KTSW finalist for National Student Production Awards

KTSWWe’re proud to announce that KTSW 89.9-FM is a finalist in two categories for the College Broadcasters, Inc. National Student Production Awards. This is the second year in a row that KTSW has been a finalist in the Best Station Imaging category (they received the top award last year) and the third time KTSW has been a finalist in the Best Student Media Website category since 2007, after receiving the top award in 2007 and being a finalist in 2008.

The College Broadcasters, Inc. National Student Electronic Media Convention will be held in San Antonio Oct. 31-Nov 2. The awards ceremony will be held during the three-day convention.

Congratulations to Lauren Johnson, KTSW promotions director 2012-2013, and the KTSW staff, who put an extreme amount of effort into MR Fest 2013 and are very deserving of this honor, and Brandon Van Slyke—the KTSW “Web Wizard,” who’s rocking the KTSW website all the way to the national finals!

Here are the other finalists in these categories:

Best Station Imaging
WPTS-FM, “WTPS-FM Imaging” – University of Pittsburgh
KTSW-FM 89.9, “MR Fest 2013″ – Texas State University-San Marcos
Radio DePaul, “The Chicago Show Imaging Package” – DePaul University
The Edge-WSWI, “The Edge Imaging” – University of Southern Indiana

Best Student Media Website
WKNC-FM, wknc.org – North Carolina State University
ROAR Network, roarnetwork.com – Loyola Marymount University
KJHK 90.7 FM, kjhk.org – University of Kansas
KTSW-FM 89.9, ktsw.txstate.edu – Texas State University-San Marcos

KTSW supervisor Dan Schumacker says he’s very proud of the students and their accomplishments.


Checking In With NYC Alums

Posted by SJMC Professor Cindy Royal:

Whenever I am traveling, I love to be able to check in with former students to see how they are doing. This month, I was in Washington, D.C. for the conference of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. While on the east coast, I also made plans to head up to New York City for a few days to see some friends and say hi to a few of our SJMC alumni.

In D.C., between conference presentations and poster sessions, I was able to visit with Texas State grad Anna Tauzin. After leaving our program, Anna received a master’s degree from American University. She worked for J-Lab and then moved to the National Restaurant Association, where she serves as the Manager for Digital Innovation. I am very impressed with the direction of her career and the way she is influencing an entire industry. It was great to catch up with her.

In New York, I was fortunate to be able to spend time with several former students and some friends. I arranged a meet up at Lillie’s in Union Square that included Texas State grads Maira Garcia of The New York Times, Jackie Baylon of Digital First Media, Rebecca Ambrose of Rizzoli International Publications and Jessie Spielvogel who owns the media consultancy Split Aces Media. Joining us were some awesome media women of New York, Sisi Wei and Amanda Zamora of ProPublica, Annie Werner of Tumblr and Katie Zhu (soon to be at Medium), Brittany Storoz, Tiff Fehr and Kiran Bhattaram (soon to be at Stripe) of The New York Times. It was wonderful to hear about the success of our graduates and to provide networking opportunities with other professionals in the area. And it was a lot of fun. I hope to be able to do it again soon.

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Dr. Muk wins best paper at Society for Marketing Advances annual conference

Alexander MukDr. Alexander Muk, lead author of the research paper Cultural Influence on Young Consumers’ Intentions to Become Brand Page Fans: Individualism versus Collectivism has won the best paper award in the cross-cultural and global marketing track at the coming 2013 Society for Marketing Advances annual conference. The co-authors of the paper are Dr. Christina Chung of Ramapo College and Dr. Jonghoon Kim of Incheon National University. The 2013 Society for Marketing Advances conference is scheduled for late October in Hilton Head, South Carolina. Dr. Alexander Muk is an Assistant Professor of Advertising in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

SJMC honored at College of Fine Arts and Communication Convocation

2013-08-22 10.05.32Faculty and staff in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication took home several awards at Thursday’s College of Fine Arts and Communication Convocation, hosted by Dean Timothy Mottet in the JCM Building. After welcoming new faculty and staff to the college, Mottet honored this year’s Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching recipients, including SJMC faculty Dr. Cindy Royal and Kym Fox. Recipients of this prestigious university-wide award receive $5,000 each and are honored at President Denise Trauth’s convocation.

Runners up for the award included:

  • Federico Subervi and Jacie Yang for scholarly/creative activities ($800 each)
  • Tim England and Alexander Muk for service ($800 each)

The SJMC’s own Dr. Laurie Fluker was also honored for her continuing service as the college’s Associate Dean of Student Affairs and Retention, and several of the school’s faculty and staff were introduced with new positions and appointments, including:

  • Beth Clark
  • Elizabeth “Gigi” Taylor
  • Dale Blasingame
  • Olga Mayoral Wilson
  • Grace Capwell
  • Vanessa Higgins
  • Gilbert Martinez
  • Harry Bowers

One entertaining highlight of the morning included a special rendition of “This Is Your Teaching Life,” where mysterious alums praised their favorite faculty members from a microphone outside the room. Dr. Tim England was surprised by a former student who appreciated his teaching style.

Dean Timothy Mottet’s finishing remarks were to encourage all faculty to be “deviants,” thanking them for making a decision to be extraordinary and warning them not to slip back into “ordinary.”

“This is a front-and-center year for the College of Fine Arts and Communication,” Mottet said, referring to this year’s numerous university awards and the upcoming Performing Arts Center. “All eyes are on us.”

