SJMC Students and Faculty Represent Texas State University SPJ Chapter at Excellence in Journalism 2017

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Triston Giesie (left) and Jakob Rodriguez (right) with Senior White House Correspondent for CNN Jim Acosta at EIJ 2017

Professor Kym Fox and two SJMC students attended Excellence in Journalism 2017, the national conference of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), National Association of Hispanic Journalists (NAHJ), the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) and the Native American Journalists Association (NAJA), in Anaheim, California this month.

“Students get the chance to meet with not only other university students but also professionals who have more than 20 years of work experience,” said Fox. “Getting exposed to high profile journalists help students learn from the pros and shape their career.”

This year, SJMC students Triston Giesie and Jakob Rodriguez attended a session called “Work in Progress: Pressing the President” with Jim Acosta, CNN; Christina Bellantoni, Los Angeles Times; Adrian Carrasquillo, Buzzfeed news; Jeff Pegues, CBS News; Margaret Talev, Bloomberg; and Kyle Pope, Columbia Journalism Review.

Triston Giesie

Currently a junior in public relations, Triston Giesie thinks that from meeting media icons to his current peers and future coworkers at EIJ 2017 helped him set future.

“The conference, to me, seemed to open my eyes and connect me to the mainstream journalism network,” said Giesie. “Now that I have attended it, I feel exponentially more confident in my ability to gain a job after graduation—or even an internship before that.”

Jakob Rodriguez

Jakob Rodriguez said he had a great time taking school trips and representing the university.

I loved being able to represent Texas State at the National SPJ conference,” said Rodriguez. “A Personal highlight is stepping up and speaking on the floor in favor of a proposed bylaw change.” 

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Featured Student: Sara Shields

11205507_1094288760588668_4648911632773368105_nWith a love for drones, web design and technology, Digital Media graduate student Sara Shields is constantly looking for new, innovative ways to tell a story. That’s what led her to her newest endeavor: graduation video “e-nouncements.” As she works hard in earning her master’s degree from the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Shields shared with us what led to her passion for these new media projects and how she hopes to use them for her future.

Q: What is the “senior graduation” video about?

Sara: I just recently made a “senior graduation” video (shown below).
While I was doing a friend’s senior portraits, I also captured candid moments during our photo session through a video format.

Q: Why did you make the video?

Sara: I’ve always tried to find interesting or creative ways to visually tell a story. For a few years, I’ve been doing senior portraits and designing graduation announcements for college seniors. One day I was trying to think of new creative ways to announce a college graduation, when all of a sudden the video idea hit me: “E-nnouncements.” Rather than announce a senior’s graduation through printed images or invitations, why not “e-nnounce” it online through a video? Since my main passion is videography, I decided this would be a perfect opportunity to try something new and different on a digital platform.

Q: What would you like to do once you graduate?

Sara: Once I graduate, I hope to find a job doing videography or web design, as these are two of my passions.  


Sara received her bachelor’s degree in Public Relations at Texas State University, and now she teaches two Web Design and Publishing courses in the mass communication program and loves the challenges and opportunities in web design. Great job, Sara! If you would like a graduation video made by Sara, check out her contact information and website below!

Email: saramshields@gmail.com
Website: www.sara-shields.com

Congratulations, 2016 CBI National Student Production Awards Winners!

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We would like to take a moment to congratulate the winners of the CBI National Student Production Awards Competition 2016, which were honored during the College Broadcasters, Inc. National Student Electronic Media Convention this past week.

  • 2nd Place – Best Audio Promo – “60-Second Science” – Greg Arellano, Jourdan Bazley
  • 2nd Place – Best Video Promo – “Girrrl Party Promo” – Liliana Rivera
  • 3rd Place – Best Video Promo – “KTSW Quad Promo” – Geoffrey King
  • 4th Place – Best Audio Documentary/Public Affairs – “In the Public Interest: LGBTQIA” – DaLyah Jones, Jacquelyn Carter, Sarah Bey and Clayton Kelley

Congratulations to our creative and talented students!

Join us for “Cash Cab” on News Engagement Day!

image2.PNGHelp SJMC’s Dr. Kelly Kaufhold celebrate News Engagement Day on Tuesday, Oct. 4 with a “Cash Cab” from 12-1 p.m. outside the LBJ Student Center. Students who answer his current events questions correctly can have a chance to win some fabulous prizes. This special day was created by the AEJMC to encourage students to “read, watch, like, tweet, post, text, email, listen to, or comment on news.”

Started out from a national academic conference AEJMC in 2014, News Engagement Day has become a global event. Every year, exactly one month before the election day, people in all 50 states and dozens of countries encourage young people to explore news and raise awareness about the importance of being informed citizens.

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In preparation for the big day, Dr. Kaufhold has been tweeting his heart out on Twitter at @kkaufhold with question hints for students. When the event is done, Dr. Kaufhold plans to measure this as a research project. Research has shown that the Millennial generation tends to ignore and get less involved in the news. However, through efforts like News Engagement Day, we hope to pique students’ curiosity about the news and get students involved. For more information, follow #newsengagementday or visit the official News Engagement Day website at newsengagement.org.

SJMC students get #social

Photo from Twitter user @priscillam_28

Photo from Twitter user @priscillam_28

In mass communication, it has become increasingly important to see social media, such as Twitter, as a way to engage with communities outside people’s individual social spheres. And that’s exactly what students have done in Senior Lecturer Jon Zmikly’s Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media class. One of his assignments, the “Twitter Scavenger Hunt,” was inspired by CUNY Grad School of Journalism Social Journalism Director Carrie Brown-Smith‘s assignment of the same name.

Zmikly’s students found their unique voice among the social media noise and discovered new people to follow, promote their school, discover other people’s’ stories or see a new perspective on campus. This assignment helps students think like a storyteller, think like a persuasive communicator, and show the world what’s so great about Texas State University! Click here or view the Storify below to see some of students’ work.

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