Cal Poly Journalism
Sean McMinn (Journalism, ‘14)
was a tenacious journalism student
with a minor in statistics; now as
a reporter for Roll Call, he uses
his knowledge of numbers to hold
When Brian de los Santos (Journalism,
‘13) joined the staff at Mashable,
he applied his computer science
background as a journalist covering
advancements in technology.
David Kerley (Journalism, ‘79) uses
his agriculture background to break
national and international news as a
network correspondent for ABC News.
When Susan Houghton (Journalism,
‘82) was hired as director of public
affairs and government relations for
Lawrence Livermore National
Laboratory, she stood out because of
her ability to translate technical
knowledge into language we can
Today’s journalism requires practitioners who can go toe-to-toe with subject matter experts on complex statistical, scientific and technical topics.
Cal Poly embraces this challenge as we prepare the next generation of journalists and strategic communicators.
As technology continues to evolve and effective resource management becomes more crucial for the world’s growing population, it’s essential that society has journalists and communications professionals who can “connect the dots” – credibly, accurately and ethically – whether they have deep knowledge of their subject or are generalists who can be nimble in a number of technical and scientific disciplines.
We’ve seen that our students’ success goes hand in hand with their familiarity with science, facility with digital technology, and ability to use analytical skills to tell impactful stories.
Our future lies in ensuring student success.
A Unique Approach
By leveraging our position as a journalism department in a thriving polytechnic institution, we can help our students harness the power of journalism, science and technology to serve the greater good.
Our approach allows us to:
- Serve the needs of a society hungry for credible, reliable and understandable news and information about the critical issues facing our world, such as cyber security, global warming and food safety.
- Instill a dedication in our students to evidence-based, data-driven reporting and strategic communication.
- Develop an innovative, entrepreneurial mindset in our students to help them meet the challenges of our rapidly evolving media landscape, embracing Cal Poly’s Learn-By-Doing philosophy.
- Distinguish our journalism program as one of the best in the nation.
The Centennial Campaign
Opportunities for Leadership Support
In 2016, we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the student press at Cal Poly. As we look back on that rich history, we are inspired to prepare students for the next 100 years. That takes vision, commitment and your support for our students and faculty to sustain a proud tradition of excellence.