunity and location for the photo contests that took place onsite.
Montgomery said, “I really enjoyed doing the two-person photo essay.”
This event called for two people to capture the essence of the beach and bay-front.
Montgomery said, “It started pouring as soon as we got outside. Even though we were soaked, those couple of hours ended up being one of my favorite times taking pictures.”
The awards received at the conference were encouraging. However, the most rewarding parts of the weekend seemed unrelated to journalism.
Gamboa said, “My favorite part of TIPA was getting to spend time with the yearbook staff and getting to know their interests outside of school.”