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.”
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.
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.