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Paul Bittick Recognized as Journalism Educator of the Year

Mar 24, 2017


The California Journalism & Media Affiliates recently named Paul Bittick, Cal Poly’s Mustang Media Group general manager, as the 2017 Journalism Educator of the Year — Four-Year Division. The award recognizes leadership and support that goes beyond the journalism program and has impact across campus, community and local or regional associations.

Only one educator from all California campus media associations earns this prestigious honor each year. As general manager, Bittick has been proactive in developing new revenue streams such as special sections, events and video services. He recently worked with faculty and students to create the first student-run “native advertising” agency within Mustang News. “This award for Paul is most noteworthy because there's only one given out each year in the whole state and recipients are selected by their peers,” said Mary Glick, Journalism Department chair and previous Educator of the Year award recipient.

Mustang Media Group Wins More Than 20 Awards at National College Media Convention

Mar 24, 2017


Mustang Media Group, the Journalism Department’s student-run news organization, received 22 awards — including nine first-place awards — from the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) and the California College Media Association (CCMA) at the Midwinter National College Media Convention held March 2-5 in San Francisco.

First-place winners included Ayrton Ostly for Best Sports Story, Brendan Matsuyama for Best Infographic, Ellen Fabini for Best Online Advertisement and for Best Color Advertisement, Erica Patstone for Best Advertising Campaign, Jordan Triplett for Best Black and White Advertisement, and Maggie Hitchings and Nikki Petkopolous for Best Online Campaign.

Donation Funds HD Upgrade to Student-Run TV Studio at Cal Poly

Mar 24, 2017


Thanks to a $100,000 donation to the Journalism Department from Bill and Cheryl Swanson, the university’s student-run television studio will be outfitted with the latest cameras, switchers and other equipment, allowing students to broadcast in high definition.

“We chose to make this donation because we believe in Learn by Doing, and Cal Poly students deserve the best,” said Bill Swanson, chairman of Cal Poly’s Foundation Board and retired chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Raytheon Company. The total cost of the renovations will be about $125,000. The remodeled, state-of-the-art facility will be ready for students to use in spring quarter, in early April.

Cal Poly Student Press to Mark 100th Anniversary

Sep 29, 2016


First Mustang Media Hall of Fame inductees include ‘Weird Al’ Yankovic

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Journalism Department is planning a two-day celebration in honor of the 100th anniversary of the student press on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 14-15.

Cal Poly Kennedy Library to Exhibit ‘100 Years of Delivering the News’ Oct. 14 – Dec. 9

Sep 27, 2016


SAN LUIS OBISPO – Cal Poly is celebrating the centennial anniversary of its student newspaper in an exhibit, “100 Years of Delivering the News,” at Kennedy Library Oct. 14 through Dec. 9. The public is invited to view the exhibit and come to the opening reception from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, on the second floor of the Kennedy Library.

Come to San Luis Obispo to Celebrate 100 Years of Mustang News

Jul 14, 2016


Cal Poly Journalism Department is extending a special invitation to join us at the Spotlight Gala from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Embassy Suites Ballroom here in San Luis Obispo.

This special dinner will close our “100 Years of Delivering the News,” a two-day celebration packed with exciting programs to mark the 100th anniversary of the student press at Cal Poly.

Panelists Announced for Cal Poly's Jim Hayes Symposium

Jul 11, 2016


Jim Hayes Symposium

On Oct. 14 and 15, we will celebrate “100 Years of Delivering the News” -- a celebration of the 100th anniversary of Cal Poly's student press. The gala weekend will include a special Jim Hayes Symposium with four distinguished pioneers in journalism. They will discuss the challenges facing journalism and consider the question: "How do we prepare students for the next 100 years?"

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Cal Poly’s Mustang News Wins Multiple National and State Honors

May 3, 2016


Mustang News, which is celebrating its 100th year in 2016, garnered several awards at the College Media Business and Advertising Managers (CMBAM) convention in Denver and the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP)/California College Media Association (CCMA) convention in Los Angeles.

Cal Poly Journalism Recognized with National First-Place Awards

Jan 29, 2016


Cal Poly's student news organization, Mustang News, received multiple first-place awards and additional honors from the Associated Collegiate Press and the College Media Association.

Cal Poly Students to be Honored by Lawmakers at State Capitol on Feb. 1

Jan 27, 2016


Twenty-one Cal Poly students will be recognized for their awards and other accomplishments by state lawmakers on the floors of the Assembly and Senate in Sacramento on Monday, Feb. 1.

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