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Cal Poly's Mustang Media Group breaks ground in CSU system

An entrance to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo.
An entrance to Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo. jjohnston@thetribunenews.com

The Cal Poly journalism department recently became the first in the California State University system to launch an integrated student-run news organization as part of its journalism curriculum.

Mustang Media Group, which is composed of a student-run newspaper (Mustang News, formerly Mustang Daily), radio show (KCPR-FM), television station (CPTV) and public relations agency (Central Coast PRspectives), officially began at the start of the school year in September, according to a news release.

The integration aims to bring all media platforms under one umbrella with a focus on digital-first reporting and creating a “full circle media organization,” according to the release. All content is available at mustangnews.net.

Mustang Media Group is run by five department-chosen student leaders: Sean McMinn, MMG editor; Carly Rickards, integrated content editor; J.J. Jenkins, Mustang News editor-in-chief; Olivia DeGennaro, broadcast news director; and Jenna Watson, CCPR manager.

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