For years, this university has been rightfully known for
its technical accomplishments, namely the fields of biomedical engineering,
nanotechnology and esteemed sports programs.
Now it is the journalism department’s turn to step up
from the shadows cast by the other, far larger programs.
A Tech journalism alumnus in Biloxi, Miss., did something
no Tech graduate has done before. Stan Tiner, of The Sun Herald, accepted a
Pulitzer Prize for his paper’s coverage of Hurricane Katrina in Southern
“We are incredibly honored that our paper would be
recognized like that,” Tiner said.
Though staff members lost their homes along side their
neighbors, the staff remained dedicated to their paper, and the coverage of the destruction continued.
Tech President Dan Reneau called Tiner’s achievement “a
milestone.” The winning of this award has pushed the university nearer to the
center stage it is steadily earning.
“I think it’s a very big deal for this department and the
university. We want to show off our great achievements,” Reneau said.
The department of journalism is one of the smallest
programs on campus, with only four professors and fewer than 20 graduates per
As with most small departments, however, we are fiercely
proud of the achievements of our undergraduates, faculty and alumni.
Journalism has always felt confident in its university
role. This newspaper is advised by the department, and The Tech Talk and
Tech journalism are almost synonymous.
Now there is campus-wide, recognizable proof of what we have always known.
Our undergraduates have interned from the local Ruston
Daily Leader to Seventeen magazine in New York City. Our alumni are scattered
from Florida to Wyoming, and most places in between. Though the average student
may not recognize this, media outlets around the nation request Tech graduates
when filling new positions.
We at The Tech Talk realize that students attending this
university are attending the best school possible. Excellence begets
excellence; our graduates are not merely riding on the coattails of their
predecessors, they are picking up where the alumni have left off and blazing
trails of their own.
We extend our congratulations to Tiner for the Pulitzer
Prize, and other journalism alumni for their many achievements. We congratulate
our peers in the fields of biomedical engineering, nanotechnology, esteemed
sports programs and others who are good at what they do.
We stand with you in pride of our university and alumni.
Keep up the good work.