Two exhibits celebrate journalism’s rich contributions to Cal Poly. The media used to tell these stories keep expanding, and the future looks bright.
This year’s fall exhibit celebrates the centennial anniversary of Cal Poly’s student media, honoring journalism’s rich history and exciting future as an integral part of campus. “100 Years of Delivering the News” is a collaboration between the Journalism Department and Kennedy Library, using archives and student-led research spanning back to the paper’s beginning.
The exhibit honors the students who tirelessly built what we know today as Mustang News. From its beginning as a bi-weekly publication in 1916, the student newspaper originally dubbed The Polygram, would evolve through name changes and reiterations to become a multiplatform news organization comprised of student journalists, videographers, artists, on-air staff, sales representatives, printers, and event planners.
A companion exhibit, “Reading the Headlines: Using Digital Tools to Mine the Mustang News,” explores the Mustang News’ complete digitization. Historical issues, previously available by appointment, are now readily accessible through DigitalCommons@CalPoly. Visitors to Special Collections and Archives, Kennedy Library, Room 409, can take a look behind the scenes at the hard work, ingenuity, and dedication library staff and student assistants have shown in digitizing 100 years’ worth of media.
Both exhibits are free and open to the public. For information on parking availability and exhibit hours, go to: http://lib.calpoly.edu/mustang100.