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Two now-former Beacon staffers who graduated in May are interning as reporters at two Oregon publications this summer.

Former News and Managing Editor Maddie Pfeifer is reporting for The Portland Business Journal.

Former Opinion Editor Dora Totoian, selected through the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism, is reporting for the McMinnville News Register.

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It’s hard to keep up with the exciting things Beacon alumni are doing. Some members of the class of 2017 are especially worthy of note. You may have already seen the work of these recent Beacon staffers in their high profile careers:

Malika Andrews (Beacon Editor-in-Chief 2016-17) covers the NBA for ESPN. In recent months, she has appeared regularly on “The Jump.”

Malika on The Jump

Clare Duffy, (2015-2017) News and Managing Editor covers technology for CNN Business.

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Ben Arthur (Sports Editor 2016-17) covers the Seattle Seahawks for the Seattle P.I.

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They’ve come a long way from The Beacon newsroom in St. Mary’s.

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One of the benefits of being on The Beacon is connecting with Beacon alumni in a personal and professional way. During our trip to the annual College Media Association conference in New York, we met up with Rachel Ramirez (UP ’18), who gave us a tour of the Financial Times.

Rachel had done an extended internship there and graciously introduced us to editors and other FT staff members.

Later, we met 2017-18 Beacon Editor-in-Chief Rachel Rippetoe at the (CUNY) Newmark School of Journalism, where she is getting her master’s degree. Clare Duffy, 2016-17 Beacon News and Managing Editor joined us. She is getting her master’s in journalism at Columbia University, after working for a year at the Portland Business Journal.

Here are photos from that day.


In the New York office of the Financial Times, which is based in London.




Former Beacon reporter Rachel Ramirez (UP ’18) explaining a reference chart Financial Times reporters use to determine what kind of graph to use to illustrate data.


Beacon staffers with Rachel Ramirez (UP 18) and James Fontanella-Khan, US Corporate Finance and Deals Editor for the Financial Times


News you can wear!


Rachel Ramirez with Beacon adviser Nancy Copic at the Financial Times


2017-18 Beacon Editor-in-Chief Rachel Rippetoe leads Beacon staffers on a tour of the Newmark School of Journalism’s newsroom


Beacon alumni Rachel Rippetoe and Clare Duffy meeting up with current Beacon staffers

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On our first full day in New York, we had the opportunity to on a tour of the Financial Times. This was something I was looking forward to because I love being able to see how newsrooms operate. The first thing that struck me when I arrived was that the print copies of the paper were a shade of pink!

I was not super familiar with the Financial Times before visiting the newsroom, but I definitely learned a lot on the tour. We met different members of the staff including editors, reporters, video producers, social media specialists, podcast/audio producers and more. It was cool to see how the newsroom was comprised of people with such varying skills.

This really emphasized to me how many people it takes to have a successful newsroom. It is so important in the constantly changing media landscape that we live in to have people with a variety of skills that are able to innovate and adapt to create the best content using the most effective mediums. I also think the tour of the Financial Times helped me to see the necessity of having multiple skills–not just being able to write but being able to take decent photos or make enticing graphics.

The Financial Times is an international publication which means they are constantly receiving information from all over the globe so they really have to sift through the information to decide what is newsworthy. This showed me how important judgement is when it comes to working in the newsroom because they only have so many employees and they cannot write about every story that comes their way.

Another interesting part of the tour was going into the video production room at the Financial Times. I enjoyed learning about how they shoot videos covering financial/business topics and make them engaging.

Overall, I think something that was emphasized on the tour was how many people who work at the Financial Times will start working on a project that they think has potential and eventually, if they prove themselves, they get support from the company. This was what happened with the video and podcasting departments.

I think that this process applies to college newsrooms as well. As student journalists, we have the opportunity to experiment and we also happen to be pretty tech-savvy, so I think that now is the time for us to be trying new things and learning how to engage more with our audience. The tour of the Financial Times was really informative and inspired me to think about what we can do at The Beacon to really grow and evolve!

– Maddie Pfeifer

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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 Beacon has won three First Place  2017-18 Pinnacle Awards from the College Media Association, a national organization representing student media organizations from colleges and universities throughout the U.S.

First Place in Editorial Writing went to 2017-18 Editor-in-Chief Rachel Rippetoe, now pursuing her master’s degree at the Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York (CUNY), for “UP’s Sexist Culture Starts and Ends at the Top.”

Beacon Multimedia Editor Annika Gordon won Best Sports News Photo for this shot of Men’s Basketball Coach Terry Porter and a referee:

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

The prize for First Place for Feature Writing went to current Beacon Editor-in-Chief Hannah Sievert for “Call to the Church.”

Rachel Rippetoe also won a Second Place Pinnacle Award for General News Writing for “Rocky Start.”

The Beacon also won an Honorable Mention for Best Social Media Presence.  2017-18 Beacon Engagement Editor Erin Bothwell deserves much of the credit for that.

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2016-17 Beacon editor-in-chief Malika Andrews covering the 2018 Super Bowl for the New York Times. ESPN has signed Malika to cover the Chicago Bulls. Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves.

