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Nov 19, 2018

In October 2016, we celebrated the 100th anniversary of the student press at Cal Poly and launched our $1.1 million Centennial Campaign.

In 2018, we celebrated the 50th anniversary of student-run radio station KCPR, and thanks to the generosity of friends and alumni like you, we are nearly half of the way toward our campaign goal! 

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New Scholarships and Awards in Journalism Department

Nov 19, 2018

The Journalism Department awarded two new scholarships and an award in 2018, thanks to the generosity of our alumni and friends.

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Patti Piburn Returns to Journalism Department

Nov 19, 2018

Patti Piburn has returned to the Journalism Department as the adviser to Cal Poly’s student-run radio station, KCPR. She had previously worked as KCPR adviser and a full-time lecturer for the department before taking a two-year leave of absence from Cal Poly to work on her doctorate at the Cronkite School at Arizona State University.

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Journalism Department Celebrates 50 years of KCPR

Nov 19, 2018

A weekend of events to mark the 50th anniversary of campus radio station KCPR-FM kicked off on Friday, Oct. 12, with a concert at SLO Brew Rock. The 400-plus attendees included Cal Poly alumni, students, and local music lovers. 


Journalism Department Re-applies for Accreditation

Nov 19, 2018

The Cal Poly Journalism Department is applying for accreditation through the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). The process will be carried out over the course of two years.

Alumni Updates

Nov 19, 2018

Check out the latest accomplishments, awards and news from Journalism Department alumni.

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Five Key Takeaways from the 2018 Jim Hayes Symposium

Nov 19, 2018

The Journalism Department’s third biennial Jim Hayes Symposium on October 12 focused on the many challenges confronting journalism. Led by moderator Kevin Riggs (JOUR 1978), senior vice president of Randall Communications, five panelists wrestled with the question, “Is Journalism Broken?” in a spirited debate. Peter Hartlaub (Journalism, '93), pop culture critic for the San Francisco Chronicle, was the evening’s master of ceremonies.

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Hall of Fame Inductees and Ceremony

Nov 19, 2018

Four accomplished alumni have been inducted into the Cal Poly Journalism Department’s Mustang Media Hall of Fame: music industry executive Bruce Flohr (Journalism, '88), advancement professional Susan Houghton (Journalism, '82), political consultant and KCRA-TV analyst Kevin Riggs (Journalism, '78), and former KCPR faculty adviser and broadcaster Ed Zuchelli. The late Zuchelli’s grandson, also named Ed Zuchelli (Journalism, '14), accepted the award on his family’s behalf.

This year’s inductees were honored on Oct. 13 at the Hall of Fame and KCPR Through the Decades Gala, part of a weekend-long celebration of the 50th anniversary of Cal Poly’s student radio station, KCPR-FM.

Cal Poly Journalism Department Prepares for Upcoming Jim Hayes Symposium

Oct 3, 2018

SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA— Is journalism broken? It’s the question a panel of news media experts will tackle at the Cal Poly Journalism Department’s third biennial Jim Hayes Symposium on October 12.


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Mustang Media Group Named ACP Newspaper Pacemaker Finalist

Sep 14, 2018

Mustang Media Group, the Cal Poly Journalism Department’s student-run media organization, received national recognition this week with its first Newspaper Pacemaker finalist nomination from the Associated Collegiate Press’ (ACP) 2018 competition.


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