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Cheyenne Schoen, who was 2016-17 Beacon Copy Editor/Sr. Reporter, now lives in Pittsburgh and works on the communications team for the United Steelworkers Union. Her responsibilities include writing for the union magazine and responding to media inquiries.

Cheyenne was a recent guest at a Beacon staff meeting, where she talked about how she uses the skills she learned at The Beacon in her current role, and what it’s like to be on the other side of reporting.

Cheyenne’s responsibilities include writing for this magazine


Cheyenne in The Beacon newsroom on election night 2016
Cheyenne with fellow Beacon staffer Clare Duffy in 2016 at a reception celebrating their completion of their summer internships through the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism
Cheyenne and the rest of The Beacon staff in the newsroom in 2016

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UPDATE: In Fall 2022, Ben became an NFL reporter for Fox Sports, covering the AFC South.

Ben Arthur, 2016-17 Beacon Sports Editor covers the NFL, specifically the Tennessee Titans for The Tennessean newspaper in Nashville.

Ben recently joined a newsroom Zoom meeting to talk about his career path from The Beacon to his internships (KOIN TV and Denver Post), and his jobs at a the Laredo Morning Times in Laredo, Texas, followed by a stint covering the Seahawks and other sports for the Seattle PI and now the Tennessean.

Ben Arthur discussing the Seahawks in a guest appearance on KING TV’s “Newday Northwest” show in Seattle
Throwback: Ben Arthur and Malika Andrews in the Beacon newsroom in 2015 working on their weekly sports video “Arthur & Andrews”
Ben and Malika interviewing UP Men’s basketball coach Eric Reveno in 2015

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Jan 13 staff meeting: Inspiration from Queen Malika , 2016-17 Beacon editor-in-chief

Malika hosting NBA Today on ESPN
Malika interviewing Halle Barry at the 2021 ESPNW Women’s Summit

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Winners to be announced June 8. More information here.

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Click below to see Portland Magazine (Summer 2020) article by Roya Ghorbani-Elizeh

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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.

Clare Duffy CNN profile page

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

Ben podcast

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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