The Berkeley Beacon is Emerson College’s only independent, student-run newspaper. Founded in 1947, the paper publishes content online daily and in print on Thursdays throughout the academic year. The paper is a chronicle of life at Emerson — covering student government politics, on- and off-campus events, and administrative initiatives and policies. 

In recent years, our staff has reported on a wide range of topics, covering everything from the expansion and renovation of Emerson’s campus to Boston-based political protests, as well as covering Title IX lawsuits against the college and advocacy efforts by student activist groups. 

In 2011, the Beacon became the first college newspaper website with a responsive design, and in 2018 transitioned from its role as a weekly print paper to a daily, digital-first model. The Beacon has won multiple Associated Collegiate Press awards for our redesigned daily website. 

In 2019, the paper once again took strides in expanding our coverage by creating a metro news section for downtown Boston and surrounding neighborhoods, including Allston, East Boston, and Chinatown. The Beacon consistently provides valuable stories to the community as the go-to source for breaking news on campus. 



  • ACP, 2nd place: Best website (four-year college, small school)
  • ACP, 9th place: Four-year colleges publishing one issue per week


  • ACP, 1st place: Best website (four-year college, small school)


  • ACP, 2nd place: Best website (four-year college, small school)
  • ACP, 4th place: Four-year weekly


  • Pinnacle College Media Awards, 1st place: Best Arts and Entertainment Story
  • Pinnacle College Media Awards, 2nd place: Best Editorial 


  • ACP, 6th place: Best website (four-year college, small school)

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