Journalists take on TCCJA

COMMERCE — A team of 10 KC Journalism students took home the grand prize for Best Cohesive Story Package during live competition at the Texas Community College Journalism Association’s conference held at Texas A&M-Commerce recently. Working in small groups, they also secured a second place in Story Writing and a second place in Photo Group/Slideshow for covering a breaking news event and uploading the finished product on deadline. More than 140 students and advisers from around the state attended the event.

In canned competition, 19 KC students brought home 22 awards (some as groups), including eight first-place finishes and a 3rd in Overall Excellence-Newspaper. These were for stories, photos and page layouts published in the 2017-18 academic year. In other news, The Flare was also named as one of two college print newspaper finalists for the Columbia Scholastic Press Association Crown Awards.

The news publications were published during the 2017-18 academic year. The Crown Awards honor top student publications chosen from CSPA’s members. Crowns are selected for overall excellence in a head-to-head comparison. During Crown consideration, publications are judged on their excellence as shown by their design, photography, concept, coverage and writing. A total of 1,172 publications were eligible for judging. Final results will be announced and presented at the CSPA ceremonies in March 2019 in New York City.

Crown Awards summarize overall excellence in the entire publication.

COLLEGE PRINT NEWS, The Daily Toreador, Texas Tech, University, Lubbock, TX; The Flare, Kilgore College.


Individuals winners in the canned competition were:

  • Diana Castillo, Longview – 1st place Picture Page/Slideshow for Cultural awareness day
  • Alma Cedillo, Kilgore – 1st place Picture Page/Slideshow for Cultural awareness day
  • Max Cervantes, Longview – 2nd Investigative Reporting for The dreamers
  • Cassidy Daniel, Kilgore – 1st place Column Writing for Gun safety debate
  • Grace Garcia, Longview – 1st place Feature Photography, 1st place Picture Page/Slideshow; 2nd place Picture Page/Slideshow for Lineman Hurtman rescue, Cultural awareness day, Revels: Live it up
  • Andrea Jimenez, Longview – 2nd place Picture Page/Slideshow for Revels: Live it up
  • Tiffany Johnson, Longview – 2nd place Picture Page/Slideshow for Revels: Live it up
  • Liza Latham, Longview – 2nd place Picture Page/Slideshow for Revels: Live it up
  • Nelda Milligan-Turner, Kilgore – 1st place News Writing for Veterans room would bring benefits to campus
  • Mason Myers, Longview – 2nd place Environmental Portrait for Jamie Hwang noodles
  • Sarah Redford, White Oak – 2nd place Magazine Story Package for Crown fits
  • Alec Reyes, Diboll – HM Sports Feature Writing; HM Sports News Writing for NFL Vikings returns, Lady Rangers ready
  • Lonnie Ross, Longview – 2nd Investigative Reporting; 3rd place News Photo for Cinderella run ends, The dreamers
  • Rahsaan Sheppard, Sherman – 2nd place Sports News Writing for Buzzer-beater belts Roadrunners
  • Lucas Strough, Longview – 1st place Critical Review; 2nd place Editorial Writing; 2nd place Investigative Reporting, 2nd place Picture Page/Slideshow; HM News Writing for Long-time trustee succumbs to illness, The dreamers, Devil in Salem (The Crucible), Retention Attention, Revels: Live it up
  • Allison Taliaferro, White Oak- 1st place Newspaper Page Design for How to save a life
  • Chris Williams, Houston – 3rd place Sports Feature Writing for Lady Rangers build camaraderie
  • Mary Williams-Smith, Kilgore – 1st place Picture Page/Slideshow for Cultural awareness day
  • Grant Worley, Carthage- 1st place Sports Photo; 1st place Picture Page/Slideshow; 1st & 3rd place Sports Action Photo; 2nd place Feature Photography; 2nd place Picture Page/Slideshow  for Cultural flag dance, Buzzer-beater, Davon Newton dunks, Jacob Frazier pushes, Cultural awareness day, Revels: Live it up

Allison Taliaferro was the Flare’s editor in Fall 2017. Lucas Strough was editor in Spring 2018. Sarah Redford was Flare Magazine editor in Spring 2018. Rachel Stallard is the journalism adviser and O. Rufus Lovett was the photography adviser last year.

  • Overall Excellence Newspaper First Place The Ranger Amarillo College
  • Overall Excellence Newspaper Second Place The Eagle  Northeast Texas Community College
  • Overall Excellence Newspaper Third Place The Flare  Kilgore College
  • Overall Excellence Newspaper  Honorable Mention The News-RegisterNorth Lake College