A Beacon photograph taken at the Inauguration of UP President Fr. Mark Poorman last September has won First Place for Breaking News Photography in the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Mark of Excellence Awards regional competition.
Freshman photojournalist Hannah Baade took the photo titled “A Hug Between Presidents.” It shows Poorman hugging ASUP President John Julius Muwulya after Muwulya presented him with a watch as an inauguration gift.
As a First Place regional winner, the photo now advances to the national SPJ Mark of Excellence Awards competition. National winners will be announced at the SPJ Excellence in Journalism conference in Orlando September 18-20.
The competition featured entries from collegiate newspapers in five western states: Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.
The following Beacon entries were regional finalists:
For In-Depth Reporting, “Are we pushing forward or rolling backward?” by Lydia Laythe (Kelsey Thomas, editor-in-chief)
For Photo Illustration – “It’s Your $85” by Rebekah Markillie and Maggie Hannon (Kelsey Thomas, editor-in-chief)