By Paul Mono
The Cal Poly journalism department and Mustang News marked the 100th anniversary of student media on October 15, 2016. Governor Jerry Brown had a special message for the centennial celebration.
Journalism Department Celebrates 100 Years of Mustang News
2016 Mustang Media Hall of Fame Recipients “Weird Al”
Yankovic (right) and Bruce McPherson (center) with
Cal Poly president Jeffrey Armstrong (left). Photo by Alan Halfhill.
The Cal Poly Journalism Department celebrated the centennial anniversary of its student press in 2016 with “100 Years of Delivering the News” Oct. 14 -15. The two-day celebration included a Spotlight Gala, industry forum and department open house.
During the Oct. 15 Spotlight Gala, the journalism department inducted its inaugural class of the Mustang Media Hall of Fame. Two Cal Poly alumni were honored in person: “Weird Al” Yankovic, former KCPR DJ and Grammy-winning comedy musician, and Bruce McPherson, former El Mustang reporter who served as California Secretary of State. Former Cal Poly president and journalism department chair Robert E. Kennedy along with alumnus George Ramos, a Pulitzer-Prize winning reporter and former Cal Poly journalism department chair, were honored posthumously. The Mustang Media Hall of Fame was created to honor Cal Poly students and faculty who have made major contributions to student press.
Journalist and author Ben Bradlee Jr. gave the The Spotlight Gala keynote address. The former deputy managing editor of The Boston Globe led the paper’s 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning series on sexual abuse in the Roman Catholic Church. His paper’s investigation was the basis for “Spotlight,” which won an Academy Award for Best Picture.
The Mustang News 100th anniversary celebration also featured the 2016 Jim Hayes Symposium and a multimedia exhibit at Robert E. Kennedy Library showcasing Cal Poly’s history through the voice of the student press.
2016 Jim Hayes Symposium. Photo by Alan Halfhill.
More than 100 alumni, students and faculty attended the Jim Hayes Symposium Oct. 14, an industry forum where media leaders spoke on the importance of journalistic values and integrity in an increasingly digital age. The Jim Hayes Symposium was created to honor former Cal Poly journalism professor and department chair, Jim Hayes, and is funded in part by the Journalism Endowment Fund.
The Journalism Endowment Fund is designed by the Journalism Advisory Board to give students the knowledge, confidence and skills necessary to enter the workplace and ensure thriving careers.
To correspond with the 100th anniversary and support the Journalism Endowment Fund, the department launched its Centennial Campaign with the goal of taking its tradition of excellence into a new century.
The idea behind the Journalism Endowment is simple: A thousand alumni each contribute $1,000 to create a $1 million fund that holds its principal and pays out a small portion annually to support enrichment of department activities. As the department celebrates the 100-year milestone for Cal Poly’s student press, it is inspired to prepare students for the next 100 years.
2016 Jim Hayes Symposium: Advancing Integrity in Journalism and Communication
Four distinguished pioneers in journalism will discuss the challenges of journalism’s future. How do we prepare students for the next 100 years?
2016 Jim Hayes Symposium – Advancing Integrity in Journalism and Communication
4 – 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 14
Advanced Technology Lab, Cal Poly Campus
Free and open to the public
Join us for a lively conversation with some of the brightest minds in news as we explore the challenges of journalism’s future. As we celebrate 100 years of the student press at Cal Poly, we discuss how best to prepare students for the next 100 years.
The Jim Hayes Symposium is a forum where media leaders talk of courage, truth and enduring values. Its goal is to inspire a new generation of journalists, content providers and storytellers to act with integrity. It is named for a beloved Cal Poly journalism professor, chair of the journalism department and founding director of the Brock Center for Agricultural Communication, who was a staunch advocate for fact checking, integrity and ethics.
Master of Ceremonies: Kevin Riggs
Senior Vice President, Randle Communications
One of California’s top political journalists, Kevin Riggs is now senior vice president with Randle Communications in Sacramento. As a reporter and anchor for Sacramento’s KCRA-TV, he covered historic national events, including the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, 1999 Columbine shootings, and 2000 Florida presidential ballot standoff. He also worked for Fresno’s KFSN-TV and Santa Barbara’s KCOY-TV. He has been recognized with numerous awards for broadcast excellence, including the national 2011 Edward R. Murrow Award for the KCRA team’s breaking news coverage of the Galleria fire. Today he serves on the Advisory Board for the Journalism Department at Cal Poly and provides regular political analysis for KCRA-TV.
