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Video produced by Sydney Brandt & Jack Berkenfield, class of 2020.
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At the heart of all of the various multi-award winning digital, multimedia and broadcast platforms of student media is Mustang News. The news team is made up of 85 students from across all majors at Cal Poly. Our staff is trained in the latest journalistic techniques and all content is completely student-produced. The advisors of Mustang News are journalism professors.
Mustang News and the Mustang Media Group as a whole is consistently ranked one of the best college media organizations in the United States, winning multiple awards on its innovative use of multimedia, design, content and marketing. Take a look at all that Mustang Business & Advertising does to make Mustang News successful.
The Swanson Broadcast Studio is a state-of-the-art broadcast laboratory where students produce a live 30-minute weekly newscast, a weekly sports show, and numerous talk and interview shows. Space is a fully functional broadcast facility, complete with robotic cameras, a Chroma Key wall, and prompting, captioning and audio mixing equipment. The flexible, multi-purpose studio allows students to use the space for traditional radio and television broadcasting, as well as providing opportunities for advanced and experimental media production including 360 degree video and VR.
SLOCALIZED | Mustang News:
This Mustang News segment breaks down the nation's top stories for Cal Poly students, informing them on what's going on and why it matters. It is posted on Mustang News website and Facebook.
Mustang News Now:
MN Now is a one-minute broadcast update that airs twice a week on all Mustang News digital platforms (Instagram, Twitter & Facebook). The update uses innovative graphics and technology to show the top stories of the week.
Game Day | Mustang News Sports:
Mustang Gameday is a one hour live pregame broadcast that covers Cal Poly sports games. The show includes two hosts and a live shot reporter with live guests, special segments and game matchup stats.
At 91.3 FM, KCPR is a premier location for music, art, and culture on the California Central Coast and beyond. Journalism students produce "Mustang News on KCPR," a one-hour show every weekday, focusing on the top local and regional stories. Students are also on the air as hosts of their own weekly two-hour show filled with music ranging from indie rock to hip-hop, electronic, punk, and everything in between. KCPR also brings in local and touring artists to record audio and video of their live performances in the studio. Club 91 takes KCPR off campus for live house/techno/disco events in downtown San Luis Obispo. A true state-of-the-art multimedia organization expanding beyond traditional radio, KCPR is consistently ranked among the premier college radio stations in the United States.
How to apply: Visit apply.mustangmediagroup.com
We are looking for team players with a drive to learn and passion for student media. Mustang Media Group members thrive on innovation while ambitiously seeking to hone their craft and improve their communities.
Photo by Kyle Calzia
Central Coast PRspectives
CCPR is a nationally accredited, student-managed public relations firm founded in 2005 by students in the Journalism Department. CCPR provides opportunities for studentsto gain practical, hands-on public relations experience in a supportive educational environment. The firm has been collaborating with student media since 2017 by providing audience research, content creation, and strategic planning in the areas of public relations, advertising, and marketing.
Public Relations Student Society of America is a national organization that aims to assist and prepare the next generation of public relations professionals. Weekly meetings feature guest speakers who provide insights into the professional world. Get involved if you're looking for leadership opportunities, internships, resume-building advice, LinkedIn tips or professional networking experience. Students also have the opportunity to attend national and regional conferences.
How to get involved: Visit @calpolyprssa or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Advice from students:
Class of 2020
"Journalism courses at Cal Poly have expanded and enhanced every aspect of my storytelling ability. Whether it be in reporting, PR, or video production. I look forward to applying the countless skills I've learned to my future career path in the sports media industry."
Class of 2020
"Seek every opportunity to make connections. When you're here for four years that is the best networking opportunity you'll get in your entire life. Not only to make great friends and peers, but to meet great professors, department chairs and faculty of anything you're involved with. They have a lot of wisdom to offer."
The Mustang alumni are a well-connected group, and many of our graduates are still involved with our program. More than 30 successful alumni volunteer as members of the journalism department’s advisory board and they continue to inspire our students as mentors. The hands-on experience you’ll get in our program and our extensive alumni network help our graduates get great jobs in many different industries, see below.
Where are they now? - This chart shows metrics of Journalism grads across the globe.
We are excited about your interest in the program and hope you choose to become a Mustang!
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