Honoring our legacy. Embracing innovation.

Celebration Weekend

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Friday, Oct. 14


1 – 2:30 p.m.
Kennedy Library

Stop by one of our booths to try on journalism’s new tech tools. Experience virtual reality storytelling. Find out what an arduino is. Live stream the event.

Careers and Conversations, 1 – 2:30 p.m.
Kennedy Library

This is a great opportunity for alumni and student networking. Alumni: Does your organization offer internships? Do you know of job openings? Do you have advice to share? This is your opportunity to meet Cal Poly students who are eager to learn what it takes to enter the professional world. Contact Mary Glick, journalism department chair, for details.

KennedyLibExhibit_2x1 2 p.m. and ongoing
Honoring our Legacy, Embracing Innovation
Second floor, Kennedy Library

Explore the 100-year history of the student press at Cal Poly in this multimedia exhibit. The exhibit will be unveiled at an opening ceremony at 2 p.m.

Susan Goldberg

Exhibit Keynote, 3 p.m.
Advanced Technology Lab, Bldg. 7 (across the street from Kennedy Library)

Susan Goldberg, Editorial Director of National Geographic Partners and Editor in Chief of National Geographic. “Storytelling at National Geographic: How a legacy brand is succeeding in the digital age.”



4 – 6 p.m. in the Advanced Technology Lab, Cal Poly Campus

Four distinguished pioneers in journalism will discuss the challenges of journalism’s future. How do we prepare students for the next 100 years?

Panelists include: Susan Goldberg, Editorial Director of National Geographic Partners and Editor in Chief of National Geographic; Andrew Paley, Director of Product Design, Narrative Science; Christian Hendricks, Vice President of Products, Marketing and Innovation at McClatchy; and Burt Herman, Entrepreneurial Journalist, Co-founder of Storify and Hacks/Hackers and David Kerley, ABC News Correspondent. For more information about these speakers visit the 2016 Symposium Speakers website.

Los Angeles Times correspondent Peter King, Correspondent at Los Angeles Times, will moderate the discussion. Kevin Riggs, Senior Vice President at Randle Communications and former KCRA-TV reporter and anchor, will be the master of ceremonies.

Symposium Reception
Hors d’oeuvres immediately after symposium in the ATL patio.

Friday_Get-Togethers_2x1 Downtown Friday Night, 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Reconnect with classmates from KCPR, CPTV, Mustang Daily, CCPR and Mustang News for an evening of socializing at SLO Brew in downtown SLO (736 Higuera St). Cash bar.

Saturday, Oct. 15


11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Student Newsroom and Studios in Bldg. 26 on Cal Poly Campus
Alumni and family can stroll down memory lane, meet current students and participate in activities. Find your byline in the archives. Go on the air at KCPR. Participate in student interviews in the CPTV studio. Discover the latest printing technologies at University Graphic Systems.

Ramos Legacy Dedication, Noon
Bldg. 26, outside Mustang News

Unveiling of the hallway tribute to George Ramos, Cal Poly journalism alumnus and key contributor to three Pulitzer Prizes won by the Los Angeles Times.  Ramos was a founding member of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists and the California Chicano News Media Association and was inducted into the NAHJ Hall of Fame in 2007.  Ramos was adviser to Mustang Daily and chair of the journalism department. He died in 2011. This display showcases his many achievements. We will also launch a campaign to enhance the scholarship that Ramos created.



Hearst Castle Special Focus Tour

1:30 – 3:30 p.m.: Enjoy a complimentary, two-hour special-focus tour of the Castle built by Julia Morgan for William Randolph Hearst.

The tour is unlike any other tour of the Castle you may have been on. It will focus specifically on the journalism career of Hearst — just for our group. You will tour the ground floor of Casa Grande at La Cuesta Encantada, known to visitors today as Hearst Castle.

Please report to the Hearst Castle Visitor’s Center Will Call Window no later than 1:30 p.m. to pick up your tickets for this exciting special focus of what W.R. Hearst simply called“The Ranch at San Simeon.”

There are a limited number of seats, registration is first come, first served.  Register now for weekend events.


Embassy Suites SLO Ballroom, 5:30 – 9 p.m.

Get your tickets now! bit.ly/100yearsregistration

Ben Bradlee Jr“Journalism @ 100: Why It Matters Today More than Ever”

With journalist and author Ben Bradlee Jr., former Boston Globe deputy managing editor who edited the paper’s 2003 Pulitzer Prize-winning series on sexual abuse in the church. The investigation was the basis for the movie “Spotlight,” this year’s winner of the Academy Award for Best Picture.


Student Media and Journalism Hall of Fame

Please join us on Saturday evening, Oct. 15, as we induct the first class into a new Mustang Media Hall of Fame. Our Spotlight Gala and Hall of Fame Dinner will be the finale of two days of programs marking the centennial of Cal Poly’s student press.

Two of our inductees, Al Yankovic and Bruce McPherson, will attend the Gala to be honored in person. George Ramos and Robert E. Kennedy will be honored posthumously.

Stay tuned for our livestream starting October 14 at 3 p.m.