Jordan Cooper is in his second year of the Mass Communication graduate program at Texas State University studying digital media. He graduated from The University of Texas at Tyler in 2009 with a Bachelor of Science in Human Resource Development, and moved to Austin shortly after. Jordan knew he wanted to move to Austin after attending SXSW in 2003, and has attended multiple music events at SXSW since 2010. Currently, he works as the Ad Operations Coordinator for Four Kicks Marketing in Austin, and is a Social Media Strategist for Rogue Expeditions. He recently completed the New York City Marathon, and when he isn’t running he loves seeing live music and eating tacos.
Charles Duoto is a second-year graduate student at the Texas State University School of Journalism & Mass Communication. After acquiring his B.S. in Mass Communication & Electronic Media, Charles decided to pursue his master’s degree, and was asked to become an instructional assistant for several classes. Primarily, he has helped with the Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media class, as well as Web Design and Publishing. Additionally, he has assisted with Writing for Mass Media and Editing for Clear Communication. When he has enough free time, Charles enjoys tinkering with computer hardware and playing with his two cats.
Dylan Lochridge-Fletcher is a third-semester graduate student working towards her Masters of Mass Communication with a digital media concentration at Texas State University. She graduated in May 2016 with her BA in Mass Communication with an Art & Design minor. Dylan is a native texan and a San Marcos transplant after leaving her home in Houston after 18 years for college. Besides school, she splits her time two ways. Half of her time is spent working from home as a Technical Support Advisor for Apple since June 2014. Dylan takes both iOS calls and OS X Mac calls as well. The rest of her time is split between an on campus job since September 2013 in the Alkek and Centennial Teaching Theaters as she is in charge of the technology in the theaters and for helping professors use the equipment during classes.
Joshua Morrison holds an MA in rhetoric and culture from the University of Colorado-Boulder and is currently in his second year of studying digital media as a graduate student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) at Texas State University (TXST). He has held an adjunct faculty position at Ivy Tech Community College in Indianapolis and currently serves as a graduate teaching assistant in both the SJMC and the department of communication studies at TXST. He also produces an original segment, A Curriculum of Divas, for KTSW, the campus radio station and is the social media fellow for KASITA, an Austin-based startup company. A native Texan, he has ventured to Austin to pursue a career in teaching, research and social media marketing. He has a distinctly queer sensibility and an unassailable love of actresses and pop stars. This is his second year to be a part of SXTXState and his first to do so as a speaker at the SXSW Interactive festival.
Rachel Mosley is a first-year graduate student at Texas State University studying Mass Communications with a concentration in Digital Media. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 2013 with her BA in Psychology and minor in Journalism. She currently works as a graduate instructional assistant in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She teaches two labs for the undergraduate Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media course and assists with coordinating Mass Communications Week with a variety of faculty, staff and students. On her free time, Rachel enjoys playing and cuddling with her dog, visiting family and friends, binge watching shows and movies, and shopping.
Breanna Salinas is a graduate student studying digital media at Texas State University. She graduated with her BS in Public Relations and minor in English. She works as a Graduate Assistant for the Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media and helps Dr. Ngondo, an Assistant Professor of Public Relations, with research. She chose this career path because of her love of social networking, web development, technology growth and simply helping others from a platform where opportunities come everyday. With the hopes of someday being someone who makes a difference, or just being a helping hand, she believes her passion lies within this field. You can usually find her hiding behind a computer, hiking new trails in Central Texas or napping with her puppy!
Cindy Royal is a professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Texas State University where she teaches online and digital media topics. The SXTXState project began as part of her graduate Advanced Online Media course and has grown into a course of its own. Students apply to attend and cover the event. Cindy hosts a music blog at www.onthatnote.com and a tech blog at tech.cindyroyal.net. Prior to her doctoral studies at the University of Texas, in Austin, Texas, Cindy had a career in marketing at Compaq Computer (now part of Hewlett-Packard) in Houston, Texas, and at NCR Corporation in Dayton, Ohio.
Jon Zmikly graduated from Central Michigan University in 2006 with a bachelor’s degree in broadcast and cinematic arts and a minor in media design, production, and 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 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 produced a variety television show called Studio B, interned at SXSW Interactive, and became the webmaster at San Marcos Community Church. Jon currently teaches Web Design & Publishing and Fundamentals of Digital & Online Media at Texas State. He also co-founded a digital media agency in Austin called coiski and works as the social media manager for the School of Journalism & Mass Communication.
Dale Blasingame is a senior lecturer in the School of Journalism & 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 teaches courses in the Digital Media Innovation sequence, such as Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media, Drone Journalism, Mobile Storytelling in the Park, and Advanced Social Media and Analytics. He is a member of the Online News Association, Society of Professional Journalists and National Association of Hispanic 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 is also the social media manager for Leadhub, an Internet marketing company in San Antonio, Texas. In his free time, Dale is an avid hiker and traveler. He was one of eight honorees on Texas Highways Magazine’s list of Extraordinary Texans for 2016.
After Jordon Brown received a bachelor’s degree in film from Southeast Missouri State University in 2006, he moved to LA and worked on several major motion pictures, including Nanny Diaries and Take Me Home Tonight . Not loving Hollywood, he moved to Austin and ran social media for a BBQ restaurant. Discovering how much he loved digital, Jordon then got his master’s from Texas State University. Jordon stayed on at Texas State and is now a lecturer in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. When Jordon isn’t at school, you can probably find him at the Alamo Drafthouse or hanging out with his pet pig Mortimer.
Sara is on her last semester of graduate school studying digital media at Texas State University. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in mass communications with an emphasis in public relations and a minor in art and design in 2015 at Texas State. Sara is currently an Instructor for the Web Design and Publishing course in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. In her free time, she does freelance videography, web design, and graphic design – just a few of her passions. Sara loves to travel and has a huge heart for animals. She was recently the Artist Design and Branding intern at C3 Presents. All the opportunities she has experienced have reinforced her passion for the creativity of communication.