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TCC’s Student Newspaper and Art & Literary Magazine Receive Top Ranking Statewide

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (December 10, 2013) – The Tallahassee Community College campus newspaper and art and literary magazine ranked among the top state and community colleges at the 2013 Florida College System Publications Association (FCSPA) annual awards ceremony in Tampa at the Westin Harbour Island. TCC sponsors attendance each year to the FCSPA conference for both newspaper and magazine production students.

The Talon, TCC’s student newspaper, received awards in 9 of 18 categories, including first place for Sports Writing, awarded to Britt Lewis, who was in attendance to accept the award. The newspaper also received second place for Arts Review, and third place for News Photo, Sports Photo, Picture Story, Sports Column and General Column, and Editorial. Winning third place for Feature Story was Allison Kridle, also present at the conference. "Receiving the award made me very thankful for the knowledge that I acquired through attending TCC and through being a writer for The Talon," said Kridle. "The conference was very helpful with my journalistic writing skills. I learned a lot about how media is a large part of the profession."


The Eyrie, TCC’s student art and literary magazine, also made its mark with awards in four categories, placing third in the state for Cover, Editing, and Staff Page. In addition, receiving second place for Individual Photo was Yodalis Fuentes’ “Artist.”

“The Talon and the Eyrie have a long-standing reputation of excellence in the state.  Additionally, both student publications afford students an opportunity to work collaboratively to achieve a common goal,” said Dr. Marge Banocy-Payne, dean of TCC’s Division of Communications and Humanities.

Entries from 34 of Florida’s college publications were eligible for FCSPA’s 2013 contest, and were judged by award-winning professionals in the field.

This year, the FCSPA offered a variety of workshops addressing print, online and art and literary magazine publication. The three-day conference also conducted tours of WFLA Channel 8 and the Tampa Tribune, and onsite contests in which TCC student Jordan Michael received recognition for his on-the-spot news article on conference presenter, Charles Harris.

The Eyrie is currently offering two opportunities for students to become involved with the award-winning publication. Students can now submit their creative work for possible publication in the 2014 issue, enroll in the Spring semester magazine production course or both. For more information on these two editorial opportunities, visit TCC’s main web site.

For further information on the Eyrie and the Talon, contact Nicolette Costantino at (850) 201-6512 or

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