The Otter Realm, CSUMB’s student newspaper since 1995, covered student activities, university events, and issues relating to the campus community. Produced by the School of Humanities & Communication (HCOM), the Otter Realm began as a once-a-month publication but has been published bi-monthly since March 1997.

As of the Fall 2017 semester, the Otter Realm transitioned from Academic Affairs to Student Activities. This change allowed students to start fresh and rebuild the newspaper from the ground up, introducing modern designs, integration with social media and online tools, and a variety of other changes. The Lutrinae is a fun, unique, and modern way to show our Otter Pride and effectively communicate with the entire campus community.

Awards & Recognition

  • First Place Winner – California College Media Association best special section for non-weekly publication category.
  • Pacemaker Award – highest honor given by the Associated Collegiate Press, presented at the group’s annual meeting in Austin, Texas on October 31.
  • Fourth Place Winner – National College Journalism Convention in Seattle for Best of Show in “less-than-weekly papers” category.
  • Awarded a $1,500 grant from the California Press Foundation.
  • Earned 10 awards at the California College Media Association’s annual Excellence in Student Media Awards ceremony on February 20, 2016.


Although Otter Realm’s website is no longer available, we want to honor all of the hard work and dedication that previous students put into the school newspaper. You can still enjoy some of the Otter Realm’s award-winning print archives below. For additional archives between 1995-2004, visit CSUMB’s Digital Commons website.



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