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The Beacon has won First Place for General Excellence among weekly college newspapers in the annual statewide collegiate media competition of the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.

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This was just one of 25 awards The Beacon staff took home from the conference. Unfortunately, the event took place one week after UP’s graduation, so much of our staff had already scattered to their family homes, many out-of-state. Beacon MVP Shellie Adams literally had her hands full as the only staffer who was able to attend.

Shellie Adams, Beacon Design Editor and 2014 MVP at the ONPA awards luncheon

Shellie Adams, Beacon Design Editor and 2014 MVP at the ONPA awards luncheon

Here’s a complete list of ONPA awards The Beacon won:

First Place

  • General Excellence- Beacon Staff
  • Website www.upbeacon.com - Kelsey Thomas, John Liedtke
  • News Story- “Trouble in the Air” by Lauria Frazier
  • Series- Chiles Incident coverage and editorial by Lydia Laythe, Philip Ellefson. Assist by Sarah Hansell and Kelsey Thomas
  • Feature Story-“Nothing to Rave About” by Megan Lester with assist by Sarah Hansell, Emily Strocher
  • Spot News Photo- “Pilot Spirit (Eric Reveno) in a Kilt” by David DiloretoReveno in kilt
  • Feature Photo-”Squirrel steals an Easter Egg” by Jackie JeffersSquirrel
  • (overall) Photography- Becca Tabor
  • Best Graphic- “Syria 101″ by Shellie Adams and Nastacia Voisin
  • House Ad-”This could be you” by Emily Strocher

Second Place

  • Best Section-Sarah Hansell, Megan Lester, Olivia Alsept-Ellis, Lydia Laythe
  • Special Section- “Student Media Jobs Guide” by Shellie Adams and Kelsey Thomas
  • Writing-”Don’t Get An Internship, “Remember Them,” and “Have Faith in the Harry Potter Generation” by Kate Stringer
  • Columnist- Kate Stringer
  • Sports Story- “Selfless, Touch, Compassionate” by Peter Gallagher
  • Best Graphic-”Do you know your new laws?” by Emily Strocher, Lydia Laythe
  • Best Cartooning- Ann Truong

Third Place

  • News Story- “Chiles Incident Sparks Outrage, Dialogue” by Lydia Laythe w/assist from Kelsey Thomas and Sarah Hansell
  • Design- Shellie Adams
  • Series- Redefine Purple Pride, Nondiscrimination Clause coverage by Philip Ellefson, Nastacia Voisin, Kelsey Thomas
  • Review- “Oregon Shakespeare Festival” by Olivia Alsept-Ellis
  • Sports Photo- “Pilot spirit (Coach Eric Reveno) in a Kilt by David Diloreto
  • Feature Photo- “Irish Dancing: Almost Like Flying” by Becca Tabor
  • (overall) Photography- David Diloreto
  • Cartooning- Ann Truong

The Beacon competed in the category of “Four-year college or university non-daily newspaper.” Entries were judged by professional newspaper journalists from ONPA member media companies.

Shellie and I also attended some valuable presentations before the awards luncheon:

1) Willamette Week Managing Editor for News Brent Walth: “Great stories are about people…provide context and perspective.”

2) Les Zaitz, Pulitzer Prize finalist and investigative reporter at The Oregonian: “If you ask general questions, you’ll get general answers.”

Pulitzer Prize finalist and investigative reporter for The Oregonian Les Zaitz shows how he "connects the dots" in his investigative reporting.

Pulitzer Prize finalist and investigative reporter for The Oregonian Les Zaitz shows how he “connects the dots” in his investigative reporting.

3) Jordan Tichenor and Chelsea Wicks,  editors from the University of Oregon’s Daily Emerald shared their behind-the-scenes stories about major stories the Emerald has covered this year including the viral “Snow Brawl” video and

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the ongoing coverage of rape accusations against three UO basketball players.

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-Nancy Copic, Adviser to The Beacon

 

Ed. Board on the move On at the College Media convention in New York last March

Ed. Board on the move at the College Media convention in New York last March

Editor-in-Chief Kelsey Thomas

Editor-in-Chief Kelsey Thomas

News Editor Philip Ellefson

News Editor Philip Ellefson

Opinions Editor Lydia Laythe

Opinions Editor Lydia Laythe

Living Editor Cassie Sheridan

Living Editor Cassie Sheridan

Sports Editor Katie Dunn

Sports Editor Katie Dunn

Copy Editor/Reporter Nastacia Voisin

Copy Editor/Reporter Nastacia Voisin

Design Editor Rebekah Markillie

Design Editor Rebekah Markillie

Photo Editor/Photographer Alexandra Bush

Photo Editor/Photographer Alexandra Bush

Beacon reporter and 2014 graduate Olivia-Alsept Ellis has won First Place for General News Reporting in the regional Mark of Excellence Awards sponsored by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) for her story, “Cyber-confessions become Cyberbullying.”

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Olivia received her award May 3 at the SPJ regional journalism conference at the University of Oregon Turnbull Center in downtown Portland.  She competed against other student journalists from Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska in colleges and universities with fewer than 10,000 undergraduates. Olivia now advances to the national SPJ competition, whose winners will be announced at the “Excellence in Journalism” convention Sept. 4 – 6 in Nashville, Tennessee.

Olivia Alsept-Ellis with her First Place award for General News Reporting. The competition was among student newspapers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

Olivia Alsept-Ellis with her First Place award for General News Reporting. The competition was among student newspapers in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

The Beacon also was a Mark of Excellence finalist for Best All-Around Non-daily Student Newspaper in the region. Beacon sports reporter Peter Gallagher was a regional finalist for Sports Writing with his profile of UP basketball coach, Eric Reveno.

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Beacon editor-in-chief Kelsey Thomas, reporter Nastacia Voisin and reporter Olivia Alsept-Ellis attended the May 3 regional SPJ conference, where The Beacon won three awards.

Beacon editor-in-chief Kelsey Thomas, reporter Nastacia Voisin and reporter Olivia Alsept-Ellis attended the May 3 regional SPJ conference, where The Beacon won three awards. Student newspapers from five states competed: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

Not everyone was able to make it for this group shot outside St. Mary's, but we were thinking of them.

Not everyone was able to make it for this group shot outside St. Mary’s, but we were thinking of them.

At the end of each academic year, Beacon editors pass on their wisdom (and gag gifts) to their successors. Here are some photos from our final party.

-Nancy Copic

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It’s a wrap!

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A few Beacon staffers + adviser Nancy Copic following the end-of-the-year Student Activities Awards dinner. Sarah Hansell won the Spectacular Service Award; Cassie Sheridan was Rookie of they Year, and Shellie Adams won the MVP Award.

The Beacon has won three regional Mark of Excellence awards from the Society of Professional Journalists:

Best All-Around Non-daily Student Newspaper (colleges under 9,999 enrollment)
(Beacon Staff)
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General News Reporting:
“Cyber confessions become cyberbullying”
Reporter: Olivia Alsept-Ellis

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Best Sports Writing
“Selfless, tough, compassionate”
Reporter: Peter Gallagher
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The contest was open to all college media in SPJ Region 10 (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska). We’ll find out if we won First, Second or Third Place in these categories at the regional SPJ conference May 3 in the University of Oregon Turnbull Center in Portland. First Place award-winners proceed to the national SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards.

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