Archive for August, 2020

As we head into a new and historic academic year, here’s a round-up of the most recent awards The Beacon won in 2019-20.

A photo by Beacon photographer Jennifer Ng won First Place for Breaking News Photography nationwide in the Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Awards. The Beacon competed against student publications at colleges and universities with fewer than 10,000 students.

Jennifer’s winning photo was shot during the massive Climate Strike demonstration in downtown Portland last fall.

Photographer Annika Gordon, who has won many awards for her photography, won a national award for opinion writing: First Place Gold Circle Award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for her personal commentary, “I’m racist, so are you. White people, let’s improve.”

Those were just two of many awards Beacon staffers recently won for their work in those two contests. The Beacon also won:

Third Place (nationally) for Best University Student Publication in the 2020 Catholic Press Association Media Awards.

Best Website for four-year colleges/universities in the annual competition sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Association of Journalism Educators (PNAJE).

Other winners and finalists:

Society of Professional Journalists regional Mark of Excellence Awards (Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, Alaska)

General news reporting –

FIRST PLACE: Madison Pfeifer – “DACA students await Supreme Court Decision”
Finalist- Gabi DiPaulo – “A City Split in two: Students travel to the border wall

In-depth reporting –

FIRST PLACE: Austin De Dios- “Tuition increases don’t tell the whole story
Finalist: Dora Totoian- “Diversity and inclusion progress report: INCOMPLETE

Feature Writing

FIRST PLACE: Catherine Cieminski- “Curb your enthusiasm: Should you really pet that dog?

Finalist: Dora Totoian – “Faculty celebrates community and leadership for F-Gen Day”

Finalist: Delaney Vetter- “More than my stature: Navigating life with dwarfism”

Editorial Writing

FIRST PLACE: Dora Totoian, Gabi DiPaulo and Delaney Vetter

Online/Digital Feature Videography-

FIRST PLACE: Elizabeth Lyons-Best- “Behind the Scenes of the Penelopiad

Breaking News Reporting

Finalist- Madison Pfeiffer- Owen Klinger disappearance and death coverage (collection of articles, updates)

General column writing

Finalists: Annika Gordon, Dora Tototian, Carlos Fuentes

Sports writing

Finalist- Jamison White: Jacobo Reyes: Broad experience, a steady presence and a tough choice

Finalist- Kyle Garcia: Mary Cain’s slam on Nike sheds light on her year at University of Portland

Sports Column Writing

Finalist- Kyle Garcia and Morgan Wahler

General News Photography

Finalist – Molly Lowney- DACA Candlelight Vigil

Sports Photography

Finalists – Brennan Crowder- Soccer team celebrates after a goal

Online Feature Reporting

Finalist: Ajay Davis, Brennan Crowder, Elizabeth Lyons-Best- “Behind the Scenes of the Penelopiad”

GOLD CIRCLE AWARDS – Columbia Scholastic Press Association

News Writing (Planned News)THIRD PLACE: Carlos Fuentes, “City Removes Unauthorized Stop Signs”

Video Feature PackageTHIRD PLACE– Erica Lavik and Elizabeth Lyons-Best, “Hip Hop Kyle”

Gold Circle certificates of merit:

Breaking News– Madison Pfeifer, “Brush Fires Set Near Campus Considered Suspicious” 

Photo Slideshow– Brennan Crowder, “A Pilot’s Inside Look at Indy Car”

Single Feature Photograph– Paula Ortiz Cazaubon, “Tanzanian Children Watch for Mass Wedding” 

Interactive Graphic– Austin De Dios, “Analysis: UP Tuition Increases Don’t Tell the Whole Story” 

2019-2020 Tuition Increases

Meal Plans

Discount Rates

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