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 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. The weekly editorial reflects 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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Beacon Corrections Policy: 

The Beacon publishes corrections of significant errors of fact. To submit a request for correction, send an email to beacon@up.edu with “Correction Request” in the subject line. In the email, please include the following:

  • The publication date, headline of the article and specific information about the sentence/paragraph/caption/graphic pertinent to your request.
  • Proposed correction with explanation, if needed. Be specific as possible.
  • Your name, phone number and relationship to the University of Portland (ie: student, staff, neighbor, etc.)

Voice your opinion: How to submit commentary to The Beacon


by Hannah Baade and The Beacon / The Beacon

We accept guest commentary via email only. Please put "Opinion" in the subject line and send your piece to beacon@up.edu.

Letters to the Editor must not exceed 250 words. Guest columns should not exceed 500 words. 

The Beacon reserves the right to edit any contributions for length or style, and/or reject them for any reason without notification. The Beacon’s receipt of a submission does not guarantee publication.

We do not publish anonymous submissions. All submissions must include the writer’s name, address, email address and phone number for verification purposes. University students must include their major and year in school.

We like to include an author headshot with each commentary, so please attach a head-and-shoulders photo of yourself, if possible. We may also arrange for a Beacon staffer to take your picture.

The Beacon does not accept submissions written by a group, although pieces written by an individual or two named collaborating writers on behalf of a group are acceptable.

NOTE: The Beacon reserves the right to refuse to publish guest columns for any reason, but especially if they do not meet our standards for accuracy, ethics and/or respectful communication. In other words, keep it classy.