Oct. 10, 2016

Contact: Mary Glick
805-756-6738; mmglick@calpoly.edu

Cal Poly’s Jim Hayes Symposium to Feature Five Distinguished Journalists Oct. 14

SAN LUIS OBISPO — The Cal Poly Journalism Department will host five pioneers in journalism at the Jim Hayes Symposium from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 14, in the university’s Advanced Technology Lab (Building 7).

Panelists include Susan Goldberg, editor in chief for National Geographic Magazine; Cal Poly alumnus and ABC News correspondent David Kerley; Christian Hendricks, vice president of products, marketing and innovation at The McClatchy Co.; Andrew Paley, director of product design at Narrative Science; and Burt Herman, co-founder of Storify and Hacks/Hackers.

In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Cal Poly’s student press, the panelists will discuss how best to prepare students for the next 100 years. Cal Poly alumnus and Los Angeles Times correspondent Peter King will moderate, and alumnus Kevin Riggs, senior vice president of Randle Communications, will emcee.

Additionally, Cal Poly faculty will host an innovation showcase from 1 to 2:30 p.m. at Kennedy Library. Visitors can experience virtual reality storytelling, learn what an Arduino is, and explore data storytelling.

Goldberg will also deliver a keynote address at 3 p.m. to open an exhibit on the history of Cal Poly student media at Kennedy Library. She will present “Storytelling at National Geographic: How a Legacy Brand is Succeeding in the Digital Age.”

These events are free and open to the public. To learn more about the Jim Hayes Symposium and centennial celebration activities, visit the Mustang News anniversary webpage at http://mustangnews.net/anniversary/event-schedule/.

About Cal Poly’s Student Press
The student-run media organization, known today as Mustang News, can trace its beginnings to 1916, when what was then called The Polygram began regular bi-weekly publication. Through the years, the student newspaper was known as El Mustang, The Polytechnic Californian, and Mustang Daily, before becoming Mustang News in 2013. Along the way, students adopted the latest technologies and added new outlets for informing and entertaining the Cal Poly community. The campus radio station, KCPR-FM, started in the 1960s, followed by Cal Poly TV. The student-run public relations firm, Central Coast PRspectives, opened in 2006. Students launched their first news website in 2006, added a mobile app in 2012, and fully integrated social media in 2013. Students who learned their craft across Cal Poly’s various media platforms have gone on to leadership positions in organizations such as the Los Angeles Times, The Chicago Tribune, The Wall Street Journal, ABC News, Vox, Dwell Media, Edelman, Apple and Facebook.

About the Jim Hayes Symposium
The Jim Hayes Symposium started in 2014 with the mission to promote journalistic practices that produce trustworthy and responsible news and information. In honor of former Cal Poly journalism Professor Jim Hayes, the symposium provides a forum for media leaders to address ethical challenges in communications and inspire a new generation of journalists, content providers and storytellers to act with integrity. Hayes taught at Cal Poly from 1969 to 1992 and was the founding director of the Brock Center for Agricultural Communication. Through his private and university instruction, Hayes impacted hundreds of communications professionals across the nation. He was a staunch advocate for fact checking, integrity and ethics.

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.

- Jim Hayes Symposium: http://journalism.calpoly.edu/2016-symposium
- Mustang News Anniversary: http://mustangnews.net/anniversary/event-schedule/
- College of Liberal Arts: http://cla.calpoly.edu

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