Foghorn News takes home 36 awards from conference


The Foghorn News staff returned with 36 awards, including 12 for first place, from their annual state journalism conference in late March. More than 500 students from two- and four-year schools attended the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association conference in Dallas.

“I think we did well. It was beneficial to everyone. They learned how to create better content for the Web and the paper,” said Foghorn News Editor-in-Chief Natalie Murphy.

TIPA gives students the chance to compete against other journalism programs in both previously published and live contests, where they face off against their peers from other schools, regardless of size.

“The live contests help you see what it’s going to be like when on site for an assignment and make you think under pressure, which is a great experience,” said Murphy, who took home three awards and a scholarship.

“I felt like crying when they announced my name for the scholarship,” Murphy said. “Everything helps when you’re trying to pay for school.”

Associate professor of journalism Robert Muilenburg brought 10 students on the trip.

“The students represented us well. I was impressed with their professionalism and I was proud to take them to compete against all the other schools in Texas,” Muilenburg said.

“Our students show that a two-year program can compete with any program in the state,” said Muilenburg, who was also elected the new vice president of TIPA.

Former Foghorn Editor-in-Chief Beth Francesco, who works at the Caller-Times for several years before becoming director of student media for the University of Texas at Arlington, was named TIPA adviser of the year for her passion and desire to help students succeed.



Staff/group awards

1st place, Online Interactivity

2nd place, Overall Excellence

2nd place, Website Navigation

2nd place, Editorial

2nd place, Literary Magazine Overall Excellence


Natalie Murphy

Winner of Mike Warms Scholarship

2nd place, Single Subject Presentation

Honorable mention, 2-Person Photo Essay, live contest

Honorable mention, Sports Action Photo


Meagan Falcon

1st place, Designer of the Year

2nd place, Single Subject Presentation

2nd place, Feature Story

3rd place, Information Graphic

Honorable mention, Multimedia Package


Michelle Mirelez

1st place, Sports Page Design

1st place, Sports Action Photo

2nd place, Headline

Honorable mention, 2-Person Photo Essay, live contest


Josselyn Obregon

1st place, Radio Announcing Spanish, live contest

2nd place, Spanish News Writing

3rd places, Spanish News Writing


Emily Jasso

1st place, Editorial Cartoon, live contest

1st place, Editorial Cartoon


Dominic Perez

3rd place, Sports News Story


Bill Eaves

Honorable mention, Critical Review


Cayce Berryman

1st place, Literary Magazine Story Package

1st place, Picture Story

1st place, Literary Magazine Feature Story

1st place, Literary Magazine Photo Essay

2nd place, Feature Page Design

3rd place, Literary Magazine Feature Photo

Honorable mention, News Story

Honorable mention, Literary Magazine Photo Essay

Honorable mention, Literary Magazine Story Package


Sarah Fecht

1st place, Picture Story

Honorable mention, Multimedia Package

2nd place, Feature Page Design

3rd place, News Feature Story


Christian Mora

3rd place, Literary Magazine Short Story


Desiree Arnold

1st place, Sports Column


Vivien Sanchez

3rd place, Literary Magazine Feature Story

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