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SPC journalism students claim 13 awards at conference
LEVELLAND – Students in the journalism program at South Plains College came away with 13 awards during the fall conference for the Texas Community College Journalism Association.
More than 118 students from 17 community colleges in Texas participated in the one-day event, which was held Oct. 4 at Texas Woman’s University in Denton.
Allison Terry, freshman photojournalism major from Lubbock, captured two awards in live photography competitions held at the conference. She placed first in the News Photo contest and second in the Feature Photo contest.
Nick Mendez, sophomore broadcast journalism major from Lubbock, placed second in Television News Writing in a live contest as well.
Jordan Irvine, former sports writer for the Plainsman Press now attending Texas Tech University, placed first in the Sports News Story category for his story on the SPC men’s and women’s track and field teams sweeping the team titles at the NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships in 2013. Irvine also placed second in the Sports Feature category for a story he wrote on former NFL standout Rocky Bleier, who made an appearance in Lubbock last year.
Victoria Landers, former Plainsman Press feature editor now attending Texas Tech, placed second in the News Photo category for her photo of Elizabeth Smart, who spoke in Lubbock last year.
Jayme Lozano, sophomore print journalism major from Levelland and current editor-in-chief of the Plainsman Press, received an Honorable Mention award in the Feature Writing category for her feature story on Evan Todd, a survivor of the Columbine school shooting. Lozano also received an Honorable Mention award in the category of News Writing for her story on Elizabeth Smart’s appearance in Lubbock.
Zach Hollingsworth, print journalism major from Lubbock, received an Honorable Mention award for News Writing for his story on legendary journalist and author Bob Woodward’s speech in Amarillo last spring.
Caitlin Welborn, sophomore print journalism major from Wolfforth, received an Honorable Mention award in the Column Writing category for her story about spending a week homeless.
Josh Harris, sophomore advertising major from Idalou, also received an Honorable Mention award in the Cartoon category for his original cartoon about doomsday predictions.
The Plainsman Press staff also placed second in the Headline Writing category, and received an Honorable Mention award in the category of Overall Excellence.
Members of the Plainsman Press staff have won 64 awards from the TCCJA since 2005.