Statesman Editor Debbie Hiott talks about her days at Texas State

Featured Alumni: We sat down with Statesman Editor and SJMC alumna Debbie Hiott to discuss her days at the University Star, the steps she has taken to become editor of the Austin American-Statesman, and she gave students some advice on today’s media climate.


Federico Subervi Speaks at the News Literacy 2013 Leadership Conference

Center for the Study of Latino Media and Markets Director Federico Subervi makes the case for news literacy in bicultural classrooms.  You can see his presentation about bicultural, bilingual classrooms from the Center for News Literacy’s 2013 Leaders Conference at Stony Brook University in May 2013. Watch below:

Featured Student Organization: PRSSA

Texas State PRSSAOrganization Name: Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA)

Recent events: Bobcat build, Hays county CROP walk, Hill and Knowlton Workshop, Puntos De Vista

Recent projects: Bobcat build, Hays county CROP walk, Hill and Knowlton Workshop, Puntos De Vista 

Meeting times / location: Wednesday’s 5:30 PM (every other Wednesday) Flower Hall: 130

Plans for the future: PRSSA National Conference in Philadelphia, Dress for Success Fashion Show, Guest Speakers from Various different PR sectors, Student Fair Organization Participation, Philanthropic Involvement, Professional Networking and Workshops.

2013/2014 Officers:
President: Carlos Rocha
Vice President: Stephania Ortega
VP of Special Events: Allie Horton
VP of Public Relations: Chelsea Cua
VP of Membership: Sarah Sutton
Secretary: Sarah Smith
VP of Treasury: Colin Ashby

Web Resources:

Alumni Profile: Getting to Know What You’re Worth

by Luis Federico
Lisa Martin, Texas State alumnaLisa Martin was wearing an SWT James Avery charm bracelet while working a shift at H.E.B. Then a customer got in her line who would change her life.

Larry Carlson, senior lecturer at Texas State, approached Martin and asked if she was a student at the university.

“Well, I’m going to be,” Martin said.

Not knowing what she wanted to study, Martin accepted Carlson’s invitation to visit the university’s mass communication department.

The first day of orientation Martin took a tour through the university, eventually coming across Old Main.

“I don’t know why but it sounded good,” said Martin. “I latched on to that and I claimed that as my major from day one.”

A native of San Antonio, Martin applied to several universities, including Boston University, the University of San Francisco, the University of California and Texas State University.

Even though Martin was not familiar with public relations at first, she knew that’s what she wanted to study. Eventually, she fell in love with it.

“Public Relations … it gives a status to this vocation of being professional communicators,” said Martin.

Getting Started:
Because of an internship at Guerra DeBerry Coody, a marketing and communications firm in San Antonio, Martin decided agency PR was going to be the best fit for her. With two other internships at Cavazos Public Relations & Advertising and AVANCE Inc., Martin received the experience she needed.

Martin graduated from Texas State in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and went to work at Creative Civilization, a marketing, advertising and public relations agency in San Antonio.

In 2008, Martin received a Master of Arts in Administration from the University of the Incarnate Word.

After gaining a reputation in her field, and several job offers, Creative Civilization made Martin the agency’s public relations manager.

“I was ignored for a while,” said Martin. “I was literally just a name that people saw on a press release … next thing you know I’m coordinating live interviews while Placido Domingo is in Italy and he’s talking to a live television show.”

Getting Experience:
Martin is also in charge of Creative Civilization’s internship program, which she has led for the past five years.

Katherine Espinosa, an intern at Creative Civilization, says she has Martin to thank for her improvement in the PR field.

“I have had an opportunity to grow beyond academic learning and immerse myself at an internship that provided me so much experience within all aspects of a full service agency,” said Espinosa. “I am so proud to have Lisa as a professor and mentor, her expertise in the field of public relations and professionalism are qualities I hope to attain in my own career.”

Apart from working at Creative Civilization, Martin is an adjunct professor at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, where she teaches a PR writing class.

Ana Castillo, one of the students currently taking Martin’s class, says Martin’s class has inspired her academic career.

“I have confidence that she will always be there,” said Castillo. “Knowing exactly what she has to go through day to day makes me confident about what I must be aware of. She inspires me in so many ways.”

Teaching at the college level has inspired Martin to continue her education and get a doctoral degree. Because of her experience in the field, Martin plans on becoming a full-time professor.

For now, Martin is happy where she is, stating that her love for public relations pushes her to prove herself over and over again, and to never stop learning.

“To be a good PR person or any job is to keep being a scholar in your field,” said Martin. “If you’re an educator, you should keep learning how to be a better educator; if you’re a journalist you should learn how to be a better writer all the time … I’m six years into my career, and it’s been good.”

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Dave Nolan, military photographer

Dave NolanProfessor Dave Nolan’s passion is photography. He was a military photographer before a faculty member at Texas State. Check out this short photo story on his work, career and life. Dr. Nolan teaches visual communication classes, visual storytelling and media design for the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

Video by Micah Bustos, electronic media major

Professor Dave Nolan from SJMC at Texas State University on Vimeo.

Royal and Fox receive Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching

royalfoxUniversity President Denise Trauth has recently announced the 2013 honorees for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching, Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities, and Excellence in Service, and the Presidential Seminar Award. These awards are given annually to faculty members who have demonstrated outstanding performance in teaching, outstanding performance in scholarship, or outstanding performance in service.

We in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication are proud to see some familiar names on the list; Dr. Cindy Royal and Kym Fox have received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching this year! Join us in congratulating them on their accomplishments.


Professor/Associate Professor rank
Dr. Cindy L. Royal, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Assistant Professor/Instructor/Lecturer rank
Ms. Kymberly J. Fox, School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Dr. Royal and Ms. Fox have shown an outstanding ability to make teaching and learning an exciting experience.

Texas State Voices: Andrew Osegi

We’re proud of Andrew’s hard work and dedication to the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, and we wish him the best.

Bobcat Blog

Looking back: Three unforgettable years at Texas State University

By Andrew Osegi

As I look back on my three years at Texas State University — I’m about to graduate with my bachelor’s degree in journalism on May 11 — an eruption of mixed feelings floods my memory.

I feel excitement when I recall my first day on campus as a freshman. Fresh out of high school from McAllen, Texas, attending Texas State was the next big step in my life. While traversing the steps of the beautiful, foreign campus, the promise of adventure kept me eager for new experiences. As I became a seasoned Bobcat, my expectations to meet new people, explore new ideas and grow as a person were consistently met.

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Graduate students tackle Common Experience theme with class documentary

Where Am I Wearing: A Global Tour to the Countries, Factories, and People that Make Our Clothes is a book by Kelsey Timmerman that was the inspiration for this documentary which is a production of the spring 2013 Documentaries for Digital Media class in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication.

The book was part of the Texas State University 2012-2013 Common Experience program, A Global Odyssey: Exploring Our Connections to the Changing World. In the book, Timmerman travels to the factories in countries that make the clothing most Americans wear, and discovers that most of the workers are paid extremely low wages for 12-to-18-hour workdays. They have no benefits and in most cases, despite the long hours, can barely make ends meet.

This documentary attempts to make that global issue local. Students worked in teams on topics they found within the broad overall subject. The five teams each produced a 4-5 minute segment on their topic which they put together to make the 23-minute documentary shown below:

Where Are You Wearing? from SJMC at Texas State University on Vimeo.

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