Upcoming Speaker: Lauren Appa

appaThe Association for Women in Communications has a meeting this Thursday, March 28th at 6:30 p.m. in Old Main Room 201. Our speaker for the meeting is Lauren Appa. She is a freelance content creator and owner of AppaInk Copywriting. She is a graduate of UT and a Certificate in Sustainable Business from the Bainbridge Graduate Institute.

There will be snacks and refreshments. We are looking for officers next year and will be handing out applications, so be sure to apply! We will also be collecting dues, which are $34 for national membership and $15 for our local chapter. Make sure you come out for the meeting because it’s going to be great!


Upcoming Speaker: Neice Bell

neice bellThe last SPJ meeting of the semester will feature the publisher of the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, Neice Bell. Don’t miss this opportunity to connect with local professionals!

Tuesday, April 2
6:30 p.m. in OM320
(meeting starts at 6 p.m./ speaker at 6:30 p.m.)

Bell will discuss how community newspapers are still the most important news source in the U.S. and why that’s the case. She will also talk about some of her experiences and what she looks for when she hires someone. We look forward to seeing you there!

Faculty Profiles: Chuck Kaufman

Chuck Kaufman

by: Divya Darsi

You never know where an opportunity may lead you. For Chuck Kaufman, one opportunity, eight years ago, led him to become a well-loved senior lecturer at Texas State’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Kaufman was operating a corporate communications firm in Austin when he was offered an opportunity to teach a course at Texas State. Kaufman came to teach one evening course, an editing 3383 class.

“I kept getting new teaching opportunities and the more I did it, the more I enjoyed it,” said Kaufman. In 2011, he was awarded the Foundations in Excellence Award. He still does some consulting these days through Kaufman Communications, but devotes the vast majority of his time at school.

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Student Media finalists for Region 8 Mark of Excellence Awards

Congratulations to the University Star Staff, KTSW, and the Texas State of Change organization for being selected to receive Region 8 Mark of Excellence Awards! The actual place awarded will be announced at the awards ceremony, during the Region 8 Spring Conference. The conference takes place May 3-4 in San Antonio, Texas at the downtown Marriott Plaza.

Entrants Media Outlet Entry Title
Best Affiliated Web Site (Large) Staff University Star The University Star Website
Editorial Cartooning (Large) Editorial Board University Star Main Point
General Column Writing (Large) Savannah Wingo University Star Columns
General News Photography (Large) Austin Humphreys University Star Damon “Tuba Gooding Jr.” Bryson
General News Reporting (Large) Kolten Parker University Star Presidential Perks
In-Depth Reporting (Large) Liza Winkler & Jena Coolidge University Star Poverty
Online Feature Reporting (Large) Mark Wilson, Andrew Goodwin & Austin Humphreys University Star SXSW Recap
Online Opinion & Commentary (Large) Editorial Board University Star Columns
Online Sports Reporting (Large) Josh Brown University Star Josh Brown
Sports Column Writing (Large) Jordan Brewer University Star Sports Column
Online In-Depth Reporting (Large) TexasStateofChange.com TexasStateofChange.com Texas State of Change
Best All-Around Radio Newscast Staff KTSW-FM 89.9 College Radio Day Newscast
Radio News Reporting Sarah Vasquez KTSW-FM 89.9 Hurricane Sandy

Check the conference’s event page for more information.

First-place regional winners will automatically advance to the national round of the competition. A list of regional winners will be posted on spj.org the Monday after the conference.