Talon, TCTV Win National Recognition, Local Awards

Timber Creek Student Media has had a busy April, completing The Creek Yearbook (delivery date to be announced soon!) and competing in multiple contests both locally and across the nation.

First, Timber Creek Talon reporters and editors competed and won the district UIL Journalism contest, finishing with the most points scored across five contests. Talon reporter Sofia Facundo won 1st in News Writing and 2nd in Copy Editing, Publishing Editor Tisha Shrestha won 3rd in Feature Writing and Opinion Editor Cooper Gant placed 2nd in Headline Writing and rounded out the team that competed at the Regional competition. Two other Talons, reporter Phoebe Lowe (4th Place News Writing) and Opinion Editor Julia Elliott (4th Place Headlines and 6th Place Editorial Writing), won awards and contributed to the overall team win.

Meanwhile, across the nation, student media programs were competing in the National Scholastic Press Association’s Best of Show contest at the Spring 2021 NSPA/JEA National High School Journalism Convention. In those awards, Timber Creek Talon’s Fall 2020 edition of the Art and Literature Magazine “Flight” won 8th place.

“This was the first year that we entered the lit mag for competition and to place amongst other incredible student designers and editors who’ve been doing this for years is a big accomplishment,” Talon and TCTV Adviser Greg Janda said.

In TCTV’s competition category, Broadcast Journalism, the live news program won 2nd place best of show. This was only the second time the news had been in competition due to the previous cancellation of the 2020 convention.

“We’d only brought our news to contest once before COVID hit, so we learned a ton from our first trip and retooled the news to be really competitive,” Janda said. “Even then, I didn’t expect to place so high. There are a lot of truly great TV news programs out there.”

View the award-winning Art and Literature Magazine here:

A New Leaf: Fall 2020 Art and Literature Magazine

And view the Live News entry here:

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