|Midland College student media winners Bert Garza (far left) and Lionel Reynosa (far right) are shown with fellow media students (left to right) Kirsten Geddes, Tessa Takins and Courtney Mayo. Courtesy Photo|
By Rebecca Bell
Dean of Community Relations & Special Events
Midland College (MC) Student Publications contributors won multiple Texas Community College Journalism Association awards at the organization’s convention in Clearlake, TX, on Oct. 14, according to Bob Templeton, MC Allison Chair of Journalism.
The single publication award was a general excellence honorable mention for the Midland College Press (MCP) student newspaper. It topped the awards in the previously published or canned entry contests. Also held was an on-site competition event that included a panel discussion by NASA scientists planning a manned flight to Mars in about 20 years.
Bert Garza, now a student at Texas State University, won a second place for news writing in the newspaper for a story about the organization of the new LGBT club at MC. He also won a third place award for newspaper feature photo of a student jumping for joy over the end of a semester.
Other newspaper awards were second place for headline writing by the MCP staff, second place for an editorial cartoon of a back to school sale featuring firearms by Dustin Gordon, and third place for a sports photo of MC volleyball practice by Ricardo Reyes.
Lionel Reynosa won second place in the magazine journalism story category. The story, titled “Cockfighting in the Tall City,” was published in the spring 2016 Chaparral feature magazine. MC’s other magazine is the literary Tableau publication, which published the second place non-journalism story written by Zach Neuser. He wrote the piece titled “Saved a Wretch Like Me” as a non-fiction entry in the 2015 Rebecca Watson Creative Writing contest.
“We won a good number of awards like we do every year, but they are only icing on the cake for excellent writing, photography, publication design and artwork created by MC students,” Templeton said.