Record 412 students attend SJMC Internship, Career Fair

By Chuck Kaufman, SJMC Internship and Career Development Coordinator

Students at the SXSW table

Students at the SXSW table

A record 412 students attended the SJMC Internship and Career Fair Wednesday, Oct. 30, in the LBJ Ballroom, once again impressing employers from 38 companies and many others.

Gene Butler, volunteer and intern coordinator for South by Southwest Conferences and Festivals,  was overwhelmed by the number of quality students attending this year’s event.

“We always make great contacts at Texas State,” he said, adding, “Many interns from here have ended up working with us full-time. There’s never a shortage of talent here.”

SXSW only takes 50 interns and accepts more than 2,000 volunteers annually to put on what has become an international event.

Chris Covo, former student government president, was attending his first fair as an employer. “This was really fantastic, and I left here with about 100 resumes,” said Covo, whose family is starting two magazines, “Edible Austin” and “Edible San Antonio.” He was looking for writers, ad sales representatives and others.

Television stations KHOU11 in Houston, KSAT12 in San Antonio, KVUE Austin, Telemundo were among television stations who also returned home with resumes for reporting, production and ad sales positions. Entercomm, Clear Channel Radio and Texas State’s own KTSW also attracted long lines of interested candidates.

Central Texas Medical Center, the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Schlitterbahn were among an impressive group of companies or nonprofits that attended and reported impressive recruits.

Allison Birk of Career Services was pleased with a packed ballroom and announced that the Texas Association of Broadcasters would be returning  as a catalyst for  the School’s internship and career fair in the spring.

Students who want to stay current on internship opportunities should “like” the TxState SJMC Internships, Careers Facebook page and visit the SJMC Internships website.


KTSW-FM 89.9 presents, “How To Be A Victorious Voter”

KTSWKTSW-FM 89.9 will be hosting its first “How to be a Victorious Voter” event this month. On October 30, House District 51 State Representative Jason Isaac and Texas State political science professor Doctor Jayce Farmer will speak at Texas State University on the subject of voting. The event is open to the public and will held be from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in room 341 of Flowers Hall on the Texas State campus.

Isaac and Farmer hope to give insight to attendees about how to be an informed and educated voter in upcoming elections. Unregistered voters will be able to register at the event for the spring elections. After their speeches, Doctor Farmer and Representative Isaac will direct a question and answer portion with the audience members.

KTSW consists of an all-student staff and is the official radio station of Texas State University broadcasting in San Marcos.

The exact location of Flowers Hall can be found on Texas State University’s website. For more information about the “How to be a Victorious Voter” event, please contact Hannah Cramer or visit the KTSW-FM 89.9 website at

Mass Comm Career Fair – Wed., Oct. 30

SJMC Career Fair

SJMC Career Fair

Polish your resume. Dress respectably. The SJMC Internship and Career Fair will be held 1 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30 in the LBJ Ballroom. Visit representatives from Emmis Austin Radio, Clear Channel of San Antonio, KENS-TV, the SXSW Festival & Conference and dozens of other employers.  For a full list, click here.

Need a sample resume? Request one at

Mass Comm Week just around the corner:

We’re so excited to announce that Evan Smith, Robert Kolker, Ann Stevens (’72), and Denise Malan will be among the speakers for Mass Comm Week 2013 taking place Oct. 21-25. Speakers will discuss careers and opportunities within the industry.

Evan Smith, editor-in-chief and CEO of The Texas Tribune will speak on Monday, Oct. 21. The Texas Tribune is a nonprofit, non-partisan online news organization that focuses on Texas politics and public policy. Smith co-founded the Tribune after spending 18 years leading Texas Monthly magazine to success. He currently hosts a PBS television series, Overheard with Evan Smith, where he interviews some of today’s most interesting public figures such as Nancy Pelosi, Michael McKean and Kasim Reed.

Robert Kolker, investigative reporter and author of The New York Times nonfiction best-seller, “Lost Girls: An Unsolved Mystery,” will present “A Conversation with Robert Kolker,” on Tuesday, Oct. 22. As contributing editor for New York magazine, Kolker writes articles that focus on life-changing events for everyday people. His work covers a variety of topics, including the heroics of firefighters, Boston Marathon bombing suspects and the police shooting of Sean Bell.

Ann Stevens, class of ’72 and president of BioMed SA, will speak on Wednesday, Oct. 23. BioMed is a nonprofit organization formed to promote and expand San Antonio’s healthcare and bioscience assets. Stevens has firsthand experience, having spent eight years as director of corporate communications and investor relations for ILEX Oncology Inc., San Antonio’s first biopharmaceutical company.  She graduated from Texas State University with a B.A. in journalism with highest honors – and will receive a Distinguished Alumni Award on Friday, Oct. 25, during Texas State Homecoming weekend.

