Founded in 2013, Mustang Media Group is the integrated student-run media organization at Cal Poly and includes both Mustang News and KCPR. The award-winning Mustang Media Group (MMG) brings the student newspaper, Mustang News – previously Mustang Daily, TV studio, radio station, public relations agency, and business operations under one umbrella to provide students with the type of environment that has become standard in today’s media industry reflecting Cal Poly's learn by doing philosophy while also giving students the opportunity to center their voices on topics ranging from national news to underground music. The very first program like this in the CSU system, MMG has asserted itself as a national leader in college media and as Cal Poly's ultimate source for local news. MMG has kept the Cal Poly student body and community informed on current events for over 100 years. Even during these unprecedented times, the students of MMG have continued to work tirelessly to introduce new music and perspectives to the Central Coast.
Their passion and dedication have never been more apparent. The outbreak of the COVID-19 has had a massive impact on all Cal Poly students, with classes moving exclusively to remote instruction. Despite this, the students of Mustang News have continued to work tirelessly to report on evolving situations -- such as the COVID-19 outbreak and the recent protests -- in true Learn by Doing fashion.
Gifts to either KCPR or Mustang News support Mustang Media Group's mission of remaining a powerhouse for news, music, and entertainment within Cal Poly and the Central Coast. With campus largely remaining closed for Fall Quarter, Mustang News and KCPR's ability to continue their operations while maintaining the level of quality needed to sustain an award-winning program is at risk. Currently, their ability to get paid advertisements from local and campus businesses has been greatly impaired, significantly harming their primary source of financial support. Now, more than ever, preserving the spread of information, providing a familiar voice and allowing our students to still pursue a Learn by Doing education is paramount.