The Battalion kicks off fall 2009, receives state crime prevention media award
Published: Thursday, May 20, 2010
Updated: Wednesday, July 25, 2012 22:07
Aug. 27, 2009 — The Battalion, the student newspaper of Texas A&M University, was recognized by the Texas Crime Prevention Association through the University Police Department at its opening staffwide meeting in Cain Hall. The staff was awarded the 2009 Outstanding Crime Prevention Media.
University Chief of Police Elmer Schneider, Assistant Chief Bert Kretzschmar and Master Officer Kristi Hosea presented the plaque to the Editor in Chief Amanda Casanova and the staff of The Battalion. "It's a really big deal," Schneider said to the staff. Each region submitted an award winner and the association decided on the statewide award.
"We are proud of the connection we have with the staff," Hosea said. "The award accumulated after two years of relationships built with editors and reporters."
The crime prevention award was based on coverage of sexual assault prevention and a weekly feature on stopping crime on campus. The association looked for the management and staff who most supportive of the goals and objectives of a crime prevention activities.
The Battalion staff also learned ways to communicate with the College Station Police Department. Lt. Rodney Sigler, public information officer, and Master Officer Rhonda Seaton shared how they work to get the word out to the campus community. They also showed the students what the department is allowed to share with the public about incidents under investigation.
Jason Cook, vice president of marketing and communication for Texas A&M, discussed ways to improve communication between the staff and the university.
April Saginor, communication director of the City of Bryan, who is a former Battalion staff member, shared her experience as a reporter and now a public relations officer. She answered questions and encouraged students to explore downtown Bryan.