Denise Malan, data director for the Investigative News Network and Investigative Reporters & Editors, will present an overview of IRE and demonstrations of data journalism on Wednesday, Oct. 23 and Thursday, Oct. 24. Malan, former data/investigative editor for Corpus Christi Caller-Times, is in charge of facilitating data-analysis services to INN’s membership of more than 80 nonprofit investigative news organizations.

Other featured presenters include:

  • Katherine McLane, former vice president of communications for LiveStrong Foundation.
  • Erica Schuckies, account executive for Business Wire.
  • Michelle Tanzola, marketing and public information manager for the City of Austin Fire Department.

Check out the full schedule at

Faculty Spotlight: Bruce Smith

Bruce SmithMass Comm major Shawna Guilianelli sat down with SJMC professor Bruce Smith to hear his perspective on students, teaching and his traveling adventures. Take a look!

Hometown: Duluth, Minnesota
Current City: San Marcos, Texas

Q: What brought you to Texas State University?
A: They were advertising for a new chair of what was then the Department of Mass Communication and wanted someone who could lead the department to national professional accreditation. I had done that at the University of South Dakota and University of Alaska, so I had the experience of leading a university to that specific objective. I found it an interesting process and an interesting challenge. Also, I was in South Dakota, and I came to the conclusion that it might be fun to live in a place that didn’t snow all the time.

Q: How long have you been here?
A: This is my 14th year

Q: What courses do you teach?
A: Traditionally, I’ve taught the Intro to Advertising, Intro to Public Relations and the really large lecture sections in the teaching theaters. I also teach a couple of media management class at the graduate level.

smith_et_al_cvr.inddQ: Are you currently researching?
A: I finished one [research paper] last year, working with some professors in the McCoy College of Business — a marketing research project. I’m also working on a PR textbook. It has gone through its third edition, and we’re planning the fourth edition. It has been adopted now by a number of other schools. The book is in use in Florida and South Carolina and other places, so that’s where my emphasis has been lately.

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: I travel. A lot. In 2012, I spent a month in to Australia, and then I went to Egypt for the holidays. That was quite a lot of travel for one calendar year, but it’s a big hobby of mine. Other than that, I like to just exercise and stay busy.

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Q: What inspires you?
A: Staying challenged and learning new things. Part of being open to learning something new is just being almost stunned by some new realization or revelation.

Q: What is most fulfilling about working with college students?
A: I like the energy of students. A lot of people don’t like intro classes, but I enjoy introducing students to a topic, such as public relations, and giving them an overview of the profession. It’s fun for me to get other people excited about public relations because I’m excited about public relations. Whether a student is interested in sports, fashion, politics or special events, they can enjoy doing public relations for something they’re passionate about.

Q: What advice would you give students?
A: Think about why an employer would hire you. From an employer’s position, every new graduate applying to a job has probably taken the same courses and has a similar GPA. So, it’s going to come down to you being active in PRSSA, you being a volunteer, having a double major, speaking another language or traveling. Anything that’s a part of your story that makes you different from everybody else. Thinking about yourself as a brand and wanting to create a unique story that’s going to get people’s attention.

Mass Comm Week quickly approaches

Mass Comm WeekThe SJMC will host its annual Mass Communication Week from Oct. 21 to 25. Open to the public, the event brings professionals to campus to discuss issues, trends and careers in mass media.

Mass Comm Week kicks off Monday, Oct. 21, with a Student Organization Open House from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on the first floor of Old Main. The event is open to all majors and will host student organizations such as PRSSA, Texas State Advertising Club and the Society of Professional Journalists.

Gary Vaynerchuk at MC WeekMass Comm Week is a five-day informational and networking event that is designed to introduce Texas State students to media professionals. More than 30 speakers will present including Lauren Corbut, a primetime producer at The Weather Channel; and Katherine McLane, former vice president of communications at Livestrong Foundation.

“Our faculty members have terrific contacts within the professions, and many students have made valuable professional contacts over the years during Mass Comm Week,” said Beth Clark, director of Mass Comm Week. “We appreciate the speakers who take time out of their schedules to visit campus. Thanks to technology, this year we’ll also host some far-flung speakers at Skype, including Annie Werner of Tumblr, based in New York City; and alumna Bharati Naik of CNN International.”

Other featured presenters include:

  • Michele Tanzola, marketing and public information manager for the City of Austin Fire Department, who will speak at the Round Rock campus.
  • Robert Kolker, contributing editor at New York Magazine and author of the book, “Lost Girls,” who will present “A Conversation with Robert Kolker” at Centennial Hall on the San Marcos campus.
  • Denise Malan, data director for the Investigative News Network and IRE, who will present an introduction to IRE and her background in the business on the San Marcos campus.

