Who We Are

The Beacon, UP's student voice

The Beacon is owned and published by the University of Portland, which delegates editorial responsibility to student editors. All content is produced, edited and managed by students. The Beacon provides a forum within which students, faculty members and UP alumni engage in free and responsible public dialogue on a wide variety of public issues, as well as campus-related topics.

Opinions expressed in The Beacon do not necessarily reflect those of the University of Portland administration or student body as a whole. Beacon editorials reflect the opinion of the majority of the editorial board and not that of the entire staff of The Beacon or the University.

We publish during the academic year (late August - May) except during vacation breaks. 

The Beacon has been  the student voice of UP since 1935, and is a rich campus tradition. In fall of 2016, The Beacon became an all-digital hyperlocal publication focused UP-centric news, features, sports, opinion, faith issues and multimedia. While we generally do not accept freelance articles, we enthusiastically welcome opinion pieces from all in The UP community.

In recent years, The Beacon has won many journalism awards from several organizations including the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), College Media Association, Associated Collegiate Press, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Columbia Scholastic Press Association and the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.

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2018-19 Editor-in-Chief Hannah Sievert is a junior communications and English major. She has worked for The Beacon since her freshman year. 

by Annika Gordon / The Beacon




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