Current and former members of the Plainsman Press staff recently received seven awards from the Texas Community College Journalism Association.
The awards, for material published during the fall 2017 and spring 2018 semesters, were announced during the annual TCCJA fall conference held at Texas A&M Commerce.
Kendall Rainer, a sophomore general studies major from Georgetown, placed first in the category of Sports News for his story on the men’s and women’s track and field teams sweeping the NJCAA Indoor Championships.
Rainer, the current sports editor for the Plainsman Press, also received an Honorable Mention Award in the Sports News category for his story on the SPC men’s basketball team winning the national championship.
Autumn Bippert, a sophomore photojournalism major from Georgetown, placed third in the category for Critical Review for a review she wrote on the movie “Ready Player One.”
The current Editor-in-Chief of the Plainsman Press also received an Honorable Mention Award, along with former staff member Tina Gonzalez of Lubbock, in the category of In-Depth or Investigative Reporting for a multi-part series on “Fake News.”
Also, Matt Molinar, a Levelland native now attending Texas Tech University, and Nicole Lopez, an Amherst native, placed first in the category of In-Depth or Investigative Reporting for a multi-part series “Climate Crisis.”
Molinar also placed second in the category of Sports Photo for a photo taken of a SPC rodeo team member practicing. Lopez placed third in the Feature Writing category for a story on a man who composes music for video games.
Members of the Plainsman Press staff have won 115 awards in the TCCJA competition since 2005.