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The Beacon's Editorial Board share why student press freedom matters in honor of Student Press Freedom Day.
by Annika Gordon / The Beacon

The Beacon is owned and published by the University of Portland, whose motto is "Veritas vos Liberabit." ("The truth will set us free.")

The University delegates editorial responsibility to student editors. All content is produced, edited and managed by students. The Beacon provides a forum within which students, faculty, staff 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.

The students on The Beacon staff come from a variety of majors and backgrounds. Because our mission is to be a voice and platform for all students, we seek a diverse and inclusive pool of applicants. All UP students are welcome to apply. Journalism experience is not required.

The Beacon has a robust alumni network represented in various fields, including media. Many of them stay in touch and help mentor current Beacon staffers.

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, the Catholic Press Association, the Pacific Northwest Journalism Educators Association and the Oregon Newspaper Publishers Association.

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