The Berkeley Beacon, Emerson’s weekly student newspaper, recently won two Pinnacle Awards from the College Media Association.
The article “Getting vulgar with Bulger” by Jess Waters ’16, published in March, won first place in the Best Arts and Entertainment Story category. The article includes quotes from Lindsay Cyr, the former girlfriend of notorious Boston mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, when she visited Emerson for a screening of the documentary film Whitey Bulger: The Making of a Monster.
The editorial “New LA campus calls for community immersion,” written by Beacon editorial board members Andrew Doerfler ’14, Hunter Harris ’16, Jackie Roman ’17, Evan Sporer ’14, Trelawny Vermont-Davis ’14, and Ryan Catalani ’15, won second place in the Best Editorial category. The editorial asks students to become civically engaged in the Hollywood neighborhood surrounding the new Emerson College Los Angeles facility.
“We’re honored to receive these awards,” said Catalani, the editor-in-chief. “Of course, what really motivates us is making a difference at Emerson by telling our community’s stories. When an impartial organization like this finds our work to be among the best nationwide, it’s a valuable and prominent reminder to our staff that their long and hard work is meaningful—even outside the College.”