Beacon Journalists Win Broadcasting Awards

May 2020

The staff of The Beacon Today won four awards in the Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists college competition. Florida-based college and university broadcasting programs submitted more than 50 entries in the contest, which featured news and sports stories from 2019. The University’s Beacon Today news team swept the radio category with a first-place finish and a finalist. Sailfish TV won first place in public affairs. Sailfish TV reporter Jessica Lykins was a finalist in the Feature | Hard News category.

PBA’s winners are:

Radio

Journalism students engage in hands-on learning in the podcasting studio housed in The Beacon Today office.First Place – Episode 2: In Your Head

The Beacon Today Podcast

By Sarah Roulette ’20, a journalism major from Palm City, Florida; Michaela Payne ’20, an English major from Jacksonville, Florida and Alex Pimentel, a rising senior and international business major from Weston, Florida.

Honorable Mention – Episode 4: Not My Type

The Beacon Today Podcast

By Sarah Roulette, Michaela Payne

Public Affairs

First Place – Four Families in Mafraq

Sailfish TV

By Tim DeMoss ’20, a cinema arts major from Willow Grove, Pennsylvania; Sarah Roulette; and Israel Balderas, assistant professor of journalism and adviser to The Beacon Today

Feature | Hard News

Finalist – West Palm Beach Resident at Odds with City’s Violent Crime Statistics

Sailfish TV

By Jessica Lykins ’20, a communication major from Groveland, Florida

Photo 1: Jessica Lykins was a finalist in the Florida Association of Broadcast Journalists' collegiate competition for her piece "West Palm Beach Resident at Odds with City’s Violent Crime Statistics."

Photo 2: Journalism students engage in hands-on learning in the podcasting studio housed in The Beacon Today office.

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