Mass comm students receive statewide recognition


FRONT: Courtney Gilder, Ethan Metcalf; BACK: Brianna Sheen, Blake Muse, Eddie Miller, Gavin Belle

April 13, 2015 — SAN ANTONIO — At the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association convention, five Midwestern State University Mass Communication students placed in on-site competitions, and the campus media and senior documentaries received 21 awards.

"The on-site competitions are an exciting way to learn and to test your abilities," Ethan Metcalf, editor for The Wichitan and senior in Mass Communication, said. "As I look forward to graduating in the spring, attending the convention was also a great way to network and to visit with prospective employers."

The six MSU students who attended competed in 21 different on-site competitions, everything from print news writing to editorial cartoons to television advertising, also attended some of the 39 workshop sessions offered on everything from using social media to writing résumés.

On-site contest award recipients from MSU included:

  • Courtney Gilder, First Place, Radio News Writing
  • Courtney Gilder, Second Place, Radio Advertising
  • Eddie Miller, Second Place, Radio Sports Writing
  • Brianna Sheen, Second Place, News Photography
  • Ethan Metcalf and Brianna Sheen, Third Place, Two-Person Photo Essay
  • Blake Muse, Third Place, Editorial Cartoon
  • Ethan Metcalf, Honorable Mention, Headline Writing

More than 500 students from nearly 50 schools attended the annual conference as did Dr. Jim Sernoe, Mass Communication department Chair and president of TIPA, and Dr. Bradley Wilson, director of student media at MSU. Sernoe taught a session on media law titled "FERPA, Open Records and Everything Else" and Wilson taught three sessions including one on caption writing, one on sports photography, and one on how photojournalists can use social media.

Blake Muse, junior in Mass Communication, attended the convention for the first time. He said, "At the end of the day, my future employers will want to see my accomplishments, my talent, and my ambition. TIPA gives us a chance to make ourselves known and to be the best in the field. By entering contests and doing well, we get to publicize ourselves and our program. After all, we are our product, and it's our responsibility to brand and advertise ourselves."

In addition to the on-site competitions at the convention, TIPA recognized the senior documentaries produced as part of the class taught by Sernoe and work published last year as part of Campus Watch or The Wichitan in the contests for previously submitted work.