By: Nancy Copic, Assistant Director of Student Media & Adviser to The Beacon
From THE BEACON BLOG
Gold Circle Awards are national awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association based at the graduated school of the Columbia School of Journalism in N.Y. There are so many better-funded, impressively-staffed college journalism programs and student media programs out there, I believed The Beacon could maybe score an honorable mention. At best.
Not that I don’t swell with pride over the work of the students journalists at The Beacon. I obviously had enough faith to enter The Beacon’s work. It’s just that, well, our little Beacon, we’re not really in the major leagues. Are we? The email revealed the surprising (to me, at least) answer: Yes, at least in 6 awards categories. Six awards and three certificates of merit (honorable mention). Did I mention these are national awards?
So… drumroll, please, I am thrilled to announce The Beacon won the following Gold Circle Awards:
Editorial Writing- 2nd place: Caitlin Yilek and Rosemary Peters- “Where are all the women?”
Personal Opinion: On-campus issues- 3rd place: Caitlin Yilek- “Breaking my silence”
Personality Profile- 2nd Place: Laura Frazier- “Impossible is Nothing”
Certificate of Merit: Natalie Wheeler- Homeless teen turned UP student
Overall design:Tabloid format- 2nd place: Hannah Gray, Rosemary Peters, Elizabeth Tertadian
Single subject news or feature package, single page, tabloid- 3rd Place: Will Lyons and Shellie Adams- “Netflix Nosedives”
Where are they now?
Of the eight students who won Gold Circle Awards, four graduated from UP last May:
Former Beacon Editor-in-Chief Rosemary Peters, who was an engineering major at UP, is pursuing her interest in scientific journalism at Imperial College London, where she will earn an master’s in Science Communication.
Now for the four returning Beacon staffers who won Gold Circle Awards:
Looking forward to more astonishing achievements from these students and alums!