Student media services

Student Media Services consists of a variety of media and communication outlets owned by the Student Association Inc. (SAI) and operated by a mix of students and SAI staff.

Mission Statement 

Student Media Services serves the students of PennWest California, the local community, and the global community through various media outlets (Cal Times, CUTV, WCAL, online). Media Services provides educational and leadership opportunities, along with practical, hands-on experience in broadcasting, video production, journalism, photography, multimedia, design and web development, while supporting the goals of the University, the Office of Student Affairs and the Student Association Inc.


Gary Smith, Operations Director, CUTV & Advisor, WCAL

California Times Student Newspaper

The Cal Times provides students with professional journalism experience through its online digital multimedia editions. Undergraduate and graduate students of all majors are encouraged to participate in the news production experience at our state-of-the-art newsroom facility in the Natali Student Center.

The Cal Times, owned and operated by the Student Association, Inc., strives to provide news and information for and about the PennWest California community, contributing to campus life by providing a voice for students while providing a real-world learning environment for student journalists, photographers, designers, multimedia producers, illustrators, advertising sales, public relations and marketing professionals.

Cal Times online

The Cal Times online and social media sites updates readers 24/7 with breaking stories and web-only features. From stories to blogs to slide shows to video to social media sites, students get exceptional hands-on multimedia experience working with our online editions.

Student Photography

Working closely with the Cal Times, Cal U students have the opportunity to showcase their photojournalism skills by using professional photography equipment to document happenings around campus and the community. Their photos are displayed in a public Flickr photo gallery, and are used in a variety of campus publications.

Flickr gallery

For more information on the Cal Times, photography, or CUTV Newscenter, contact Dr. Debbie Goh ( at 724-938-4303.



CUTV (California University Television)

CUTV is the University’s award-winning cable television station, and is owned and operated by the Student Association Inc.. California University TV is seen in nearly 100,000 homes, on Armstrong Channel 61, and Atlantic Broadband Channel 17.

The mission of CUTV is to produce and provide programming of regional community interest, while providing valuable "hands-on" educational experience for interested students. This applied learning supports the mission and goals of PennWest California, as well as the priorities and imperatives of the State System of Higher Education.

Students can develop skills in television technology through experience in a variety of technical areas including camera work, editing, direction and other production roles, as well as on-air talent positions. California University television produces a variety of informational, educational, and entertainment programs, including CUTV Newscenter - a live news show. CUTV is heavily involved with University NCAA and area high school sports coverage.

Over the past several years, CUTV has produced all of PennWest California's football and basketball broadcasts, as well as various volleyball, soccer, baseball and softball events. CUTV also produces a weekly coach's show for the sport in season. CUTV also produces a High School Football Game of the Week, with several of these contests carried live to a statewide audience via the Pennsylvania Cable Network (PCN).

CUTV is recognized by many national organizations. The National Association of Collegiate Broadcasters (NACB) awarded CUTV "Best in the Nation" for its news and sports, as well as "Station of the Year." The station has also received over 25 TELLY awards for its sports, news and documentary coverage.

With professional equipment, including a mobile production truck and broadcast studio, students of all majors have the opportunity to participate in the studio or on location. The 25-year-old program, whose offices are located in the Natali Student Center, employs a professional staff and has a student membership of over 50 individuals.

For more information on CUTV, contact Gary Smith ( at 724-938-4303.


WCAL - 91.9FM, Power 92

Also owned and operated by SAI, WCAL is a 24-hour a day, 3300 watt FM station with a coverage radius of 40 miles. WCAL’s typical audience is between the ages of 15-45, residing in the five-county region (Washington, Fayette, Greene, Westmoreland and Allegheny), with secondary listeners in parts of Maryland and West Virginia.

WCAL has a mission of providing students with hands-on radio experience, while broadcasting news, sports, public service information and the best in popular music entertainment in a variety of genres to the regional audience.

WCAL has won several national awards, including three Silver Microphone swards and several Communicator Awards of Excellence. Students from any major who successfully complete a training program are able to become on-air DJs.

For more information on WCAL, contact Gary Smith ( at 724-938-4303.