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Caitlin Yilek, the 2011-2012 Beacon opinions editor, has won First Place  (in the nation!) for Editorial Writing in the Society of Professional Journalists’ Mark of Excellence Awards for editorials she wrote for The Beacon.

Two current Beacon staffers, Kate Stringer and Jackie Jeffers, are national finalists for Feature Writing and Sports Photography, respectively. The Beacon journalists competed in the “Small School” category, meaning colleges/universities with 5000 or fewer students.

Caitlin’s reaction when she heard the news? “I AM GOING TO FAINT. Oh. My. God.” (via Twitter. Follow her at @hausofcait.)

Caitlin Yilek First Place for Editorial Writing

Caitlin Yilek
First Place for Editorial Writing

Here are the three editorials that won Caitlin this national award:

Where are all the women?

University disregards student media

What has ASUP done for you?

Caitlin, who graduated from UP last May, is a copy editor at the St. Cloud Times in her home state of Minnesota. She will receive the award at the SPJ Excellence in Journalism convention in Anaheim, Calif. in August.

Kate Stringer is a national Mark of Excellence finalist for Feature Writing. The story that won her this honor was the first story she wrote for The Beacon. Molly’s Legacy: Hope for Haiti

Kate Stringer Nat'l finalist for Feature Writing

Kate Stringer
Nat’l finalist for Feature Writing

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Kate Stringer A bit excited to see The New York Times during National College Media Convention in March

Kate Stringer
A bit excited to see The New York Times during National College Media Convention in March

Next year, Kate will be Living/Faith & Fellowship editor at The Beacon.

Finally, Photo Editor Jackie Jeffers is a national Mark of Excellence finalist for Sports Photography. Jackie, who graduates from UP this weekend, recently accepted a position at Marchex, a mobile marketing/analytics company in Seattle.

Jackie Jeffers National Finalist for Sports Photography

Jackie Jeffers
National Finalist for Sports Photography

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Here is Jackie’s award-winning photo, taken at Merlo Field last fall.

award-winning photo by Jackie Jeffers

award-winning photo by Jackie Jeffers

Well done, Caitlin, Kate and Jackie!

-Nancy Copic

Ass’t Director of Student Media & adviser to The Beacon

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