The Mustang Morning News is a production of students in the Broadcast Journalism classes at Mira Costa High School. The newscast is a public forum for student expression, meaning that students make all content decisions, and research, write, shoot and broadcast news stories they deem important to the MIra Costa community. There is no prior review by the school district administration, and the staff operate under the protections of California Education Code in regard to free speech, and the Tinker Supreme Court standard for student free speech.
Students in the beginning Broadcast Journalism course learn about newswriting, free speech law and ethics, videography, news reporting and broadcasting techniques. Advanced students produce the newscast which airs twice a week during the school year.
The first newscast was aired in the spring of 1999, under the direction of adviser, Michael Hernandez. Since then, the show has grown into a nationally recognized program, and the staff have won multiple national awards for their work. Alumni of the class have continued their study of and work in journalism, television and film.