Moderator: Peter H. King
Correspondent, Los Angeles Times
Peter King is a California-based correspondent who reports from all corners of the state, exploring its people, culture, past and politics, as well as the pressing issues of the day. Among other roles at The Times, he previously served as city editor and as a columnist. His “On California” column was a Pulitzer finalist in the mid-1990s. A native of Fresno, Calif., King studied journalism at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo under the tutelage of Jim Hayes. He served as co-editor of the Mustang Daily, with the late Fred Vulin. His 35-year career in newspapers included stints at the San Luis Obispo Telegram-Tribune, Fresno Bee, Associated Press, and San Francisco Examiner. For five years, he served as executive director of public affairs for the University of California. He is a member of the Advisory Board for Cal Poly’s Journalism Department.
Editorial Director, National Geographic Partners
Editor in Chief, National Geographic Magazine
As Editorial Director, Susan Goldberg is in charge of all publishing ventures, including digital journalism, magazines, books, maps, children and family, and travel and adventure. She is the 10th editor and first female editor of the magazine since it began publication in October 1888. Under her leadership, in 2015, National Geographic magazine won two National Magazine Awards and the George Polk Award for Magazine Reporting. In March 2015, she received the Exceptional Woman in Publishing Award from Exceptional Women in Publishing.
Before National Geographic, Goldberg was executive editor for federal, state and local government coverage for Bloomberg News in Washington. In 2013, she was voted one of Washington’s 11 most influential women in the media by Washingtonian magazine. Previously, she was editor of The Plain Dealer in Cleveland, Ohio, executive editor of the San Jose Mercury News, and deputy managing editor of the News, Life and Enterprise sections of USA Today. She has a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Michigan State University, where she now funds the Susan Goldberg Scholarship at the university’s College of Communication Arts and Sciences’ School of Journalism.
Goldberg is active in professional journalism organizations, and in 2012-13 was president of the American Society of News Editors. She is on the boards of The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press and the College of Communication Arts and Sciences at MSU and previously was co-chair of the Medill School of Journalism’s Board of Visitors at Northwestern University. She also is on the board of the National Museum for Women in the Arts in Washington and is a member of the International Women’s Forum.
Chief Scientist, Narrative Science
Kris Hammond is Chief Scientist at Narrative Science, a company focused on automated narrative generation from data, and a professor of Computer Science and Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to joining the faculty at Northwestern, he founded the University of Chicago’s Artificial Intelligence Laboratory. His research has been primarily focused on artificial intelligence, machine-generated content and context-driven information systems. He previously sat on a United Nations policy committee run by the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR). He received his PhD from Yale.
Herman serves as faculty for the International Institute of Analytics and was also named Technologist of the Year 2015 by the Illinois Technology Association.
Vice President, Products, Marketing and Innovation, McClatchy Inc.
Chris Hendricks joined McClatchy in 1992 as Advertising Manager/Marketing for The Fresno Bee, and the following year became its Marketing director. In 1994 he was named Manager of Technology for McClatchy and held this position until 1996 when he was promoted to President and Publisher of Nando Media (renamed McClatchy Interactive), McClatchy’s digital publishing hub based in Raleigh, N.C. In 1999, he was named Vice President, Interactive Media at McClatchy. He remained in that role until assuming his current position in 2015.
Hendricks has served on various industry-related boards and committees and currently serves on the boards of the Newspaper Association of America, CareerBuilder and HomeFinder.
Entrepreneurial Journalist, Co-founder of Storify and Hacks/Hackers
Burt Herman is an entrepreneur bridging the worlds of technology and media. He co-founded Storify, a social media storytelling platform used by top media organizations, brands and non-profit organizations that has won numerous awards for journalism innovation. Herman is also co-founder of Hacks/Hackers, the largest grassroots movement bringing together journalists and technologists. He previously covered stories around the world as an Associated Press correspondent and bureau chief for 12 years. Herman was a 2009 Knight journalism fellow at Stanford University, where he earlier graduated with bachelor’s and master’s degrees.