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BEACON wins BIG with national awards

Nov 22, 2023 11:08AM ● By Cloie Sandlin

Christmas came early this year as the BEACON’s dedicated staff proudly brought home awards from the 2023 North American Mature Publishers Association (NAMPA) national convention. 

In addition to learning from senior publications across the country, a highlight of this annual convention is the awards banquet, where publications big and small vie for top honors.

Entries are independently judged by a discerning panel at the Missouri School of Journalism, and the winners are presented with awards. 

Our publications stood out for their exceptional written content, editing, design, photography and advertising. Here’s a list of accolades we brought home from this year’s competition:

Editorial/Opinion: 1st Place - Dreaming of a Senior Center (November 2022) by Rhonda Wray

Column Review: 1st Place - Talking Digital by Adam Cochran 

Feature Layout: 1st Place - Hobby Sweet as Honey (April 2023) Design by ML Madsen, Story by Lisa Lowdermilk

How-To Feature: 2nd Place - Give Your Garden a Boost with Compost Tea (August 2022)   by Bryan Reed

General Excellence: 3rd Place - BEACON Senior News, Colorado

Website: 2nd Place -

Explore these works and more award-winning content at

A huge thank you to our advertisers who faithfully support us, and to our gifted writers and staff for crafting an entertaining and inspiring resource for Colorado Springs seniors.

Above all, the BEACON would not be what it is today if it weren’t for you, our loyal readers. Thank you for reading the BEACON. 


We’re always on the lookout for writers, reporters and photographers to help us share the amazing stories of Colorado Springs seniors, including resources and advice to help them age well. If you have experiences to share or a story to pitch, email us at:  [email protected]