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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”

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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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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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The College Media Association has announced finalists for its Pinnacle Awards, which “honor the best college media organizations and individual work.”  The Beacon is a finalist for five of these national awards:

Winners will be announced at CMA’s national fall convention in Louisville, Kentucky.


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The Columbia Scholastic Press Association, which is based at Columbia University in New York City, has awarded The Beacon eight Gold Circle Awards for Digital Media.

This national competition covered content published by student-run college media organizations during the 2016- 2017 academic year.

(Fun fact: Columbia University also administers the renowned Pulitzer Prize awards.)

The Beacon placed in the following categories: spot news photograph, sports photograph, editorial writing, breaking news, news writing (planned), general or humor commentary, informational graphics and interactive graphics.

The Beacon also won Certificates of Merit for news feature, sports feature and personality profile.

Scroll down to see the award-winning content and individual recipients:


Single spot news photograph
Annika Gordon, “We Are the Human Race”

“We are the Human Race” by Annika Gordon
(at Portland Women’s March 2017)

Single sports photograph
Annika Gordon, “Men’s Soccer: Champions at Last” The Beacon

“Champions at Last” by Annika Gordon

Editorial writing
Malika Andrews and Olivia Sanchez, “Questions About Student Conduct Process Need Answers”


Breaking news
Malika Andrews and Clare Duffy, “Student Decries Conduct Process in Sexual Assault Case”

News writing (planned news)
Rachel Rippetoe, “Portland Shark Attack Survivor Begins to Pick Up the Pieces” 

General or humor commentary

Erin Bothwell, “Do’s and Don’ts of Dating a Killer”

Informational graphics
Rachel Ramirez, “Meet the 2021 Pilots”

UP: Then and Now A series of interactive photos


Interactive graphic
Rachel Rippetoe, “UP: Then and Now” 


News feature
Rachel Ramirez, “Goodbye Howard Hall”

Sports feature

Ben Arthur, “Benji Michel Leads Charge”
Rachel Ramirez, “UP Kenyan Runner Finding His Way”

Personality profile

Olivia Sanchez, “Gap Year: 2016 Alumna Defers Grad School to Fight Cancer”

Full list of Gold Circle awards




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Update 5/22/2018:

SPJ announced the national Mark of Excellence winners today, and The Beacon received three First Place awards:

Rachel Ramirez won in the category of Online Feature Reporting for “Life and Terror: Jean Paul Mugisha finds new life on The Bluff.”

Ben Arthur won for Sports Writing, small school (university with fewer than 10,000 students) for “Tall Standards.”

Hannah Sievert won for Feature Writing, small school division for “The Call to the Church.”

The Beacon also was a national finalist (placing Second or Third) in the following categories:

General News Reporting, small school division (Claire Desmarais, Brennan Robinson for “ROTC Adjusts Training in Era of Mass Shootings”)

Column writing, small school division  (Rachel Rippetoe for columns on Harvey Weinstein, the Obamas, the media)

Feature Photography (Annika Gordon for “What Does the Hijab Mean to You?”)

Full list of SPJ Mark of Excellence national winners here.

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The Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) just announced winners and finalists in its Mark of Excellence Awards for college media in Region 10, which is made up of colleges and universities in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana and Alaska.

The Beacon won nine First Place awards, and those winners advance to the national SPJ Mark of Excellence competition in these categories:

*Category is for universities with fewer than 10,000 students. 

National winners will be announced later this spring and recognized at the SPJ Excellence in Journalism conference in Baltimore this September.


The Beacon also placed as a regional finalist (Second or Third Place) in four categories:

-Nancy Copic


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Several Beaconites who graduated last May and some of this year’s seniors spent the summer interning in media jobs. Here’s rundown of what they did in their internships and what they’re doing now.

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2016-17 Editor-in-Chief Malika Andrews interned as a sports reporter (a James Reston Fellow) at the New York Times. It went so well , she’s still there.


Clare at Portland Business journal

Last year’s Managing Editor Clare Duffy interned as a reporter at the Portland Business Journal and was asked to stay an additional nine months to fill in for award-winning reporter Matt Kish, now on a fellowship at Columbia University.  Clare is now covering Nike, Adidas, Under Armour, banking, finance and more.

She also has been interviewed on KGW News about stories she’s written on Nike’s recent layoffs and the arrest of an Adidas executive accused in an NCAA scandal involving alleged payoffs to collegiate athletic recruits.

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Former Beacon Sports Editor Ben Arthur was a summer intern at the Denver Post, and is now part of the Seattle Times’ team covering Husky football (University of Washington).

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Ben was also selected to be part of the student newsroom at the National Association of Black Journalists’ (NABJ) convention in New Orleans in August, where he won an award for his Beacon story about UP soccer player Benji Michel. 

Ben recently spoke on a panel in an NABJ webinar about advice on internships. You can listen here.

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Former Beacon Sports Editor Ben Arthur (near the middle, wearing black slacks and gray shirt) with other members of the NABJ Student Multimedia Project, which covered stories from the group’s national convention in New Orleans in August.

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2017-18 Beacon Editor-in-Chief Rachel Rippetoe was a reporter intern at the Eugene Register-Guard as part of the Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism.


Rachel covered a wide variety of news and feature stories. She was also one of two of the 18 interns in the Snowden program to win the Ethics Award.

Working through case studies on journalism ethics with a mentoring editor is a hallmark of the Snowden program. The word on Rachel is that she went beyond the theoretical cases and initiated conversations on ethics as actual situations came up in the newsroom and in her reporting.


This year’s News and Managing Editor Olivia Sanchez spent the summer reporting for the Portland Tribune.  Olivia covered everything from DACA to water quality along the Willamette to mermaids. (Yes, mermaids!)

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All that Olivia learned at the Tribune is coming in handy as she leads The Beacon’s news coverage.

Rachel Ramirez AAJA group shot

2017-18 Senior Beacon Reporter and Multimedia Producer Rachel Ramirez  (front row, third from left) was one of just 15 collegiate journalists selected nationwide to be part of the VOICES program, a team of student journalists chosen to attend  and receive mentoring at the national convention of the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA)  in Philadelphia. Here’s Rachel’s video project on refugees, which she produced for the program.

Rachel was also a writing intern for Multnomah County government over the summer, and is now interning at Oregon Business magazine, in addition to her Beacon duties.


Hannah Sievert, editor of Living Photo by Annika Gordon

Hannah Sievert, now a junior and The Beacon’s Living editor,  interned at Artslandia magazine. 

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This year’s (and last year’s) Community Engagement Editor Erin Bothwell did a marketing internship with Chamber Music Northwest. Erin runs social media for The Beacon and also writes the weekly email newsletter.

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