Congratulations to Beacon editor-in-chief Andy Matarrese and reporter Hannah Gray. Both are finalists in the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards for Region 10 (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana).
This is a big deal for a few reasons, one being that The Beacon was competing with not just weekly college newspapers, but the gigantic esteemed dailies as well.
Andy is one of three finalists for Best Editorial Writing.
Hannah is one of three finalists for General News Reporting.
The other two finalists in Hannah’s category were reporters from The Daily from the University of Washington and The Daily Emerald from the University of Oregon, both gargantuan schools with big newspaper staffs and reputable journalism programs.
The other two finalists for best editorial writing are from Washington State University – another journalism behemoth- (The Daily Evergreen) and Whitworth College (The Whitworthian) Although Whitworth is even smaller than UP, it too has a journalism program and its paper has an excellent reputation.
Whoever gets first place will be entered in the national SPJ Mark of Excellence competition.
Winners will be announced at a banquet in Seattle on April 10. Let’s keep our fingers crossed for Andy and Hannah!