Thanks to advisor Cheri Shipman, here's a review of awards won by Batt and Aggieland staffers in the past year:
Kevin Alexander, now the sports design editor at The Victoria Advocate, was a finalist for the Society of Professional Journalist's Mark of Excellence Award for his coverage of Weathering the Storm, Hurricane Ike.
Stephen Fogg and Chris Griffin received Associated Collegiate Press 2009 individual awards in October at the National Convention in Austin. The awards are considered the highest national honors for student journalists. Fogg, a senior marketing major from The Woodlands, won honorable mention in the picture story category; Fogg followed a 2009 student body presidential candidate during campaigning in the spring. Griffin, a graduate student in visualization science from New Braunfels, received $100 in third place in the cartooning awards.
Several staff members from the fall 2008 - spring 2009 enterprise team won second place for the coverage of Texas A&M-Galveston and Hurricane Ike in the Best of Collegiate Design Awards given by College Media Advisers. Doug Klembara, Aggieland photo chief, won third place for his unique cover on the Qatar campus issue.
Ten staff members attended the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association convention in Kerrville. They were among 476 student journalists from across the state and among 47 schools. Samantha Johnson, city reporter, competed in the on-site news writing competition and received third place for her story. The staff members attended sessions and they’ve shared tips and suggestions with other staff members. The staff took home multiple awards in in-depth reporting, design, illustration, and special packaging.
List of winners:
Kevin Alexander 1st place in In-depth reporting, Shattered life April 28-29
Kyle Cunningham 1st place in sports news story, Renewing a Thanksgiving tradition Nov. 25
Kyle Cunningham Honorable mention in sports feature Taking the reins Nov. 6
Nicholas Badger Honorable mention for news photo Service Minded Oct. 19
Patrick Clayton Honorable mention Feature photo Fanfare for the Fourth July 6
Jeremy Northum Honorable mention Sports feature photo Undefeated Sept. 28
Jon Eilts Honorable mention Sports action photo Suiting up March 26
Stephen Fogg & Doug Klembara 2nd place Picture story Songfest Dec. 8
Staff Honorable mention Editorial Protestors pass presidential test Oct. 19
Kat Drinkwater Honorable mention General column Holding back the hate Oct. 27
David Harris Honorable mention Sports column What’s wrong with the Big 12 Nov. 3
Clay Harley Honorable mention Critical review Blast from the past Dec. 3
Osazuwa Okundaye Honorable mention Editorial cartoon Meal plan Aug. 4
Micah Stephens Honorable mention Page One design Obama on the way Sept. 16
Karen Cruickshanks & Chris Griffin 1st place Single Subject design Finding Aggieland June 10
Nicholas Badger 3rd place Single Subject design The past four years May 11
Jason Staggs 1st place Opinion/Editorial page Of dining and dollars Aug 4
Osazuwa Okundaye Honorable mention Illustration Myths and legends Aug. 26
Ramya Prakash 3rd place Information graphic Bonfire Memorial Nov. 17
2nd place Special section Staff Bonfire: Remembering the Stack Nov. 17
3rd place Overall excellence Staff Oct. 13-15, 2009
1st place online multimedia package Bonfire
2nd place online interactivity Obama coverage, overall
1st place best online video Christian Hughes Rudder’s Rangers
1st place best slide show Stephen Fogg Belief in Ben
2nd place general web site excellence