Students Recognized for Distinguished Work in Journalism

Guests are seated for the 2019 Milner Awards luncheon and program.

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.

Omar Villafranca speaks to the audience at the annual Milner Awards luncheon.

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.

New and current members of the Kappa Tau Alpha honor society pose for a photo.

New and current members of the Kappa Tau Alpha honor society pose for a photo.

 

Associate Professor of Journalism Uche Onyebadi presents awards to students.

Uche Onyebadi, associate professor of journalism, presents awards to students.