Published:
Wednesday, December 4th 2019

Journalism students earn 16 awards at TCCJA conference at Baylor University

Kilgore College journalism students earned 16 individual awards at the Texas Community College Journalism Association’s conference held on the Baylor University campus earlier this semester.

In canned competition, KC journalism students won six first place finishes and two second places in Overall Excellence in their division: one for The Flare print edition, and one for The Flare Online website.

Jon Frazier (Gladewater sophomore and Flare Photo Editor) finished second in live competition for Best Dominant Photo, and received an Honorable Mention for Best Photo Story.

Also in live competition, Adriana Cisneros Emerson (Longview sophomore and Flare Executive Editor) and Nadia Hill (Tatum sophomore and Flare Copy Editor) received 3rd Place for Best Headline.

As a team, The Flare staff received an Honorable Mention for Best Cohesive Story Package.

The awards were for stories, photos and page layouts published during the 2018-19 academic year with Adriana Cisneros Emerson serving as the Flare’s editor.

KC was one of 13 community colleges that competed at the state level.

Flare adviser Rachel Stallard was elected TCCJA Secretary for Spring/Fall 2020.


Students earning awards:

  • Adriana Cisneros Emerson (Caracas, Venezuela) 1st Place, Column Writing
  • Catie Denfeld (White Oak) 1st Place, Photo Story/Essay; 3rd Place, Feature Photo
  • Jamie Hwang (Seoul, South Korea) 1st Place, News Photo; 2nd Place, Advertising (single ad); 2nd Place, Sports Photo; 3rd Place, Newspaper Page Design; 3rd Place, News Photo
  • Travis Noriega (Kilgore) 3rd Place, News Writing; Honorable Mention, Feature Writing
  • Alec Reyes (Diboll) 3rd Place, Sports Feature Writing; 3rd Place, Sports News Writing
  • Alexandria Wooldridge (Kilgore) 1st Place, Non-Photographic Illustration; 1st Place, Editorial Cartoon
  • Sara Harris (Longview) 1st Place, Environmental Portrait
  • Anthony Williams (Houston) Honorable Mention, Sports Feature Writing
  • Flare staff - 3rd Place, Headline Writing; Honorable Mention, In-Depth or Investigative Reporting