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.

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

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.