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Daily Bruin Alumni Network Newsletter – Spring 2019

Dear Fellow Daily Bruin Alumni,

I know that, like me, you believe deeply believe in The Bruin, its mission and the opportunities that being a part of this institution can unlock.

Still, these are challenging times for journalism and the media — professional newsrooms have shrunk and local media outlets have disappeared as the industry adjusts to disruption. In recent years, as other college newspapers have cut publication schedules and gone online-only, The Bruin has endured its own financial struggles. It’s had to politic for student fee referendums and scrap for other resources to continue printing daily, replace basic equipment and keep the lights on in Kerckhoff. Meanwhile, the travel budget for stories and conventions is a sliver of what it used to be, and editor stipends still aren’t enough to live on.

In this era of unprecedented attacks on the free press, we think it is more important than ever to support student journalism and its practitioners, especially at the Daily Bruin. In that spirit, we have launched several initiatives aimed at ensuring The Bruin thrives for another century:

  •  A short-term fundraising campaign starting today that aims to raise $10,000 for student scholarships and $10,000 to pay for basic equipment that students say they desperately need.
  • A longer-term effort aimed at raising the $100,000 necessary to open an endowment that can generate funds for The Bruin for years to come.

We’ve done all the work necessary to set up the funds with UCLA. But now we need your help.
Please consider donating to The Daily Bruin Alumni Network Scholarship — then, tell your other DB friends about it on social media with the hashtag #DB100. We’ll be hosting an event on campus May 18, Alumni Day. If we can meet our $20,000 fundraising goal, we’ll present four promising Bruin staff members with our annual scholarships at our reunion in October, and present The Bruin with a check for $10,000 for equipment.

Please join us and give today.

Matt Stevens ’11,
On behalf of the Board of The Daily Bruin Alumni Network

How Your Donations Help…

The Daily Bruin means a lot to its alumni — and they generously give back. Since fiscal-year 2015, UCLA records show that about 200 alums have given more than $70,000 to support The Bruin. Here are just a few of the dozens items that money has already purchased:

  • A Canon video camera, tripods, lenses and batteries and a Sony wireless mic
  • A radio microphone and recorder
  • A Nikon photography camera, lighting kit and bag, several memory cards and flash drives
  • External hard drives, keyboard, computer mice and Chromebooks
  • TV adapters, stands and HDMI cords
  • One (very spiffy) metal print “Daily Bruin” sign for the newsroom

“The new camera gear will help The Bruin take its photography to a whole new level. I found it incredibly useful to capture the gymnastics team winning the 2019 Pac-12 title in Utah.”

— Amy Dixon, 2018-19 Daily Bruin Photo Editor

What the Daily Bruin Means to Me

Alice Short, 1974-77
Deputy Column One editor, The Los Angeles Times

“I got to have one of the coolest jobs–editor of the Daily Bruin– in college journalism. I suspect that’s where I learned about collaboration, collegiality,  leadership and the pursuit of stories that mattered. As a senior at UCLA,  I abandoned long-held plans to go to law school and have happily spent the last 40 years working with kick-ass journalists on kick-ass stories.”

Eric Warren, 1981-86
President, Everest Sciences

“I learned much about how journalism is practiced, and how a newsroom works. Although I eventually ended up working in a marketing career and now as president of a company supplying the energy industry, my time at The Bruin taught me about the value of research, the importance of collaboration and why the written word has, is, and always will be essential to our society.”

Maya Sugarman, Photo, 2007-2011
Video Editor, The Washington Post

“At The Daily Bruin, we had to work together as learners and mentors. It taught me to be collaborative and scrappy – skills I’ve used on the job every day since graduating. It gave me the opportunity to report abroad, travel the country and build lifelong friendships.”

Daily Bruin Forum and Open House on Alumni

Join us at Alumni Day on May 18

Daily Bruin Forum: Noon – 1 p.m. 
Moore Hall, Room 100

Daily Bruin Open House: 4 – 6 p.m.
Kerckhoff Hall, Room 118

We are pleased to announce the Daily Bruin Alumni Network’s participation in the the official kick-off of the UCLA Centennial.

Join us from noon to 1 p.m. for “Trump, 2020 and the Political Divide,” featuring Matea Gold, ’96, editor of political and investigative reporting at The Washington Post, and UCLA professor of public policy Mark Peterson . They will explore the major political divides that have opened up in the third year of the Trump administration and how the 2020 presidential campaigns are taking shape.

Then, come back to the DB Newsroom at Kerckhoff from 4 to 6 p.m., for the Daily Bruin Alumni Open House, to meet student staffers and DBAN board members.

How to Attend

Online registration for Alumni Day has closed, but onsite registration will be available on Saturday, May 18 in Wilson Plaza, for $50. Parking for the day is $12. Click here for more information.

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Have recent work or personal success to brag about? Email Sara Randazzo to be included in future newsletters.

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Highlights- Winter 2019

Feature Stories

For 100 years, the Daily Bruin students who passed through the doors of Kerckhoff Hall have gone on to leave their mark in journalism, entertainment, business and more. Read about 16 impressive alumni from through the decades, including actress Carol Burnett ’54, ESPN anchor Cari Champion ’98 and National Geographic CEO Gary Knell ’75.

Six alumni, plus one current student and the student media director have volunteered to serve on the inaugural DBAN board.

Looking for a way to make a meaningful contribution? Volunteer to critique the Daily Bruin! We’re looking for bullet points, not novellas, so it won’t take too much of your time. The students are devouring the critiques they’ve received so far.

Like newspapers all across the country, these are challenging financial times for the Daily Bruin. DBAN is raising $20,000 for urgently-needed equipment and scholarships. We’re also working toward a $100,000 alumni endowment. Learn how you can give.


May 18 — UCLA’s Centennial Celebrations is kicking off with UCLA Alumni Day. Stay tuned for details on what the Daily Bruin Alumni Network will have to offer.

Oct. 12 — DBAN’s Centennial Reunion is coming! If you would like to help us host The Bruins’ 100th birthday celebration, please contact Tanner Walters ’18 and Robina Riccitiello ’84 and join the #DB100 team!


Send us your news! Have recent work or personal success to brag about? Email Sara Randazzo to be included in future newsletters.

Add the Daily Bruin to your LinkedIn so current staffers can find you.

Read Memorable Daily Bruin Stories From the Past Year

Protests held in Westwood, across the country after Sessions’ resignation

Fraternities affected by alcohol ban will hold responsibility for its enforcement

From the Road to Royce

Propelled by run game, Bruins snatch Victory Bell back from Trojans with 34-27 win

State of the Bruin, From Editor-in-Chief Jacob Preal

The total readership of the Daily Bruin from the 2017-2018 school year amounts to about 1.6 million readers – a vast majority of them directed from our social media platforms. Because of the move to mobile and online, The Bruin currently prints 33,000 copies weekly, compared to just over 100,000 copies in the 1980s.

One main reason print and other aspects of The Bruin – particularly office space and editor stipends – have taken a hit is because we simply don’t have the revenues that we had back in the heyday of print journalism. Many of you probably remember reprinting particularly popular copies of The Bruin and creating special editions to engage with your readership. Today, such a prospect simply can no longer be the case.

I am lucky to head this ship at a time when we have relative stability, financially. Other editors have had to face more serious problems in the past, but their hard work and impeccable decision-making has led to a more comfortable existence for us. All of you have worked hard over the past century to create an institution that really is the crown jewel of UCLA’s campus. My hope is that the current editorial team, and those associated with the next 100 years, will continue to make you proud.

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