Texas Community Colleges

WTC Mass Communications Students Receive Awards for Reporting


SNYDER— For the 8th consecutive year, Western Texas College’s Mass Communications students have produced work receiving awards from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association.

Western Texas College students Ashley Jones and Hunter Hand were recognized for the quality of audio pieces submitted for consideration. Their reporting from 2017 was submitted and awarded at the 2018 spring annual convention.

Mass Communications Professor Geron Scates with
students Hunter Hand and Ashley Jones

In the Previously Published category, Division 6, Hunter Hand from Amarillo received first place for his broadcast of a Western Texas College basketball game.

Ashley Jones received first and second place in the In-Depth News Reporting – Audio section for her work reporting on the Forensic Science program at Western Texas College and the DECA program at Snyder ISD. Jones received two additional first place certificates. In the Audio Documentary section, her feature on the Quanah Parker Statue Dedication earned a first place from the judges and Jones also received the Overall Excellence Radio award.

The Mass Communication department at Western Texas College is directed by Assistant Professor and college radio station manager Geron Scates. A longtime broadcasting professional, Scates completes his ninth year at Western Texas College in 2018.

“I appreciate our students who are involved for all their hard work and willingness to expand their horizons,” said Scates.

 The Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) is the oldest state collegiate press association in the nation and has grown into one of the largest and most respected collegiate groups in the country. More information about TIPA is available at texasipa.org.

People interested in the Mass Communications program at Western Texas College can contact Scates at 325-574-7626 or gscates@wtc.edu.