The Bottom Line (TBL) is a student-run, student-funded newspaper at the University of California, Santa Barbara. TBL provides an independent printed and online space for journalism that engages UCSB and the community. Our mission is to provide reliable reporting, offer an outlet for student voices, and serve as a primary training ground for aspiring student journalists, writers, photographers, artists, and videographers.
The University of California unfortunately does not offer a print, digital, or broadcast journalism degree at any of its campuses. Student newspapers, radio, and TV stations have become the new form of schooling for UC students interested in honing their skills as journalists. The Bottom Line is happy to provide that outlet for students at UCSB.
The Bottom Line got its start in 2006, following a series of tenant evictions in Isla Vista. It may seem tangential, but a group of students realized that no campus or local media outlet was covering the growing problem in Isla Vista — so they did. In 2011, students at the University of California, Santa Barbara graciously approved a fee measure to keep The Bottom Line, which has been going strong ever since. Every day, readers pick up a copy from newsstands all around campus, or browse our website in search of the latest content.
Ever since Volume 1, Issue 1, TBL has taken on a myriad of identities. It has been an investigative news source, a reflection of the changing community, and a supplement to keep voters informed. Yet, over the years, TBL has evolved to encompass all that and move far past it. It’s a hub of breaking news, investigative pieces and thoughtful opinions on subjects far and wide. At the moment, we cover news, features, arts & entertainment, science & technology and opinionated content, and we’re open to all interested writers, photographers, illustrators, and videographers.
We pride ourselves on providing an experience for UCSB students to participate in, whether breaking, making or reading the news. We invite you to join us, no matter how you do it. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to get started. We look forward to working with you and providing you with reliable, high quality news.
How to Access The Bottom Line
Our weekly newspaper is available in print at locations all around campus. Our website, thebottomline.as.ucsb.edu, features the full contents of each weekly newspaper, plus our most recent stories from all sections of News, Features, Art & Entertainment, Science & Tech, and Opinions. You can also watch our videos, peruse through our photos of campus life, or simply come by the Annex (Building 434) at 7 PM on Tuesdays for our general meetings. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to stay connected.
Many of our previous staff members have gone on to pursue journalism and careers in the media industry after college. Some of our alumni include:
- Gwendolyn Wu (Class of 2018) – Breaking News Reporter, San Francisco Chronicle
- Shomik Mukherjee (Class of 2018) – Reporter, Eureka Times-Standard
- Claire Breen (Class of 2016) – Assistant Producer, The Hill
- Matthew Burciaga (Class of 2016) – Education Reporter, Santa Maria Times
- Chloe Babauta (Class of 2015) – Culture & Land Reporter, Pacific Daily News
- Isabelle Geczy (Class of 2015) – Organizer, Greenpeace
- Sam Goldman (Class of 2015) – Reporter, Mission Local
- Coleman Gray (Class of 2015) – Senior Editor, The Sports Quotient
- Montana MacLachlan (Class of 2015) – News Anchor, NBC Montana (former)
- Matt Mersel (Class of 2015) – Associate Producer, Blitz ESports
- Marissa Perez (Class of 2015) – Production Assistant, NBC
- Anjali Shastry (Class of 2014) – Communications Specialist, Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
- Bianca Beltrán (Class of 2013) – Weekend Anchor, KSBW Action News 8
- Annalise Domenighini (Class of 2013) – Social Media Producer, NYLON Magazine
- Amanda Garcia (Class of 2012) – Production Assistant NBC / MSNBC (former)
- Steven Wilson (Class of 2011) – Sports Editor, Roseville Press Tribune
- Megan Barnes (Class of 2009) – Reporter, Daily Breeze