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Students represent Mayborn at TIPA

Students represent Mayborn at TIPA

Students represent Mayborn at TIPA
April 15
09:23 2014

Ali West // Staff Writer

Three NTDaily editors earned four awards in on-site writing and photography competitions at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association convention this weekend at El Tropicana Hotel in San Antonio.

The NTDaily competed against publications of 46 other schools in on- and off- site contests at the annual convention, which recognizes college newspapers, magazines and broadcasts.

In addition to the on-site awards, the Mayborn School of Journalism and the NT Daily combined for 22 awards in the off-site categories, including the Mayborn magazine’s victories in the Sweepstakes general magazine and overall excellence in general magazine categories.

Editor-in-chief of the NTDaily, William Darnell, won second place in print news writing and editorial writing. He said the team did not expect to win many awards because competitions tend to be crapshoots, so the result was a pleasant surprise.

“I’m really proud of my staff,” Darnell said. “They performed exceedingly well and so did the university.”

The NTDaily staff has been writing 30 to 40 stories per week, said Kathie Hinnen, senior lecturer and faculty advisor for the NTDaily. Hinnen said the staff should be proud of their performance at the conference.

“This has been a transition year from a four-days-a-week print edition to a focus on online and breaking news, as well as two weekly tab publications,” Hinnen said. “They’ve been working harder than ever and writing more stories than ever.”

Managing editor Melissa Wylie won first place in radio news writing. The competition featured a staged news event at a fire department training ground, she said.

“It was kind of fun to see because they slowed it down for us,” Wylie said. “It was supposed to be like you were on the scene of a fire.”

Both Wylie and Darnell are interns at the Dallas Morning News who cover breaking news, including fires, Wylie said.

“We were out there and we looked at each other like, ‘this is kind of what we do, we know what this is,’” Wylie said. “It was cool to feel like we were in our element.”

Christina Ulsh, design editor of the Daily, said she had to explore San Antonio beyond the Riverwalk for the feature photography contest, in which she won third place. She also competed in magazine and newspaper design.

She discovered a man who called himself Hispanic Elvis – complete with big glasses and a shiny cape. Ulsh said she had to chase him down and rented a bike to make the competition deadline.

“I was like, ‘I need a picture of this guy because he is the coolest thing that I’ve seen so far,’” Ulsh said.

Winning the photography award proved to Ulsh she was capable of achieving success, she said.

“It makes me feel good about graduating from the Mayborn School of Journalism,” Ulsh said. “Like I can go out there and report and do so effectively.”

Wylie said winning the awards validates the NT Daily in showing it can compete with other schools.

“It’s really nice to see that on a state level, not just here, that the Mayborn is significant,” Wylie said.

With four people, UNT had one of the smallest teams at the competition, Wylie said.

“We were on our own and I’m really proud of us for going out there and doing it,” she said.

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