January 29, 2016

Contact: Mary Glick

Cal Poly Journalism Recognized with National First-Place Awards

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly's student news organization, Mustang News, received multiple first-place awards and additional honors from the Associated Collegiate Press and the College Media Association.

Mustang News took home 16 national awards — including four first-place Pinnacle Awards — at the Associated Collegiate Press and the College Media Association joint ACP/CMA National College Media Convention held late last year in Austin, Texas.

Olivia DeGennaro, now a reporter and producer for KRNV in Reno, Nev., won a first-place CMA Pinnacle Award for Best Investigative Story. The story, “Where is Kristin Smart?,” explores the case of a Cal Poly student still missing after 19 years.

Joe Hewison, who hails from Woodland Hills, Calif., won a first-place CMA Pinnacle Award for Best Rate Card/Media Kit.  

Mustang News staff members received CMA Pinnacle Awards for Best Viral Video, which featured professors reading aloud the mean student ratings they received, and Best Online Ad, for The Neighborhood, a local acai and juice bar.

Mustang News also won the following CMA Pinnacle Awards:

— Third place for Best Online Main Page

— Third place for Best Arts and Entertainment Story   

— Third place for Best Breaking News Story

Staff members recognized with ACP Individual Awards include:

— Joe Hewison, second place, Rate Card/Media Kit

— Joe Hewison, third place, Ad Campaign

— Albert Chang, third place, House Ad

Honorable mentions were awarded for a Mustang News’ ad/editorial supplement and a

display ad. Staff members were also recognized with four ACP Best in Show awards, from third to 10th place. The awards were in the categories of Best Website, Best Multimedia Package, Best Special Section, and Best Four-Year Newspaper.


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About the Associated Collegiate Press

The Associated Collegiate Press, a division of the National Scholastic Press Association, is a nonprofit educational association providing journalism education services to students, teachers, media advisers and others throughout the U.S. and internationally.

About the College Media Association

The College Media Association is the voice of collegiate media and its advisers, serving student media professionals, staffs and programs with education, research and resources. CMA communicates and works with professional media organizations and education associations on the local, state and national levels. Founded in 1954 as the National Council of College Publications Advisers, CMA has more than 900 members — the people who advise the nation’s collegiate media newspapers, yearbooks, magazines, broadcast and electronic media and their staffs — from coast to coast.

About the Cal Poly Journalism Department

Cal Poly’s Journalism Department offers a professional program that prepares students for real-world careers. Beginning with core courses that establish a strong foundation in the field, journalism majors focus on media specializations of their choice. Students have the opportunity to acquire practical experience by working for the department’s converged media center, newspaper, campus radio and TV station, or the student public relations agency.

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