Quinn is a managing editor for Mustang News and spent months compiling a special edition paper looking back on Cal Poly’s climate in the year after the blackface incident.
Quinn’s catchphrase should be “more color please,” a phrase to match her wonderfully colorful personality.
As print managing editor for Mustang News she never shied away from striving for accuracy and visually engaging content, and she strongly encouraged others to do the same. Quinn took on a role that had not been in place before and the work she did far surpassed what the job asked of her.
She dedicated hours to editing, writing and facilitating conversations around inclusion. Over the course of several months, she coordinated a special edition paper looking back on Cal Poly’s climate in the year after the blackface incident. She blended her two majors, journalism and comparative ethnic studies, to holistically cover a challenging topic on a predominately white campus.
Beyond the paper, she showed me what an ally looks like. She helped me navigate finding my voice, something I often struggled with at Cal Poly. I only wish I could have met her sooner.
In the short year we worked together, Quinn Fish has redefined what it means to be passionate and strong-willed about news and inclusion.
Next year the newsroom will be quieter without her, and feel less like home.
Written by: Cassandra Garibay