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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 Media Group, the student-run learning laboratory that traces its roots to the first edition of The Polygram in 1916. In October 2016, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the student press at Cal Poly and launched our $1.1 million Centennial Campaign.

We are nearly half way to our goal! 

We see a new future for the next century of Cal Poly Journalism, one that adheres to our Learn by Doing philosophy, strengthens student media and leverages our place in a thriving polytechnic university. 

The 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.

Please join our campaign by contributing your support in one -- or more -- of the following areas:

Journalism Endowment — GIVE NOW ONLINE

The idea behind the Journalism Endowment is simple: A thousand alumni each contribute $1,000 to create a $1 million endowment. The fund holds its principal and pays out a small portion annually to support enrichment activities in the department.

This fund was designed by members of the Journalism Advisory Board 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. 

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.

The Bill and Cheryl Swanson Broadcast Studio 

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Thanks to a generous donation from Bill and Cheryl Swanson and the Cal Poly president's office, we now have a state-of-the-art, high-definition TV studio, where students  produce live newscasts, interview shows and numerous video projects that run on air and online.  
We have met our $125,000 goal!

Reporting Awards

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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. A generous donor has recently come forward to make make these awards possible. More details soon!

We have recently met our goal of $25,000 to establish an endowment to fund these awards!

In addition to our Centennial Campaign priorities, here are a number of funds in the department that provide important opportunities for our students and faculty. We also ask you to consider supporting:

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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