University of Portland student newspaper, The Beacon, amasses awards, student internships

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April 22, 2016

The University of Portland’s student-run weekly newspaper, The Beacon, has won four regional Mark of Excellence Awards from the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and advances to the national competition in the following categories: General News Reporting, In-Depth Reporting, Online Sports Reporting, and Photo Illustration.

The regional competition involved student media from universities in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana, and Alaska with enrollment under 10,000. National winners will be announced at the SPJ convention in New Orleans in September.

Also, the College Media Association awarded The Beacon Second Place in the Apple Awards for Best Newspaper from schools with fewer than 5000 students. First Place went to Rice University's student newspaper.

Additionally, several staffers have landed selective media internships this summer. Malika Andrews will intern at the Denver Post as part of the elite Sports Journalism Institute. The Charles Snowden Program for Excellence in Journalism has awarded paid internships to Clare Duffy (Bend Bulletin) and Cheyenne Schoen (Klamath Falls Herald and News). Ben Arthur will intern for the sports department of Portland’s KOIN-TV (CBS).

The Beacon just published its final print edition and is preparing to go all-digital in the 2016-17 academic year with a new, fast-loading website and improved mobile app. 

For more information, contact Nancy Copic, student activities, at


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