The Daily Bruin Alumni Network (the "DBAN") will actively engage the alumni of the Daily Bruin to serve as a robust community for all former staff members, in support of each other and The Bruin. The DBAN will provide funding, mentorship and professional development programs for aspiring student-journalists at UCLA, ensuring the excellence and longevity of The Bruin. The DBAN will encourage students to reach beyond UCLA, supporting community programs to advance news literacy and the free press.
- A governing board consisting of Daily Bruin alumni, the current student alumni relations director and current student editor in chief to oversee, manage and promote the DBAN.
- An annual on-campus general meeting and reunion, featuring speakers, career panels and receptions for Daily Bruin alumni from all professions, to strengthen bonds among each other and with the current students.
- A dedicated DBAN website, as well as active social media engagement, including private Facebook and LinkedIn groups, for our alumni in all professions to network, to reconnect, to promote our events and to share general updates and career opportunities.
Mentorship and Development
- Pro bono advisory workshops and newspaper critiques offered by alumni practicing journalists and media professionals for current Daily Bruin students and staff.
- Mentorship program and career guidance by alumni in journalism and related fields.
- Scholarship to fund original student journalism of global reach and impact.
- Work with academic departments like Communications Studies and English to bolster professional advising and develop journalism courses for student-journalists.
Community Engagement and Service
- The Daily Bruin News Literacy Project: With alumni funding and support, Daily Bruin advisors and staffers will regularly give back to the community by going to local middle schools and high schools to give workshops on the freedom of the press, journalism's role in democracy and general news literacy.
The Daily Bruin has had to undergo significant changes in recent years due to steadily- declining advertising revenue. To maintain daily publication, The Bruin has had to seek funding from student fees in 2009 and 2016. To limit rent costs, the Kerckhoff Hall office was reduced to about half its previous size in 2017. The full-time student media advisor position was eliminated, and the rest of the professional staff has been reduced to just three positions. Editor stipends have fallen sharply, requiring many staff members to take additional jobs.
The future of journalism depends on the continued success of college newspapers like the Daily Bruin, training the next generation of journalists and media professionals. Here are the ways the DBAN and its members can financially support the Daily Bruin:
- The Daily Bruin Support Fund (#63255O): All alumni can earmark a portion or all of their annual UCLA giving to this official UCLA Office of Scholarships & Student Support Initiatives fund, created specifically to enhance the news-gathering and operational capabilities (such as equipment and travel) at the Daily Bruin.
- The Daily Bruin Alumni Scholarship & Endowment: Pitch and attract both high-dollar donations and regular alumni support, to establish an endowment to fund an alumni scholarship for student-journalists pursuing original reporting projects of global reach and impact, and to provide additional professional mentoring and advising to better position our student-staffers for the future job market in the media and related fields.
The Way Forward
- Spring & Summer 2018 - Recruit and assemble a founding alumni working group to set up the organizational structure and develop programs and benchmarks for the first 2-4 years. With the current Daily Bruin staff, this group would help plan and host the first general meeting and alumni reunion.
- Fall 2018 - The first annual general meeting and reunion of the Daily Bruin Alumni Network on Friday, October 5, 2018, in Westwood.
- The Centennial and Beyond: In 2019, the centennial of UCLA and the Daily Bruin, we will work toward gaining official UCLA Alumni Association recognition as an affinity alumni network and fully implement the above-stated goals and objectives.
"The Daily Bruin launched my career as a professional journalist. On the day I walked into the newsroom in Kerckhoff Hall as a freshman, I began learning how to cover a large, diverse community and how to apply principles of fairness and rigor to high-stakes stories. I saw the huge impact that a student newspaper could have in shaping not just campus discourse, but major national news events. I often tell aspiring reporters that the only way to learn how to be a journalist is to do the work, day in and day out. That’s what I had the chance to do at the Daily Bruin, and I will be forever grateful for the experience."
—Matea Gold, 1994-95 editor-in-chief, class of '96
Political enterprise and investigations editor, The Washington Post