Island Waves Student Newspaper: 2015 Year in Review

April 18, 2016

Island Waves Student Newspaper: 2015 Year in Review

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The year 2015 has been a thrilling journey for the Island Waves Student Newspaper – brand-new initiatives, valuable staff additions and more than a dozen awards at the TIPA (Texas Intercollegiate Press Association) Convention have advanced the paper into an era of renewed reporting.

In 2015, the paper implemented three highlight initiatives. The spring 2015 launch of IslandWavesNews.com and recharged activity on social media outlets, a YouTube video series called “Trending News Waves,” and “Coffee & a Paper” – a collaboration with Dining Services that provides free coffee in the Bell Library breezeway each Thursday, when a new edition of the paper publishes.

Additionally, with the transition of the paper into the Department of Communication and Media in the College of Liberal Arts and the fall 2015 addition of a digital journalism minor, Island Waves has, by all accounts, entered a rebuilding phase that is producing fresh and trendy news that keeps students informed.

“The new digital journalism minor has allowed us to better network with and recruit newspaper staff,” said Wendy Moore, Professional Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication and Media and Faculty Adviser of Island Waves. “It is a really exciting time. These student workers keep getting better and are doing great work in the face of change.”

With student writers coming from different backgrounds and disciplines, the paper boasts a clan of diverse voices, reporting campus news, opinion and entertainment pieces, features and sports. The dozen or so staff members generate original story ideas, gather information and photographs for stories and work to manage the mechanics of producing a publication.

“I have been with Island Waves for two years now, and I am proud of how far we have come in that time,” said Jamie Fink, Communication and Media major and Editor-In-Chief of Island Waves. “We have a lot of exciting things happening and we are always looking for new faces to help improve and grow the paper, all the while finding what could possibly be a career in journalism in the future.”

Island Waves isn’t just improving and bringing new ideas to the table, they are also gaining state-wide recognition. The paper earned 14 awards at the 2015 TIPA Convention, held from March 31 – April 2, in Dallas. Island Waves Student Newspaper competed against 14 other Texas college and universities of similar size.

Awards include:

1st Place Feature Page Design – Kara Herrera

2nd Place Sports Feature Photo – Jamie Fink

3rd Place Best In Show – Island Waves Newspaper

3rd Place Editorial Cartoon – Izzy Sneed

3rd Place Picture Story – Jamie Fink & Thi Nguyen

3rd Place Sports Column – Jeremy Pape

Honorable Mention Overall Excellence – Island Waves Newspaper

Honorable Mention Sports News Story – Jamie Fink

Honorable Mention Single Subject Design – Jamie Fink

Honorable Mention Opinion/Editorial Page Design – Jamie Fink

Honorable Mention Editorial – Island Waves Staff

Honorable Mention Illustration – Conner Tichota

Honorable Mention Editorial Cartoon – Izzy Sneed

Honorable Mention Sports Feature Photo – Isaac Page

Founded in 1909, TIPA is the oldest and one of the largest collegiate press associations in the nation. Each year, contests are held in general magazine, radio, television, online, two divisions of yearbook, two divisions of literary magazine, and four divisions of newspaper, plus more than a dozen on-site contests during the annual convention.

“The TIPA Convention provides an opportunity for students to recharge their enthusiasm for journalism, spark their competitive drive, meet other college journalism students from around the state of Texas and exchange ideas,” said Moore. “I love to see our Islander student writers excited and thinking about how to better serve their audience.”