Photos: Igor Kraguljac, A&M Press
At their first staff meeting of the fall semester on Thursday, Battalion staffers received the 2009 Outstanding Crime Prevention Media award from the Texas Crime Prevention Association.
University Chief of Police Elmer Schneider, Assistant Chief Bert Kretzschmar and Master Officer Kristi Hosea were there to give the plaque to the Batt's staff and its editor, Amanda Casanova. Hosea had picked up the statewide award at the association's annual meeting.
The Batt got the award for coverage of sexual assault prevention and a weekly feature on stopping crime on campus.
Batt adviser Cheri Shipman always lines up cool speakers for her staff, and this meeting was no exception:
- College Station police PIO Lt. Rodney Sigle and Master Officer Rhonda Seaton talked about how they communicate with the A&M campus and what they're allowed to share about incidents under investigation;
- A&M's VP of marketing and communication, Jason Cook, talked about how to improve communication between the university and Batt staff;
- and City of Bryan communication director April Saginor, a former Batt staffer, talked about her job and about working as a reporter.