TCU 360, Horned Frog Yearbook both shine at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association Convention

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The J. M. Moudy buildings, where the College of Communication is housed. (Heesoo Yang/Staff Photographer)

By Trevor Matthews

TCU Student Media and Horned Frog Yearbook staff received awards and recognition this past weekend at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) Convention.

TCU 360 was awarded three first-place awards for coverage, and the Horned Frog Yearbook stood out for photography.

Colin Post’s coverage of the firing of former head coach Gary Patterson won the award for sports news story in the narrative writing category. 

“Timely reporting on the heels of Patterson’s dismissal. The story objectively covers Patterson’s accomplishments and his more current struggles,” one judge wrote. 

Haeven Gibbons won both of the other two first-place awards for her stories, “Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store” and “Fort Worth’s first community fridge program helps serve vulnerable neighborhoods.” 

“[Gibbons] did not lose the human element in the wealth of information and did a solid job weaving the impact and personal story with broader research into the issue of food insecurity,” said a judge in response to Gibbons’ first community fridge program story.

Ethan Mito came out of TIPA with first place for “sports feature photo” for the yearbook. 

As a whole, the student-run Horned Frog Yearbook earned two honorable mentions and third place for “Overall Excellence” of the yearbook. The judges noted that the “​photography was especially strong” in the yearbook. 

TCU 360 was also awarded four honorable mentions. One went to Sarah Crispi for her story “Return of the disco: Latest fashion trends mirror the 1970s.” The second was awarded to Tristen Smith for “Dorm drinking trends show increase in 2020.” Honorable mentions also went to Post’s story “TCU football’s ‘national search’ leads to SMU’s Dykes for next head coach,” and Gibbons’ for “Reporter of the Year.”