Student Project Showcase: Best of Spring 2014

Each semester, SJMC students create many projects during the semester. These projects give students the chance to demonstrate and practice everything they have learned in their curriculum, as well as apply their own skills. Below is a sample of some of the best work from the classes offered here in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Enjoy!

Free Speech Essays

2014 class in front of the historic Scholz Garten. Pictured left to right: Nathan Moore, Aja Brooks, Kathryn Price, Tara Pohlmeyer, Hailey Morphis and Christopher Henry.

Students in Gilbert Martinez’s 3396E class have published 19 essays about free speech in countries around the world. The class, titled “Free Speech, Free Press, and the Supreme Court of the United States,” encourages students to research and explore contemporary and historical events in their chosen country as they relate to free speech and press issues. All essays are available to read on, which houses a collection of essays about over 40 countries worldwide.

Back in the Day: Pivotal events in American History

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Elizabeth Clark’s Back in the Day project is a collaborative glimpse into five pivotal historical events as students take on the role of archival media researchers. By examining original news coverage, students in her News Writing and Reporting class write summaries and observations of how their chosen event was covered “back in the day.”


Meals on Wheels Public Service Announcement

Students Jeremy Pena and Angel Vidal have produced a PSA for Meals on Wheels, a community assistance service that delivers meals for seniors and others with disabilities. Aside from the meal delivery program, Meals on Wheels and More offers “And More” programs designed to keep people healthy and living in their own homes. Meals on Wheels is always looking for volunteers. Visit for more information.

Select Blogs from Students

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Students in Jon Zmikly and Salwa Khan’s Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media have maintained a blog throughout the Spring semester of subjects of their choice. Each student managed the content that their blog presented. Take a peek!

Cultural traditions around the world:

Podcasting and radio—a ton of great info:

Recycling and re-using

Literate and fun:

Fitness Through Running:

Texas Sounds:

Activism Life:

The Chiving Chef:

Websites Designed and Coded by Students

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Take a glance at some websites designed and coded by students in Jon Zmikly, Jacie Yang and Cary-Anne Olson’s Web Design and Publishing classes. Students used their sites as portfolio pages to demonstrate skills in design, content, and digital media. Here are some below:

Kimberly Cook:

Aisling Clare Niestroy:

Taylor Richardson:

Brooke Boriak:

Taylor Hilpert:

Morgan Londene:

Colin Ashby:

Dillon Behen:

Micah Bustos:



About Josue Plaza
Josue Plaza is a student at Texas State University majoring in Electronic Media.

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