Journalism students win eight awards in fall contest


The Plainsman Press was notified following the semester break that current and former staff members are the recipients of eight awards from the Texas Community College Journalism Association.

The awards are from a fall contest for material published during the spring 2016 and fall 2016 semesters.

The Plainsman Press swept the top two awards in the categories of In-Depth Series /Investigative Reporting and Sports News. The series “Identity Crisis” on transgender issues was awarded first place for In-Depth Series/Investigative reporting. Staff members contributing to that series were: Nicole Trugillo of Anton, Chesanie Brantley of Sudan, Matt Molinar of Levelland, Mallory Carver of Lovington, N.M., Jenny Garza of Lubbock, Skylar Hernandez of Santo, Sara Marshall of Andrews, Jonathan Brookshire of Midland Greenwood; and Joshua Ramirez of Lubbock.

The Plainsman Press also placed second in the category of In-Depth Series/Investigative Reporting for the series “Mind Wars” about depression and mental health. Contributing to the series were Brantley, Trugillo, and Garza.

In the Sports News category, Ramirez, now a junior at Texas Tech University, placed first for a story he wrote about a controversial foul call on the South Plains College men’s basketball team at the NJCAA National Tournament. Nicholas Alvarado of Plains, now a junior at West Texas A&M University, placed second for a story on the Lady Texans ending their season at the NJCAA Region 5 tournament.

Alvarado also earned an Honorable Mention award in the Sports Feature category for a story on Morgan Hartsell, who was a national champion pole vaulter on the SPC women’s track team.

Marshall, a sophomore photojournalism major currently serving as editor-in-chief of the Plainsman Press, earned an Honorable Mention award in the category of Newspaper Layout/Design for a page she designed on Buddy Holly and the Buddy Holly Center in Lubbock.

Garza, now a junior at Texas Tech, earned an Honorable Mention award in the category of Picture Page/Panel for a story she wrote and took photos of a butterfly exhibit at the Science Spectrum in Lubbock.

Brantley and Trugillo also earned an Honorable Mention award in the category of Picture Page/Panel for a story they wrote and photos they took of the chili pepper production of a local farmer.

Members of the Plainsman Press staff have won 92 awards from the TCCJA since 2005.

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