Shipley’s Newspaper, The Beacon, Receives Gold Medal Critique

Shipley’s print newspaper, The Beacon, recently received a Gold Medal from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA) in the Scholastic Newspaper Print Critique category for the 2016-2017 academic year.

The CSPA is a department of Columbia University in New York City. Publications sent to CSPA for critique are evaluated by a judge and given a score from 0-1000, with 800 and above receiving gold medal status.

“The former editors of The Beacon and I couldn’t be more excited by this recognition,” said Christine Greenwood, Upper School Director of Student Publications. “We have worked hard for many years to address the recommendations for improvement they make on our annual submissions for critique. We are very proud that all the effort has paid off!”

Pictured are the 2016-2017 editors, from left to right: Charlotte’17, Natalia ’17, Jennifer ’17, Fitz ’17, Kate ’17, Caroline ’17 and Hannah ’17.

The Beacon is produced by Upper School students under the guidance of a faculty advisor, and is comprised of one or more Editor in Chiefs, senior editors, and a contributing staff of 25/30 students. Between six and seven issues are published annually, with topics ranging from student life, politics, topical issues, in-depth reports, entertainment, to sports and featured students. Learn more about and read articles from The Beacon.


The Shipley School is a private, coeducational day school for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade students, located in Bryn Mawr, PA. Through our commitment to educational excellence, we develop within each student a love of learning and a desire for compassionate participation in the world.