The Journalism Department wrapped up the spring semester by celebrating the eighth annual Jay and Gail Milner Distinguished Student Journalism Awards. The awards luncheon, held May 3 in the Tucker Technology Center, was established by TCU Alumna Gail Milner in memory of her late husband, Jay, a long-time newspaper reporter. This year’s program featured keynote speaker Omar Villafranca, Class of 2001. Villafranca works as a national correspondent for CBS News.
The Milner Distinguished Student Journalism Awards recognized student achievement in several categories:
Television News Feature: Carolina Olivares for her feature about Tafari Witter, a TCU senior with Sickle Cell Anemia
Narrative Multimedia Story: Grace Amiss for her story about the revival of an English-as-a-Second-Language course
Interactive Story: Lana Wynn for her in-depth, interactive story about opioid use in Tarrant County
Sports Writing: Garrett Podell for his look into a day in the life of Jamie Dixon, TCU men’s basketball coach
Enterprise Reporting: Lana Wynn for her in-depth, interactive story about opioid use in Tarrant County
Enterprise Multimedia Reporting: Benton McDonald for his long-form, multimedia-filled article on Tarrant County and the 2018 midterms
Story of the Year – Text: Lana Wynn for her in-depth, interactive story about opioid use in Tarrant County
Story of the Year – Visual: Grace Amiss for her look into TCU’s Spanish-speaking employees’ journey to learn a new language
Reporter of the Year: Carolina Olivares
Editor of the Year: Taylor Boser
The judges this year were Alex Apple ’13, Andrea Drusch ’11 and Samantha Ehlinger ’15.
The program also included a short induction ceremony for Kappa Tau Alpha honor society members, performed by Journalism Professor Chip Stewart.