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Centennial Campaign

The Journalism Department at Cal Poly is one of California’s most ambitious undergraduate journalism programs, maximizing the university’s longstanding advantage of Learn by Doing.

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At its core is Mustang News, the student-run learning laboratory that traces its roots to the first edition of The Polygram in 1916. Today 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.

We are embarking on a new future for Cal Poly Journalism, one that adheres to our Learn by Doing philosophy, strengthens student media and leverages our place in a thriving polytechnic university. We are designing curriculum and hands-on learning to prepare students to communicate credibly, accurately and ethically across the range of scientific and technical disciplines Cal Poly is known for. The goal? Graduates who can “connect the dots.”

Our Centennial Campaign is a way to take our proud tradition of excellence into a new century. It’s all about giving students the knowledge, confidence and skills necessary to enter the workplace and ensure thriving careers. To do this, we need your support in one or more of the following areas:

Journalism Endowment — GIVE NOW ONLINE

This fund, designed by members of the Journalism Advisory Board, is designed to meet the needs of students and faculty in the decades ahead. The endowment also helps fund The Jim Hayes Symposium, a program to advance integrity in journalism and communication. 

The idea behind the Journalism Endowment is simple: A thousand alumni each contribute $1,000 to create a $1 million fund that holds its principal and pays out a small portion annually to support enrichment activities in the department. Contributions to the endowment can be made all at once or spread over four years – in annual payments of $250 or in monthly payments of $20 deducted automatically from a credit card or bank account.

Goal: 1,000 alumni each giving $1,000 to create a $1 million endowment.

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Ed Zuchelli in CPTV

The CPTV studio is our student-run television station, where students produce live newscasts, interview shows and numerous video projects that run on air and online. The existing facilities are in critical need of an overhaul. Our plan is to retrofit CPTV as a state-of-the-art HD studio.  

Goal: $125,000


Reporting Awards

Kayla Missman with 3D printed Go Pro Camera Stand
With your support, we can keep
Cal Poly Journalism on the cutting edge!

This fund is designed to encourage student media coverage of scientific, statistical and technical issues affecting the Cal Poly community by establishing annual awards for excellence in reporting on these important topics.

Goal: $25,000 endowment

There are a number of funds in the department that provide important opportunities for our students and faculty. We also ask you to consider supporting:

  • George Ramos Scholarship for Journalism Excellence — GIVE NOW ONLINE

    The George Ramos Scholarship for Journalism Excellence was created to honor the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and longtime Cal Poly professor. The scholarship supports junior and senior students majoring in Journalism with a print specialization who are also interested in urban affairs reporting.

  • Jim Hayes Scholarship Endowment — GIVE NOW ONLINE

    The Jim Hayes Journalism Scholarship Endowment was created to pay tribute to Jim Hayes, a longtime journalism professor at Cal Poly. The scholarship supports upper division or graduate students majoring in journalism with preference to students concentrating in news editorial or agricultural journalism.

  • Support the Journalism Department — GIVE NOW ONLINE

    Your gift to the Journalism Department goes directly to support current needs of students and faculty. 

Give Now

If you prefer to provide a check, please fill out our giving form. Print it and mail the form and check to:

Cal Poly College of Liberal Arts
Office of Advancement
One Grand Ave #47-31
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407

To learn more about the needs of Cal Poly Journalism and how you can help, contact:

Jacquelyn Hayes
Director of Advancement for CLA​

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