For Immediate Release
March 17, 2017

Contact: Paul Bittick

Cal Poly’s Mustang Media Group Wins More Than 20 Awards at National College Media Convention

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Mustang Media Group, the Cal Poly Journalism Department’s student-run news organization, earned 22 awards — including nine first-place awards — from the Associated Collegiate Press (ACP) and the California College Media Association (CCMA) at the Midwinter National College Media Convention held March 2-5 in San Francisco.

First-place winners included Ayrton Ostly, of Los Gatos, Calif., for Best Sports Story; Brendan Matsuyama, of Manteca, Calif., for Best Infographic; Ellen Fabini, of El Cerrito, Calif., for Best Online Advertisement and for Best Color Advertisement; Erica Patstone, of Valley Center, Calif., for Best Advertising Campaign; Jordan Triplett, of Brentwood, Calif., for Best Black & White Advertisement; and Maggie Hitchings, of Sacramento, Calif., and Nikki Petkopolous, of Campbell, Calif., for Best Online Campaign.

Mustang Media Group also took home three first-place awards for Best Advertising Special Section, Best Overall Newspaper Design and Best Use of Social Media.

Other awards given to Mustang Media Group included Erica Patstone, of Valley Center, Calif., for third place in Best Sales Promotion; Cara Benson of Folsom, Calif., for second place in Best News Video; Peter Gonzalez, of Santa Maria, Calif., for third place in Best Podcast; Brendan Abrams, of Reseda, Calif., for third place in Best Headline Portfolio; Matt Lalanne, of Porterville, Calif., for Best Sports Photo; and Will Peischel, of Mount Laurel, N.J., for third place in Best Feature Story.

Mustang News staff was also awarded second place for Best Multimedia presentation, an honorable mention for Best Photo Series and third place for Best Newspaper Website.

In the ACP Best of Show competition, Mustang News placed first for Best Multimedia Package, second for Best Newspaper Four-year Weekly and fifth for Best Website Large School.


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 then focus on media specializations of their choice. Students have the opportunity to acquire practical experience by working for Mustang Media Group — Cal Poly's student-run media organization, consisting of Mustang News online, in print and on social media; campus television station CPTV; radio station KCPR-FM; Central Coast PRspectives public relations agency; and business operations of Mustang News.

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