Aidan McGloin


Welcome to my site

Writings, photos, videos

I write about government, administration, and environment. I have three years of journalism experience and am familiar with Nikon and Sony cameras, After Effects, Premiere, InDesign, Illustrator, data journalism, California government, and law.

I hope you enjoy my work, and that this site shows what I can contribute.

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Water Systems Consulting Engineer Dan Heimel leads a tour of 20 people in front of the water recycling demonstration facility.

Aidan McGloin | New Times

Inside Pismo Beach's plan to revitalize the Santa Maria groundwater basin

The Pismo Beach City Council wants to build a $28 million facility that will purify Pismo Beach and South San Luis Obispo County Sanitation District wastewater and inject it into the Santa Maria groundwater basin. If completed, it will prevent salt water from seeping into one of South County's water sources and provide more water to South County residents.

Feb. 21, 2019

Aidan McGloin | Mustang News

Aidan McGloin | Mustang News

Everything you need to know about President Armstrong’s raise

The California State University (CSU) Board of Trustees recently approved raises for campus presidents to match salaries from public universities nationwide, yet not all trustees were on board.

August 21, 2018

Cal Poly Employee Percent Changes

Aidan McGloin | Mustang News

Rate of administrative hires decreases, but tenure track faculty still down from pre-recession levels

Ten new administrative positions were created and filled last year — a decrease in the growth of administrators on Cal Poly’s campus.

Administrative hires have outpaced hires for tenured and tenure track faculty since 2007.

July 12, 2018



By Aidan McGloin

Water Systems Consulting Engineer Dan Heimel | Feb. 1, 2019

I shoot primarily with a Sony Alpha 330 with kit lenses.

CSU Chancellor Timothy White
CSU Funding Protest | April 4, 2018

Solidarity March of students after blackface
Cal Poly | April 14, 2018

San Luis Obispo jail death protestor Dawn Anderson
SLO Courthouse | March 19, 2018

Dean Emeritus Phil Bailey
Cal Poly | March 6, 2018

California Gov. Candidate John Cox
Cal Poly | May 1, 2018

Sometimes I shoot with a Nikon D3300, like I did with this photo of Carl Benjamin, Milo Yiannopolous, Laura Loomer, and Austin Fletcher.

I try to think of it as not cheating on my Sony, but I know it is. I don't have a telescope lens with Nikon, which can be a problem, but D3300 takes video. Ideally, I have both.

Fake News Forum
Cal Poly | April 26, 2018

Nikki Petkopoulos
Cal Poly Graduation | June 16, 2018

All of my photos I personally edit. I've used Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom, Camera Raw and Pixlr over the years to edit them, but now I stick with Lightroom since it makes edits more efficient.

Cal Poly Title IX Sexual Assault Protest
Cal Poly Graduation | June 16, 2018

Design Village, Cal Poly | April 21, 2018

Cal Poly Student and tuition protestor Shauna Sweeney
Governor's Mansion, Sacramento | April 4, 2018

Cal Poly Sexual Assault Survivor Gina Ghigleiri
Cal Poly | June 7, 2018

Whalebird Kombucha Founder and CEO Mike Durighello
Whalebird Kombucha Offices | April 3, 2018



New Times—Editorial Intern, Jan. 2019–April 2019
Covered South San Luis Obispo County for a weekly paper

Mustang News—Web Editor, Jan. 2019–April 2019
Online multimedia assistance for college reporters

Mustang News—Multimedia Reporter, July 2016–Dec. 2018, April 2019 – present
College staff reporter, covering administration and student life

Digital Democracy—Journalism Fellow, Sept. 2017–Sept. 2018
Worked with an open government initiative using natural language processing to develop tools for journalists reporting on state legislature

A Life in Focus—Caption writer, Jan. 2019–April 2019
Wrote captions and did layout for a 244-page photo book

Splash Cafe—Busser, Sept. 2016–July 2017


News Gathering—Web scraping, natural language processing, searching, legislative analysis, data crunching, Microsoft Excel, Google Sheets, interviewing, beat developing

Visualization—Visual Composer, Adobe Illustrator, Infogram, Python, Photography with Sony a330 and Nike D3300s, Adobe Photoshop, Camera Raw, videography and video editing, editorial illustrating, photo collages

News Publishing—Lede writing, caption writing, headline writing, AP Style, WordPress, Search Engine Optimization, Adobe InDesign, HTML, CSS, Javascript, photo publishing, website maintenance, graphic design