Archive for February, 2019

A few staffers got a behind-the-scenes look at KGW News recently.

They were invited to attend the morning planning meeting, tour the newsroom and studio, meet with News Anchor and UP alum Brenda Braxton, chat with the investigative team and meet with the Digital Managing Editor. Here are some photos from the visit:

KGW News Director Rick Jacobs explains the news assigning process to Beacon staffers before the morning meeting.


Managers, producers, writers and reporters plan the day’s coverage in the morning meeting.


Anchor Brenda Braxton, who has been with KGW since 1989 is a UP alum and former Regent. She also is a former Beacon news editor.


Brenda generously took some time to chat with us.

Digital Managing Editor Jeff Thompson demonstrates some of the tools the KGW digital team uses.

KGW Investigative Reporter Kyle Iboshi explains his latest project to Beacon staffers

All smiles in the KGW lobby (l to r): Beacon staffers Sam Cushing, Jeff Braccia, Kyle Garcia, Erica Lavik, Jamison White, Claire Desmarais and adjunct multimedia instructor Zach Putnam


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The Columbia Scholastic Press Association has awarded The Beacon several Gold Circle Awards for  Digital Media:

Breaking News- Second Place: Claire Desmarais “Protest Over Scalia’s LGBTQ Views Draws Hundreds” 

News writing (planned news)
Second Place: Rachel Rippetoe, “Rocky Start: Health Center Frustrates Some with Lack of Transparency,” 

Personal opinion: On-campus issues
First Place: Rachel Rippetoe, “UP’s Sexist Culture Starts and Ends at the Top” 

Second Place: Olivia Sanchez, “Why I Felt Trapped by Violent Misogyny at the Wally Awards” 

General or humor commentary
First Place: Erin Bothwell, “Adulting with Erin” 

Interactive graphic
Second Place: Autumn Fluetsch, “Civil Rights Immersion Timeline”  

The following Certificates of Merit were awarded:

Personality profile- Olivia Sanchez, “A Veteran’s Journey: From Combat to the Classroom” 

General feature- Hannah Sievert, “Call to the Church,” 

Video News Package- David Jacobs, “Students Lead Protest Against Red Mass Speaker Scalia” 

Single sports photograph- Certificate of Merit: Annika Gordon, “Pilots Fall to St. Mary’s”

terry porter REF confrontation

Tense moments between Pilots Men’s Basketball Coach Terry Porter and a referee Photo by Annika Gordon

Full list of awards here.


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Student Press Freedom Day 2019

Home page editorial to observe the occasion.student press freedom signs and tower photo

Reporter Maddie Pfeiffer and photojournalist Jeff Braccia showing hospitality at our Espresso UP event, where we had a drawing for an audio speaker


Student Press Freedom Day lawn sign


Student press Freedom home page top 2019

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