Mottet closed by highlighting the importance of unique and relevant teaching, keeping it a meaningful and rewarding process and synthesizing teaching with creative abilities and asked faculty to make sure they leave their “signature” on their students and the university.

Dr. Tim England receives Outstanding Service Award

Tim England receives awardSJMC Associate Professor Tim England was honored with the Keith P. Sanders Outstanding Service Award by Kappa Tau Alpha and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication on Friday, August 9, 2013 in Washington, D.C.  Kappa Tau Alpha is a national honor society in journalism and mass communication established to recognize and encourage scholarship. Dr. England has served 11 years as adviser of the Texas State University chapter. KTA was founded in 1910 at the University of  Missouri and has chapters located at 95 colleges and universities.

Upcoming: KTSW sports symposium

KTSW SportsKTSW 89.9 will present a sports symposium from 1:00-8:00 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013.  The sports symposium will coincide with the orientation and training of the KTSW sports staff for the fall 2013 broadcast season.

The schedule for the KTSW Sports Symposium will include:

1:00 – Sports: The Rundown
Jeremy Pena, KTSW Sports Director
An overview of KTSW Sports Department policies, procedures, expectations

2:00 – Complying with NCAA Rules: The Do’s and Don’ts
Kelsey Solis, Texas State Assistant Athletics Director

3:00 – Writing Sports: Radio, Blogs, Online & Social Media
Tyler Mayforth, Sports Editor, San Marcos Daily Record; Larry Carlson, Senior Lecturer, School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Texas State University

5:30 – Dinner

6:30 – Talking Sports: Play-by-Play & sports talk radio
Bill Schoening, radio play-by-play announcer, San Antonio Spurs; Brant Freeman, Sports Director, KGNB 1420 AM, play-by-play announcer, Texas State University Bobcats;  Bill Culhane, play-by-play announcer, Texas State University Bobcats

All sessions will be held in Old Main 234 on the Texas State University campus, unless otherwise noted.  Times and talent are subject to change.

Any Texas State students interested in attending the KTSW Sport Symposium are welcome to attend, space permitting.  Please email Dan Schumacher at ds46@txstate.edu if you have any questions.

Clark elected as regional director of Garden Writers Association

Beth ClarkSJMC Senior Lecturer Beth Clark has been elected for a two-year term as regional director for Region V of the Garden Writers Association, an international nonprofit that provides leadership and opportunities for education, career development and interactions among professionals in the field of garden communications. She will work with U.S. industry professionals within a 13-state region to coordinate information and events.

Freelance journalist chronicles life with quads

Freelance journalist chronicles life with quads:
by Myriann Harden

Amber BellAmber Bell gave birth to quadruplets last year, and yet she still has time to run her own freelance writing business in Houston.

“The pregnancy was one of the most difficult things I have ever done or will ever do,” said the 27-year-old Bell.

Bell, who grew up in Irving outside of Dallas, went to community college at 15 to get her associate’s degree. Then she decided she wanted to go to Texas State University-San Marcos to study journalism.

“I always liked writing ever since I was really little,” said Bell.

Professor Susan Weill said she really enjoyed having Bell in her journalism classes.

“If anybody can handle quadruplets it’s Amber,” said Weill.

Weill said Bell was an excellent student. “She always jumped into her assignments with gusto,” said Weill.

Right out of college, Bell worked at a new magazine, ICON. She had to help build the magazine from the ground up.

“It was a big mess at first, but it was a chance to stick both hands into the industry,” said Bell. “I just kind of winged it.”

Bell went on to work at five other publications throughout her career. She even got to live in Scotland for a year and write freelance at many publications.


Bell’s quads

After she came back to Houston, Bell and her husband, Mike decided they were ready to have children.

When they first started trying, the couple had some trials. Bell had two miscarriages. They tried for a while to get pregnant and finally, after a year, they were pregnant—with quadruplets.

Even before the quadruplets were born they gave Bell trouble. She spent two months on bed rest in the hospital before delivering three girls and a boy about 10 weeks early. The couple named the babies Harrison, Logan, Kailey and Trystan.

It was another two months before the Amber and her husband could take their babies home.

Throughout the pregnancy and now as a new mom, Bell has chronicled her life with the quads. She writes a personal blog, Texas Tales, and also maintains her freelance writing website. She said it takes a little longer to get things done with the quads.

Bell said that it takes about an hour to feed all four babies, and she doesn’t get much time for herself during the day.

“I have one-hour increments to work, shower, do laundry and sleep,” said Bell.

Even with four newborns to care for, Bell makes time for her freelance writing, just not as often. Bell said sometimes she has to reread stories multiple times to make sure she didn’t write them in her sleep. She said she cannot believe that work actually gets done.

Recently, Bell’s mother and stepfather came to Houston to help with the babies so she could have more time to work. They watch the babies one afternoon every week so that Bell can get out and get work done.

“I think it’s crazy that I can say, at 27, I’ve done the hardest thing I will ever do in my life, and it’s over, and I survived,” said Bell.

Mass Comm Professor retraces her father’s steps in Zurich

Dr. Sandhya RaoSchool of Journalism and Mass Communication Professor and Graduate Advisor Sandy Rao writes about Zurich and shares some family history in her latest travel article. Read her Zurich travel feature in the San Antonio Express News.

Before coming to the United States, Rao worked as a journalist in India. Her articles were published in India’s top magazines and newspapers. She has also worked as a public relations officer in the corporate office of India’s largest earthmoving equipment company. Dr Rao teaches classes in travel journalism and international communication. She is also a professor of International Studies at Texas State University.