International Communications graduate students present findings at Southeast Asia Conference

asiaconferenceTexas State students participating in the graduate-level International Communications class, a hybrid class made up of International Studies and Mass Communication grad students, presented their research at the Southeast Asia Conference last week.

charlotteconferenceWorking in teams, the students singled out particular events, countries and media outlets in order to examine the complex communications landscape in Southeast Asia.

The groups presented thoughtful conclusions concerning freedom of the press, political interference and cultural differences based on analysis of translated or English-language media coverage of their chosen topic or event.

Topics researched ranged from coverage of violence against journalists in the Philippines to the different ways in which Vietnam and China represent their ongoing struggle for dominance in the South China Sea.

Sandhya Rao, who heads the class, spoke briefly about the difficulty the students faced, and extra effort required when conducting research on topics and cultures one is unfamiliar with. She emphasized repeatedly how proud she was of the level of analysis the students were able to achieve.

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Burnie Burns of Rooster Teeth visits Digital Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

Michael Justin “Burnie” Burns visited Texas State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication as the seventh and final speaker of the Digital Entrepreneurship Speaker Series on Weds, April 22. Burns is the co-creator of the internet video series “Red vs. Blue” and co-founder of the production company Rooster Teeth.

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Digital media professor Jon Zmikly began the Q&A-style discussion by asking Burns to give a history of his career in digital production. Though he started as a biology pre-med student at the University of Texas in Austin, he switched his major to computer science during his senior year, due to his interest in the rise of the Internet in the mid-90s.

Burns also became interested in filmmaking. But instead of taking classes to learn film production, he grabbed and college buddy and decided to learn as they went.

“It took us 13 months to shoot and edit our film,” said Burns. “And that was just the beginning. The real challenge was the distribution, like getting the film into an independent film festival. You send your film in, and a committee of eight or nine people determine if your film can be screened in a room full of 200 people at a festival. We got a lot of nice rejection letters.” Read more of this post

Digital Speaker Series features SJMC graduate and NY Times staffer Maira Garcia

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Maira Garcia at TX State’s Digital Speaker Series

Maira Garcia is a senior staff editor at the New York Times. She works to organize, strategize and push content for the paper’s homepage, NYTimes.com.

Interviewed by digital media graduate student Jordon Brown and speaking to what felt like a hometown crowd, Garcia, who is a Texas State graduate, returned to the university this past week as the most recent speaker in the SJMC’s Digital Entrepreneurship Series.

“I learned a lot at TX State…”

Garcia earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree with Texas State and was one of the first to matriculate under the graduate program’s Digital Media concentration.

It was this skills-focused digital concentration that she told the audience was one of the most important aspects of her time at Texas State.

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Texas State Excels at TIPA Awards

TIPAlogoTexas State students impressed last week, scooping up numerous awards from the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association.

The awards included top spots across each media category.

The staff at The University Star, Texas State’s newspaper, won Best of Show while members of the team picked up individual first-place prizes in Newspaper Design, Sports Feature Writing and News Features.

KTSW 89.9, The Other Side of Radio, scooped first place for their Commercial, PSA or Promo work as well as for their Production.

The student-produced television newscast Bobcat Update also won a number of awards; for their Sports and News non-feature work, their Sportscasting and Announcing.

See below for a full list of Texas State’s awards and winners.

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SJMC senior Olivia Williams balances school, Greek life, and internship at GSD&M

OliviaWilliamsGSDMOlivia Williams is one busy Bobcat. In addition to her studies, the senior advertising major from Flower Mound, TX works evenings as a waitress at Texas Roadhouse, participates in sorority activities in Delta Zeta and interns at the GSD&M advertising agency in Austin.

Williams is a media intern at GSD&M and is involved in such accounts as RadioShack, Stainmaster and Whole Foods. On a typical day, Williams organizes requests made by media vendors, pulls reports for previous spending patterns of media campaigns or puts together blog posts to be reviewed by her clients in order to understand where and how to spend their advertising budgets.

“Every day is unique,” Williams said. “I also sit in a lot of meetings with vendors that are trying to have the agency buy their product or ad space for our clients – which sometimes includes yummy food.” Read more of this post

Peabody Award-winning video journalist visits Digital Entrepreneurship Speaker Series

Peabody Award-winning video journalist Whitney Shefte of The Washington Post visited the Texas State University School of Journalism and Mass Communication on Weds, April 1. The Q&A discussion was facilitated by Dr. David Nolan, professor of visual communication at Texas State, as part of the Digital Entrepreneurship Speaker Series.

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Whitney Shefte answers Dr. David Nolan’s interview questions for the audience
Photo by Dale Blasingame

From Internship to Full-Time Position

Nolan opened the discussion by asking Shefte to describe her duties as Senior Video Journalist at The Washington Post. She explained that she and her team of writers create documentary-style stories, as opposed to traditional broadcast media. Her duties include shooting and editing interviews and B-roll, traveling, and some writing. The opportunity to work with The Washington Post came as a result of a summer internship, which Shefte secured with her skills in editing audio.

“At the time I was hired as an intern, audio slideshows were the hot new thing in web journalism,” she said. “And my audio editing skills blew them away.”

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