ACC students recognized and awarded at statewide convention

The Austin Community College (ACC) student-run newspaper, Accent, received five awards at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) 2015 convention last weekend in San Antonio.

“It’s incredible to receive recognition like this from our peers,” says Joseph Van Vranken, Accent multimedia editor who received first place for critical review. “It shows the strength of our publication and is a testament to the work the entire Accent staff puts into our publication.”

TIPA, a nationally recognized collegiate press association, holds contests among university and college-level student-run media at its annual convention. This year 442 students attended the convention from 62 member colleges and universities. Accent competed in the Newspaper Division V category against peers including University of the Incarnate Word, North Lake College, St. Mary’s University, and Texas Wesleyan University, among others.

Along with Van Vranken, the following students received awards:

  • First Place Picture Story – Dave Creaney, photographer, and Preston Bezant, layout/design editor
  • Honorable Mention News story – Manal El-Haj, reporter
  • Honorable Mention Feature Page Design – Preston Bezant, layout/design editor
  • Honorable Mention Illustration (Non-photo) – Daniel Groh, contributor

Accent Editor-in-Chief Noor Alahmadi also was elected secretary of the 2016 TIPA student executive committee during the convention.

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