Q: Your Name?
A: Jon Schlitt
Q: At what school do you work?
A: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo
Q: How long have you been in student media?
A: This is my 15th year in student media (11 at KU, 1 at Michigan and starting my 3rd here at Cal Poly).
Q: What are you most proud of at your current Student Media org?
A: I’m most proud that my students found a way to do INCREDIBLE work during the first 18 months of the pandemic. We had the toughest COVID-19 regulations in the nation here in California but found a way to get a paper out once a month (including hanging it on 1500 doors each month), to get radio broadcasts done daily literally from their bedrooms, report the news, grow our audience through great, targeted marketing campaigns and have a pretty great year from both an awards and revenue standpoint when all was said and done. Probably the greatest effort I’ve ever seen in my 15 years in student media.
Q: What is a fun fact about you, your town, your University?
A: When i was 14 years old and in high school I wanted to try acting so I tried out for “A Christmas Carol”. I was 5’3″ so of course I got cast as Tiny Tim. I was so bitter about it that I joined the high school paper and eventually starting selling ads for them which eventually led me here.
Q: What is a media project you would most like to pick someone’s brain about?
A: Now that we are back in person I’d love to pick another school’s brain on monetizing video production and services.
Q: What is your favorite snack on a road trip?
A: I could give you a noble answer but it’s chocolate M&Ms. The red ones are the best!
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