Silver Apple Media Award: Education reporter recognized

Published on Thursday, 24 April 2014 22:10 - Written by From Staff Reports

Emily Guevara, education writer for the Tyler Morning Telegraph, has been awarded the 2013-14 Silver Apple Media Award by the Texas Classroom Teachers Association.

Ms. Guevara, who won in the category for print/online publications with circulations of less than 50,000, was chosen because her work promotes understanding of teachers and Texas public schools and improves communication between educators and the community, representatives said.

“Most impressive to me is her reporting on the positive things students are doing,” Terrill Q. Littlejohn, a fourth-grade teacher from Midland who chairs the awards committee, said in a statement.

The awards committee, made up of TCTA members from across the state who are Texas public school educators, commended Ms. Guevara for her versatility. Her clips range from news articles on community issues such as bond elections to personal profiles that allow readers to get to know local teachers.

Ms. Guevara has covered education for the Tyler Paper since February 2010. Prior to that, she worked as a general assignments/breaking news reporter and education reporter at the Beaumont Enterprise. She holds a degree in journalism from Texas A&M University.

“I am honored to receive this award,” Ms. Guevara said. “To me it represents recognition for the work that I, the editors, copy editors and other reporters do daily to share news and people’s stories with our community. I am thankful for organizations like TCTA that recognize the value of journalism in communities.”

Managing Editor Brian Pearson said, “Education reporting is very important to this news organization, and it’s great to have the best in the state covering it for us.”

TCTA will honor Ms. Guevara and other statewide award winners June 26 at an awards luncheon during the association’s annual convention in Fort Worth, where educators from across the state will participate in continuing education seminars, elect leaders for statewide positions within TCTA, and vote on TCTA’s legislative and policy positions.

TCTA is the leading teacher association in Texas. Founded in 1927, it is a nonprofit, independent professional association based in Austin that serves 50,000 members statewide. It is the only statewide teachers’ association that limits active-level membership to those directly involved in classroom teaching or teaching support, including librarians, counselors and teacher aides.