For more information and complete schedule of events, please visit About Mass Comm Week: Mass Communication Week is an annual conference in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University. Students have the opportunity to hear professionals discuss issues, trends and careers in mass media. Each year, more than 30 events feature speakers representing the fields of journalism, advertising, public relations, digital media and more. Students participate by covering the event, using social media and interacting with guests.

Student Organization of the Month: SPJ

The Society of Professional Journalists have been hard at work this semester as they’ve toured university and professional newsrooms, attended conferences and networked with professionals. Find out what they’ve been up to, and how you can be a part of the fun!

VP Katee Boyd accepting the Region 8 Chapter of the Year Award at the National Covention in Anaheim!

VP Katee Boyd accepting the Region 8 Chapter of the Year Award at the National Convention in Anaheim!

Organization Name: Texas State Society of Professional Journalists

Recent events:

  • Excellence in Journalism Convention in Anaheim, California: Our President, Jordan Gass-Poore’ and VP Katee Boyd, attended the Excellence in Journalism National SPJ Conference in Anaheim, Calif. last month, where they met professionals from all over the country and mingled with celebrities, such as Eva Longoria and Benjamin Bratt. Not to mention, a free trip to Disneyland! We are excited to announce that Texas State won Region 8 Student Chapter of the Year for 2012-2013, over all other schools in Texas and Oklahoma. Our goal this year is to not only take home that title again, but to win the National Student Chapter of the year. We hope to accept this award in Nashville, Tenn. where next year’s conference will be held.
  • September meeting: For our first event of the semester, we toured the offices of The University Star and KTSW.

Meeting times/location:
We are trying to keep our meetings fresh and flexible to our members, so we’re trying something new this year. We are planning to steer clear of the typical once-a-month meeting and instead gear them toward events and gatherings that promote networking and interaction amongst members and professionals. Because of this, we do not have a set time and location each month that we meet. If prospective members are interested in knowing more about our events, they can follow us on twitter @txstspj or “like” us on Facebook at Texas State Society of Professional Journalists. They can also send us an email at, and we will add them to our mailing list. They should also be able to spot our flyers around campus.

Plans for the future:
In October, we will be attending an event at Trinity University in San Antonio. In observance of the 40th anniversary of Watergate, journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, who won a Pulitzer Prize for their reporting on the scandal, will discuss, “Inside the White House: From Nixon to Obama” at Trinity’s 2013 Distinguished Lecture Series. The event will be on Tuesday, Oct. 29, in Laurie Auditorium, at 7:30 p.m.

This semester, we will be touring the New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung’s offices and printing press. We will also be setting up networking opportunities with professionals in our members fields of interest, so they can mingle and engage with them in a comfortable, non-intimidating environment. We plan on asking a professional to have a resume critique session, so that members can bring in their resume and get advice.

We will also sign up for Bobcat Build in the spring semester in order to give back to the community as an organization.

President: Jordan Gass-Poore’
Vice President: Katee Boyd
Secretary/Treasurer: Catherine O’hara
Membership/Recruitment: Haley House
Social Media: Erin Cantu
Photographer: Kim Sabatino
Fundraising Chair: Rachel Miller
Fundraising Committee: Virginia Alves and Nicole Barrios

Web Resources:
Facebook: Texas State Society of Professional Journalists
Twitter: @txstspj
Instagram: @txst_spj


The Southwest through Images

southwestA three-day documentary festival slated three Thursdays in October– the 3rd, 10th and 24th,  will share the vital experiences of the people who live or have lived in the Southwest region of Texas.

The documentary festival is an excellent opportunity for all students and members of the community to witness the experiences captured in images,  filmed and produced by young talent, who have set their eyes and heart on the Southwest region of the Lone Star State.  Sergio Carvajal, graduate student and Vanessa Ramos, undergraduate communication student, will showcase their work and perspectives of the Southwest region, respectively. Other producers are Maru Buendia, Shannon Arteage, Mario Troncoso and Miguel Alvarez.

“By witnessing the work of the concerned and responsible students the spectators will experience the different lifestyles and challenges that give the uniqueness to the Southwest part of Texas,” says Olga Mayoral Wilson, APR, public relations director for the Center for the Study of Latino Media and Markets, supporter of the event.

Gloria Velásquez, Spanish senior lecturer, says, “The documentaries that will be presented are the work from filmmakers who sought the Southwest region as canvas for their creation, and will show students from different parts of the country how unique Southwest Texas is.”

Sponsors for the festival are:  Dr. Frank De La Teja, Director for the Center for the Study of the Southwest, Dr. Margarita Arellano, Dean of Students, Dr. Jaime Chahin, Dean of College of Applied Arts and The Center for the Study of Latino Media and Markets,  at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication

The festival is open to the public free of charge. For additional information, please contact the organizers of the event:  Gloria Velásquez, Spanish Senior Lecturer at 512.245.1354,  or Alba Melgar, Spanish Lecturer at 512.245.1354.