The Rambler Media Group received 29 awards for journalistic excellence at the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association’s 2015 convention in San Antonio.

The awards include first place for Best Website Navigation for therambler.org and second in the Best of Show newspaper category for the Feb. 11, 2015 print edition. In 2014 the RMG won 19 awards.

The 2015 TIPA conference was held April 8-11.

“This is the most we have ever won,” said Dr. Kay Colley, RMG’s student media director. “We did well in the online categories and in the podcast sections and we have some things that we are continuing to do well on and I am looking forward to us even improving on that.”

The RMG “branching out beyond just the newspaper over the past few years is starting to reap benefits,” said Dr. Steven Daniell, dean of the School of Arts and Letters.

Daniell said he believes that the Mass Communication Department’s curriculum redesign will reinforce the gains made by the Rambler Media Group in the next several years.

“Although the MCO redesign has been a while in coming, it has actually followed Ram Media rather than the other way around,” Daniell said.

The Rambler Media Group’s 2015 TIPA awards include:

Onsite Awards

  • 2nd Place: Best of Show
  • TV Advertising, Second Place: Brianna Kessler
  • PR Crisis Management, Honorable Mention: Valerie Spears

Previously Published or Broadcast Competition: January 1, 2014-December 21, 2014

Total number of awards: 26

1st Place: 3

  • Online Division 2, Best Website Navigation: Ryan Grounds for therambler.org
  • Newspaper, Division 5, Sports Feature Story:Jessica Liptak
  • Newspaper Division 5, Editorial, Staff

2nd Place: 8

  • Online Division 2, Best Audio Slideshow: Jessica Liptak
  • Newspaper Division 5, Critical Review: Dakota Baggett
  • Newspaper Division 5, General Column: Erica Estrada
  • Newspaper Division 5, Sports Column: John Ortega
  • Newspaper Division 5, Feature Story: Paula Justice
  • Newspaper Division 5, Photo Illustration: David Hagen, Kalvin Watson, Claudia Ikeizumi
  • Newspaper Division 5, Editorial Cartoon: Erica Estrada
  • Newspaper Division 5, Feature Page Design: Paula Justice

3rd Place–5

  • Online Division 2, Multimedia Package: Jessica Liptak
  • Newspaper Division 5, Overall Excellence: The Rambler
  • Newspaper Division 5, Photo Illustration: Claudia Ikeizumi
  • Newspaper Division 5, News Photo: Paula Justice
  • Newspaper Division 5, Sports Feature Photo: Hemonto Mondal

Honorable Mention: 10

  • Television Sportscast: Jose Najar and Ryan Grounds
  • Online Division 2, Recurring Podcast: Ryan Grounds, John Ortega, Stephen Todey
  • Online Division 2, Best Interactivity: Ryan Grounds
  • Newspaper Division 5, Op/Ed Page Design: Erica Estrada
  • Newspaper Division 5, In-Depth Reporting: Rosy Perez
  • Newspaper Division 5, Ad Design: Claudia Ikeizumi
  • Newspaper Division 5, Single Subject Design: David Hagen and Claudia Ikeizumi
  • Newspaper Division 5, Feature Page Design: Paula Justice
  • Newspaper Division 5, Page 1 Design: David Hagen and Claudia Ikeizumi
  • Newspaper Division 5: Editorial, Staff