Cal State student creates 23-campus newswire

A recent graduate of California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo launched an online community of student journalists.
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Student journalists across the California State University system’s 23 campuses can now push their stories out to a common newswire and share resources across a new network launched earlier this month.

The Cal State Journalism Newswire, which was launched on March 1 by Aidan McGloin, a recent graduate of California Polytechnic State University-San Luis Obispo, is freely available on the publishing platform Substack.

What began as a wire service has evolved into a collaborative community for journalists, the Nieman Journalism Lab reported on Tuesday. McGloin said he recruited support from a handful of student journalists at other Cal State schools to launch the service. 

Student reporters can also track stories and share photos or local announcements that might be applicable to more than one campus via a shared Google Drive account, and the wire is also being used as an information-gathering tool, with journalists sending out requests for questions that other journalists wish to ask upcoming interview subjects. McGloin said he’s also started a Slack channel, which enables information sharing and networking for students as they prepare to enter the workforce.


“This increases institutional knowledge, and I think that’s one of the reasons it’s really important,” McGloin told the Nieman Lab.

Colin Wood

Written by Colin Wood

Colin Wood is the editor in chief of StateScoop and EdScoop. He’s reported on government information technology policy for more than a decade, on topics including cybersecurity, IT governance and public safety.

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