Cindy Royal is an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University in San Marcos where she teaches online and social media topics. The SXTXState project began as part of her graduate Advanced Online Media course and has grown into a nontraditional course of its own. She hosts a music blog and Web talk show at onthatnote.com and a tech blog at tech.cindyroyal.net. She also writes for Texas Music Magazine. Prior to doctoral studies at The University of Texas, Cindy had a career in Marketing at Compaq Computer (now part of Hewlett Packard) in Houston, TX and NCR Corporation in Dayton, OH.
M. Jacie Yang
Dr. Yang is an assistant professor teaching new media in School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University. She received her Ph.D. from School of Journalism, University of Texas at Austin in 2010. Yang’s research looks into users’ behaviors and perceptions of different news media and how the online medium competes with traditional news media. Her recent studies, which employed a Web-based survey, looked into how news consumers utilized smartphones as a news platform. As for her teaching career, Yang’s expertise includes Web publishing, photo editing and photo slideshow, video editing, and multimedia reporting. She currently teaches Web Design & Publishing and Web Content Management Systems.
Jon Zmikly graduated from Central Michigan University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast & cinematic arts and a minor in media design, production & technology. After working at two television stations and one radio station in his home state of Michigan, he earned his master’s degree in media studies at Texas State University-San Marcos with a concentration in new media. During that time, he worked as a graduate instructional assistant, teaching Writing for Mass Communication (MC1313) labs and assisting with Television News (MC3312) classes. He also created and produced a variety television show called Studio B, interned at SXSW Interactive, and became the webmaster at San Marcos Community Church. Jon currently works at his church part-time while teaching Web Design and Publishing at the university. He does freelance web work and is the webmaster of the School of Journalism and Mass Communication website.
Dale Blasingame is a lecturer in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. He received a master’s degree in New Media from Texas State in 2011 and an undergraduate degree in journalism from Texas State in 1999. Dale currently teaches MC3306 (Writing for Broadcast Media) and MC4382S (Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media). He’s a member of the Online News Association and Society of Professional Journalists. Prior to teaching, Dale spent nine years as a producer at News 4 WOAI, where he won two Emmy awards for Best Newscast in Texas. He was a newsroom leader in recognizing the advantages of social media for television stations. Dale is also the social media manager for Leadhub, an Internet marketing company in San Antonio, Texas. He manages social and video production for clients across Texas and California.