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Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Emerson College's student newspaper

The Berkeley Beacon

Comedy news programs are paving the way for a new era of journalism

Comedy news programs are paving the way for a new era of journalism

By Gabel Strickland, Staff Writer
September 8, 2022

They conduct interviews with high profile figures, expose corruption in large corporations, and keep you up to date on the latest political news. And, somehow, they manage to make you laugh. They’re...

Bill Alexs yearbook photo in The Emersonian, 1966.

‘Born communicator’ from class of 1966 leaves behind journalism scholarship

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-Large
March 30, 2022

Vassilios Alex didn’t learn English until kindergarten. That didn’t stop the Emerson alum from a decades-long radio career that saw him take on everything from newscasting to sports commentary—and...

The sign outside of the Cutler Majestic Theater.

Emerson community weighs in with their thoughts on Ukraine

Sophomore visual and media arts major Yujun Liu gets texts from his friend in Ukraine, who updates him on the war he is experiencing firsthand. “He told me he was awakened by the bombing at 5:30 a.m....

The Flag of the Dominican Republican

Why independent journalism is dying in the Dominican Republic

By Shannon Garrido, Multimedia Managing Editor
December 10, 2021

I knew early on that journalism was a main interest of mine. So, I decided to take a three-month internship at HOY newspaper, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (DR).  I didn't think much of it,...

Harassment of journalists in Kashmir is getting worse every day

Harassment of journalists in Kashmir is getting worse every day

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor, Business Managing Editor
October 14, 2021

India’s government is treating journalists in Kashmir as terrorists, and it is disproportionately affecting Muslims. From being unnecessarily arrested to beaten, attacked and murdered, journalists in...

A bomb squad storms the Copley Westin Hotel on Sept. 12, 2001, looking for potential terrorist suspects.

Beacon alums look back on catastrophe coverage

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-Large
September 16, 2021

On Sept. 6, 2001, sophomore journalism major Cyndi Roy was writing about first-year orientation and college dorm policy. She never imagined that, just a few days later, she would be crying in the newsroom...

Anum Hussain, one of the founders of Below the Fold.

Emerson alum creates daily newsletter

By Karissa Schaefer, Emerson Los Angeles Bureau Chief
September 9, 2021

In 2020, Anum Hussain ‘13 launched Below the Fold, a free daily newsletter determined to catch stories that fall in between the cracks of mainstream media outlets. Below the Fold aims to do just as the...

Evan Allen and Brendan McCarthy working on the “Blind Spot” investigation

Alums part of Boston Globe’s Pulitzer Prize winning team credit Emerson for success

By Mariyam Quaisar, Content Managing Editor, Business Managing Editor
July 6, 2021

When Brendan McCarthy and Evan Allen graduated from Emerson, almost a decade apart, there was no way they could’ve known they would find themselves part of a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative team...

Evan Allen 11 (left) and Brendan McCarthy 04

Emerson alums win Pulitzer Prize for Boston Globe reporting

By Camilo Fonseca, Editor-at-Large
June 11, 2021

Two Emerson College alumni, Brendan McCarthy and Evan Allen, were among a team of Boston Globe journalists to receive a Pulitzer Prize on Friday, honoring their work exposing a nationwide trend of dangerous...

Demonstrates carry a peace sign flag on Boston Common in reaction to Joe Bidens presidential victory on Saturday, November 7, 2020.

As a journalist, I still deserve to have an opinion

By Lucia Thorne
February 10, 2021

As journalists, we are taught that objectivity is the key to good reporting. We’re taught we must not allow our biases to seep into our reporting and writing. We either must keep our opinions to ourselves...

Former SGA Executive President Will Palauskas at an academic town hall in 2018.

SGA academic town hall tackles diversity, burnout

By Frankie Rowley, Content Managing Editor
November 12, 2020

The Student Government Association’s third annual academic town hall Oct. 27 played host to discussions about diversity within several academic departments at the college.  The town hall, meant to...

I, along with many people who study, work, or live in between these two countries, am balancing on a wobbly cultural bridge. And it also seems the once-strong international journalism community I used to aspire to be a part of is eroding.

Caught in the middle of the U.S. and China conflict as a journalist

By Jocelyn Yang, Opinion Editor
August 4, 2020

When I first landed in the U.S. during high school, the customs officer asked me what I wanted to pursue as a career. When I told him journalism, his immediate reaction was to ask me, “So you want to...

Former Editor-in-Chief Chris Van Buskirk in front of a very legendary establishment.

After 1,033 days, an editor says farewell

By Chris Van Buskirk, Contributing Reporter
June 30, 2020

It was a Tuesday around 6:50 p.m. when shots rang out across Boston Common. Students were told to shelter in place several minutes later but a young reporter had managed to barrel down nine flights...

Journalism professor Mark Lecesse

New fall course revives Emerson Student News Service

By Faith Bugenhagen
May 12, 2020

The journalism department will restart the student-run Emerson Student News Service this fall to provide students and professors within the department a forum to share their work on, according to a college...

Continuing campus news coverage amid a global pandemic

Continuing campus news coverage amid a global pandemic

By Editorial Board
March 16, 2020

It’s been a hectic week, to say the least. There are 197 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Massachusetts as of Monday, according to public health officials. The college made the decision Friday to ask students...

In the age of rapid globalization, breaking news happening on the other side of the world could have an impact on people who are living in America. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Integrate news from around the world into your news diet

By Jiachen Liu
November 12, 2019

I learned about the protests in Chile while having dinner with a friend who works as a telescope researcher in Chilean labs for the University of California, Berkeley.  “It’s nationwide,” I recalled...

Yes, on the surface, “A” means success, and “F” means failure. But neither of these letters explain the reasons behind a student’s performance. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

There’s no learning in letter grades

By Xinyan Fu, Columnist
November 6, 2019

Last semester, I took the Fundamentals of Speech Communication class everyone is required to take at Emerson. We completed several group speech presentations, solo projects, and impromptu speeches. However,...

Telling these underserved stories, however, brings up the opportunity to right historical wrongs to a degree. / Illustration by Christine Park

The most important stories are those we often forget

By Althea Champion
October 29, 2019

When students apply to Emerson, one of the prompts they are required to answer reads, "Much of the work that students do at Emerson College is a form of storytelling. If you were to write the story of...

Alumna Gaby Dunn completed a co-op at The Boston Globe while at Emerson, and reflected on that experience in her new book. Courtesy of Robyn Van Swank.

Journalism alumna Gaby Dunn pens Boston-based graphic novel

By Dana Gerber, News Editor
October 1, 2019

At only nineteen years old, Gaby Dunn ‘09 spent her nights waiting at hospitals to find out the status of shooting victims or driving to the scene of fires where houses had burned to the ground. As...

I spent the rest of my junior year constantly applying for internships and never hearing back, only to scroll on Facebook to see another student earn that Boston Globe Co-Op position or any of the other internships for which I applied. / Illustration by Ally Rzesa

Prepare students for the unglamorous sides of career-building

By Melissa Rosales, Podcast Producer
September 30, 2019

Last year, I opened my laptop and showed Kate Privert, the assistant director of the Career Development Center, my papers in my first cover letter and resume review appointment. Privert gave helpful recommendations...

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