Richland student journalists bring home the gold, silver and bronze

Richland Chronicle writers, photographers and other student media staff members scored multiple wins in the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) Convention at the downtown Crowne Plaza Dallas Hotel March 30 to April 1. 

The Richland staff, along with students from 47 other Texas community colleges and universities, competed in more than 20 categories, among them news writing, sports writing, photography, English and Spanish radio and TV announcing, editorial writing and critical review.

In addition to the competition, students also attended workshops in photography, writing, sports, video production and many more. Professional journalists and representatives from participating universities gave presentations and on-site critiques of student newspapers. 

In one of the most informative workshops, “Why We All Need Copy Editors,”  Dr. Bradley Wilson from Midwestern State University said newspaper circulation is in decline and that 85 percent of our readers get their news via cell phones. He provided numerous examples of mainstream newspapers with errors in grammar, spelling, punctuation and typos.  

One humorous example from CNN included mistakes in letters when they wrote, “Where’s Ossama?”” instead of “Where’s Obama?” In a photo in The Economist, former President Barack Obama was alone on a beach. In reality, he wasn’t.  The president is never alone; two members of his security detail were with him but were left out of the photograph. 

Those attending the convention for Richland Student Media were: Aly Rodrigues, Harris Sadiq, Quan Tran, Chassedy Johnson, Maria Etetere,  Marisol Orozco, Trumaine Armstrong, Ahlam Maryam Al Mahrooq, Ricky Miller, Miranda Jack, Jorge Perez, Fernando Rodriguez, Ali Iqbali, Alex Cortez and Joyce Jackson. 

Erica Edwards, faculty program coordinator for journalism, said the Richland College Student Media team received 17 individual and team awards earned for on-site contests and previously published work (2016).  The awards were for work on newspaper, television and radio content. Richland competes in Division Two, which includes two and four-year schools that produce weekly newspapers with enrollment levels in the top half of competing schools.