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Journalism Program Hosts Virtual Awards Ceremony

In conjunction with the Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, the Department of Communication/Journalism program hosted a virtual 2020 Barbara Jordan Media Award ceremony recognizing media professionals and student journalists from across Texas for work published in 2019.


In conjunction with the Texas Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities, the 2020 Barbara Jordan Media Award ceremony was hosted virtually by the Department of Communication/Journalism to recognize media professionals and student journalists from across Texas for work published in 2019 which accurately and positively reports on individuals with disabilities.

Established in 1982, the Barbara Jordan Media Awards recognize the respectful, accurate portrayal of people with disabilities by professionals and students in all forms of media. In response to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic, GCPD and the Texas A&M University Department of Communication/Journalism created a virtual awards program honoring the winners and highlighting their outstanding work. 

Two winners in the college division, Rebecca Sloane and Sarah Hoenig, were recognized for work created in JOUR 203, Media Writing I, a required course for the Journalism major and minor in the Department of Communication. Sloane’s video about ASL translators becoming a regular part of Midnight Yell practice was published by The Battalion, Texas A&M’s official student multimedia. Hoenig’s print feature about a Bryan Beep Baseball team was published by regional lifestyle magazine Insite Brazos Valley.

The winners of the 2020 Barbara Jordan Media Awards are: 

College Broadcast Rebecca Sloane, The Battalion (College Station) Year Two: Signing the Midnight Yell 

College Print Magazine Sarah Hoenig, Insite Brazos Valley magazine (Bryan) Beep Baseball: Making Dreams Come True

High School Documentary Eaglevision Film Productions, Lindale High School (Lindale) Students Miles Hill, Braulio Navarro, Lauren Knox, Jeffrey Ptak, Jude Ratcliff, and Ashlynn Brice Miniature Blessings: Where Community Meets the Classroom

High School Journalism Jordan Ramsey and Jacob Choi, Eagle Nation Network, Prosper High School Run, Mabry, Run

Photojournalism Lola Gómez, Austin American-Statesman Just Like Me

Radio Podcast Shelly Brisbin, Relay FM (Austin) 36 Seconds That Changed Everything: How the iPhone Learned to Talk

Radio Broadcast (Series) Laura Isensee, Houston Public Media Texas Students Fighting for Special Education Services

Broadcast Feature Walt Maciborski, KEYE-TV (Austin) Game On!

Broadcast Entertainment Teresa Woodard, WFAA-TV (Dallas) I’m Not Less: They have autism, and the video games they develop are hitting it big

Print Feature Suzanne Garofalo, Houston Chronicle Daughter of the Water

Print Profile Megan Rodriguez, The Bryan-College Station Eagle Bridget Frank: Facing challenges, pursuing her passion

Print News Mary Huber, Austin American-Statesman The Long March to Healing: One soldier’s recovery after the Fort Hood shooting

Print Magazine Britni McAshan, Texas Medical Center’s Pulse magazine (Houston) Shooting for Gold: An elite athlete sets her sights on the Paralympics