Brief History

Nation’s oldest student press association continues to grow

With the original 1909 meeting at Baylor, the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) became the oldest collegiate press association in the nation and has grown into one of the largest and most respected collegiate groups in the country.

Contests have grown from three initial competitions to contests in general magazine, radio, television, online, two divisions of yearbook, two divisions of literary magazine and four divisions of newspaper, plus more than a dozen on-site contests during the annual convention.

TIPA also presents at least $4,000 per year in scholarships to students representing two-year and four-year institutions and annually recognizes a faculty adviser as Adviser of the Year. This award is special because recipients are nominated by their student staff members.

With almost a century of student press leadership by TIPA, it is only fitting that the association continues to grow, maintain itself as an example to others and continue to recognize its leaders, members and students who have passed through TIPA on their way to excellence in their chosen field.