Archive for October, 2021

Beacon teamwork continues at CNN

Recently, two Beacon alums – Clare Duffy (’17) and Rachel Ramirez (’18) – teamed up for a story at CNN. It’s about the environmental impact of replacing your old cell phone with a new one rather than getting the old one repaired.

Clare reports for CNN Business, and Rachel recently joined CNN’s new team focused on climate change.

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NBA Today debuts on ESPN with Malika Andrews

That’s our 2016-17 editor-in-chief!

She was fantastic, as usual.

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The Beacon has won First Place in several categories, including Best Website, in the annual Pacific Northwest Association of Journalism Educators (PNAJE) Awards. The winning content is especially noteworthy because the students produced all of it from a “virtual newsroom.”

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced the campus to shut down and moved classes online in Spring 2020, Beacon staff doubled down on reporting, relying heavily on Zoom, Slack, Google Docs and phone calls to collaborate. Although campus partially reopened for Spring Semester 2021, classes remained virtual and so did Beacon operations.

Unsurprisingly, the pandemic was (and continues to be) such a looming presence that there was a COVID-19 angle in many of the stories The Beacon did in the 2020-21 academic year.

Scroll to see The Beacon winners in the PNAJE awards.

First Place:

General News Reporting“What did I just eat? “ – Kate Cuadrado

Feature Reporting- “Zoom fatigue and all-nighters- Online learning takes a toll on students’ mental health” – Carlos Fuentes

Personality Profile “Battling cancer in a global pandemic”– Haviland Stewart

Sports Feature Reporting“I’m not going to sit around and just do nothing” – William Seekamp

Review- Megan Rapinoe’s ‘One Life’ tells a story of wins, losses and finding the balance” – Carlos Fuentes

News Photo “Toxic air fills The Bluff” – Ryan Reynolds

Headline writing “If COVID doesn’t take you out, can I?” – Haviland Stewart

Best use of multimedia storytelling“Interactive Graphics: Pandemic brings salary cut and furloughs to UP” – Austin De Dios

Best websiteThe Beacon

Second Place:

Comprehensive CoverageVP blows the whistle on ‘racism, sexism and tokenism’ in upper administration -Austin De Dios and Gabi DiPaulo

Individual Commentary What the pandemic has taught me about loneliness” – Mia Werner

Photo Illustration“Computers get Zoom fatigue too” – Brennan Crowder

Best Use of Multimedia Storytelling-

Timeline: In honor of the Class of 2021, watch the last four years unfold” – Gabi DiPaulo

Third Place

Personality Profile“From UP student to Pilot landlord” – Brie Haro

Sports Photo “Miles Robinson fight for the ball” – Molly Lowney

Honorable Mention

Personality ProfileArlene Goetze: Past and present” – Sadie Wuertz

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