Pretty heady stuff for someone whose bachelor’s degree is less than two-years-old. Here’s the full story (by Hannah Sievert) from The Beacon:

Malika Andrews, 2016-17 editor-in-chief of The Beacon, has joined ESPN as an NBA regional reporter. Less than two years out of college, she will cover the Chicago Bulls, Milwaukee Bucks and Minnesota Timberwolves out of ESPN’s Chicago office. The job includes writing and reporting, TV appearances for ESPN’s NBA coverage and weekly radio appearances for shows across the ESPN platform.

“I’m honored to have them see some sort of talent in me,” Andrews said. “Following in the footsteps of those incredibly talented journalists and doing that sort of important work is absolutely a dream come true.”

According to Andrews, she is ESPN’s only female regional NBA reporter — well-known ESPN women reporters Jackie MacMullan and Ramona Shelburne are national — and the only woman of color covering the NBA for ESPN overall.

Before ESPN, Andrews was working at The Chicago Tribune covering the Chicago Bulls. Prior to the Tribune, she was a James Reston Fellow at The New York Times for her first year out of college. Her new job will include frequent traveling and getting to know the players she covers.

“It’s definitely a grind,” she said. “The unknown and bouncing around and new cities and new voices is part of what keeps this job exciting.”

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Malika Andrews interviewing Terry Porter in 2016, right after he was named coach of the UP men’s basketball team.

Andrews always knew she didn’t want to work the traditional nine-to-five workday, although she didn’t always know that she wanted to be a sports reporter. She started working at The Beacon during her sophomore year, and quickly moved up the ranks from reporter, to sports editor, to editor-in-chief her senior year.

“When Malika first started working at The Beacon her sophomore year, she had zero journalism experience,” Nancy Copic, assistant director for student media and adviser to The Beacon, said. “But her moxie, willingness to learn and intellectual curiosity made her an immediate standout…Nothing about Malika’s success as a young professional surprises me.”

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Malika Andrews working the sports beat for the Chicago Tribune in mid-2018. Next Stop: ESPN

While she was editor-in-chief, Andrews covered difficult stories like UP’s basketball transition from the firing of head coach Eric Reveno to the hiring of Terry Porter, and the story of a sexual assault allegation. With her best friend and 2016-17 News and Managing Editor Clare Duffy (’17), Andrews spearheaded the transition from weekly newspaper to all-digital.

Andrews’ Beacon stories won numerous awards at the state, regional and national levels.

Her work at The Beacon also led to summer internships at KOIN TV and the Denver Post, as well as the New York Times. She covered the Portland Trail Blazers for the Associated Press while she was on The Beacon staff.

Andrews credits her experience at The Beacon for teaching her the skills she relies on in the professional world.

When Andrews was a sophomore, then-editor-in-chief Katie Dunn transitioned the sports section from centering on sports highlights and game coverage, to focus on how sports extends to culture and politics. That transition reflected what was happening in professional sports journalism.

“I think that mindset was definitely a Beacon-driven mindset, and has served me at my job now,” Andrews said. “I learned the fundamentals at The Beacon and the fundamentals of writing are so incredibly important.”

For those who want to make it to ESPN one day, or into a high position in another industry, Andrews recommends reaching out to professionals and asking them how they got to where they are. She also recommends taking advantage of opportunities outside the classroom, such as student media or another extra-curricular in a desired field.

“Writing every day, studying those in your industry who do it best, being curious and working really, really freaking hard will serve you well,” she said.

This week, Andrews’ hard work pays off in her new position at the Chicago ESPN office. After seeing her on the weekly Arthur and Andrews segment with Ben Arthur (’17) a few years ago, students may now see Andrews on TV or hear her on the radio working with people who have been her role models for years.

“If someone had told me that I would get to do all of these really cool things and meet all of these insanely talented people less than two years out of college, I would have told them they were nuts,” she said.


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Clare Duffy and Malika Andrews with a cart of Beacon newspapers outside the Beacon newsroom in Spring 2016. They spearheaded The Beacon’s transition from weekly print newspaper to 24/7 all-digital news operation the following fall.

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Rachel Ramirez, Rachel Rippetoe and Olivia Sanchez at the Online News Association conference last fall. All are pursuing journalism careers.

2018 grads Rachel Rippetoe and Rachel Ramirez have been selected for the Dow Jones News Fund internship program. They will soon head to New York University for a week of training to prepare them for paid summer journalism internships.

Rachel Rippetoe will intern at The Nashville Business Journal. Upon completion of her internship, Rachel will go to CUNY (City University of New York) to get a master’s in journalism.

Rachel Ramirez will spend the summer in Philadelphia as a reporter for Wearables, Counselor and Advantage magazines.

Olivia Sanchez starts her master’s program this summer at the journalism school at the University of Oregon.

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2018-19 Editor-in-Chief Hannah Sievert will intern as a reporter at the Daily Astorian this summer, an ethics-based internship program sponsored by the Charles Snowden Excellence in Journalism Program.

Rising senior and 2018-19 Beacon Editor-in-Chief Hannah Sievert has been awarded an internship through the Charles Snowden Excellence in Journalism program. Hannah will have a reporting internship at the Daily Astorian on the Oregon coast.

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