The Brookhaven Courier, Brookhaven College’s student newspaper, sent four editors to this year's Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) Convention in Fort Worth, March 30 through April 2.
Erin Marissa Russell, Natalie Casanova, Jordan Camacho and Matthew Goiffon received nine awards in their division, including first place in headline writing and general column, as well as honorable mention in best of show.
“We are so proud of the excellent work our journalism students have done this academic year,” said Rori Harrington, manager of student publications. “They are award-winning, talented students with promising futures.”
Natalie, the paper's current managing editor, was elected as president of TIPA, succeeding Erin, current Courier editor-in-chief, in the role. Erin and other Courier officers earned praise from TIPA organizers for their exceptional work with the organization.
“We are proud of our editors, writers, illustrators and photographers,” said Daniel Rodrigue, newspaper adviser and journalism professor. “The students put in a lot of hard work this academic year, and their efforts produced another award-winning volume of The Brookhaven Courier packed with important stories and insightful commentary.”
Rori and Daniel shared their expertise with TIPA conference attendees by serving as presenters during breakout sessions. Rori focused on cyber civility, while Daniel discussed narrative writing.
John Neal, journalism professor, supervised then judged the Public Relations Crisis Management off-the-cuff contest at the convention, at the request of Fred Stewart, executive director of TIPA.