by Melissa Ardery, Published January 21, 2013
YPSILANTI - Marissa Beste, an Eastern Michigan University student from Carleton Mich., has won a community journalism scholarship from the Board of Directors of the Michigan Press Association (MPA) Foundation.
Beste will receive a $1000 check, and a plaque, and will be introduced to Michigan media professionals and legislators during the Governor's Luncheon at the MPA Convention this month. Beste, who is majoring in journalism and English, is currently the copy editor at The Eastern Echo.
"This scholarship will help me to continue my journalism education at EMU, and I am so grateful to have been chosen to receive it," Beste says. "When there are smart, influential people in your field who think you've got the potential to do something great in something you really care about, it is very inspiring and encouraging."
Applicants are nominated, and are required to submit an application with three letters of recommendation.
"The people I chose to write my letters were those who influenced my desire to keep working in journalism, a field that once overwhelmed me, and still sometimes does, but I couldn't imagine doing anything else," Beste says.
Beste received her associate's degree in journalism from Monroe County Community College (MCCC) in Spring 2011. During that time, she held the position of editor-in-chief of The Agora, the MCCC student newspaper. She transferred to EMU in Fall 2011, and became copy editor at The Eastern Echo in 2012.
"Journalism is where I belong," Beste says. "I absolutely love my job at the Echo. I love the people, the work and the overall atmosphere. We are a great team and we all genuinely enjoy what we do."
First called the Normal News when founded in 1881, The Eastern Echo has served the Eastern Michigan University and Ypsilanti communities as an independent newspaper for more than 130 years.