Junior Josh McSwain wins TIPA designer of the year award

Josh McSwain received the designer of the year award from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA). Photo illustration by Grace Everett

By Junna Miyazaki | Journalist

Southlake junior Josh McSwain recently received the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association (TIPA) Designer of the Year Award at the organization’s 2022 convention. TIPA is the oldest state collegiate press association in the nation and has become one of the largest and most respected collegiate groups in the nation.

According to media advisor and TIPA President Julie Reed, McSwain competed against newspaper designers, magazine designers and yearbook designers.

“On all of that, he won against everyone in Texas,” Reed said.

McSwain submitted five of his designs to the contest. Additionally, McSwain and Reed separately wrote a letter to submit to the contest.

“He’s so talented and a hard worker,” Reed said. “He was an editor for Roundup. He is a very good designer. He became a photo editor, and he created a hybrid design-photo editor job.

McSwain said Natalie Brown, his former adviser at Carroll Senior High School, influenced him and taught him how to prepare to enter the world of competitive journalism. It was she who convinced him to start applying for national awards in photography and design.

“She induced that in me to have that competitive spirit,” McSwain said. “She had a very competitive spirit all her life and she based her classes on that same spirit. She saw my potential and always pushed me. She taught me to accept criticism, which allowed me to to become more of a team player.

McSwain said Brown had an influence on her professional life even beyond high school. He still contacts her occasionally to ask for design advice and to introduce her to the work he has done in college.

“I had no idea the world of journalism was so competitive,” McSwain said. “I was thrown into the yearbook, and [Brown] showed me what other people were creating for these awards, and it inspired me to work hard. It instilled in me a belief that leads me to maintain the highest standards for myself and not settle for anything less than perfect.

At the TIPA conference, McSwain was able to showcase his pursuit of excellence to student and professional journalists across the state. He said he liked being able to participate in live contests, attend conferences and roundtables, network at a job fair and interact with other academic journalists.

In the future, McSwain said he hopes to become a pilot as well as an NFL photographer. He currently has several jobs and hobbies that he hopes will one day lead to his dream career.

“I get bored easily; I can’t just take my major and just focus on that,” McSwain said. “My hobbies are mainly photography and visual design, and after I started getting accolades and competing nationally, I started believing I could make a career out of it. I realized that “I could market my skills and I aim to continue to develop them to the full. I love everything I do. I keep busy, but I love it. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”


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