Behind The Scenes of SXTXState


Sara Shields

Website: www.sara-shields.com
Twitter: @sarashields011

Sara is starting her second 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 a Graduate Teaching Assistant for Web Design and Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media undergraduate courses. 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. In the summer of 2014, she was the social media intern for the graduate college at Texas State University. All the opportunities she has experienced have reinforced her passion for the creativity of communication. Sara was very excited to cover SXSW Eco in the fall of 2015 and is thrilled to cover SXSW Interactive in the spring.

Becca Silvas

Website: www.beccasilvas.com
Twitter: @beccasilvas

Becca is a second year graduate student studying global media at Texas State University. In 2014 she earned two undergraduate degrees from Texas State: one in International Studies and one in Spanish. Her passion for travel and international issues has taken her across the globe. In the summer of 2015 she studied abroad in France and the U.K. and held a public affairs internship at the U.S. Embassy in London. Becca is currently a digital media intern at PR By the Book in Austin, Texas. She is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching lab sections for the Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media course. Becca had the pleasure of covering SXSW Eco in the fall of 2015 and is looking forward to attending SXSW Interactive for the first time.

Andrea Alvarez

Website: www.alvarezan067.wix.com/andrea
Twitter: @andrea_al067

Andrea is in her second semester as a graduate student studying Strategic Communication at Texas State University. In 2015 she earned her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University in International Studies focusing on Communications. Whoop! During those four years she studied abroad a semester in Barcelona, Spain. Not only did that experience help her find her passion for communicating strategically at an International level but also sparked in her the travel bug. Andrea is currently a communications intern at The Texas Public Policy Foundation in Austin, Texas. She is also a Graduate Teaching Assistant in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching lab sections for the Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media Course. Andrea is extremely excited and looking forward to covering the SXSW 2016 Interactive in the following tracks: Startup Village, Work and Career and Health and MedTech.

Joshua Morrison

Website: www.joshnotjim.com
Twitter: @JoshuaNMorrison

Joshua Morrison holds an MA in rhetoric and culture from the University of Colorado-Boulder and currently studies digital media as a graduate student at Texas State University. A native Texan, he has recently ventured to Austin to pursue a career in the communication industries. He can currently be heard and read as part of KTSW 89.9, the official radio station of Texas State University, where he both writes a produces the original segment “A Curriculum of Divas” for “Other Side Drive” and contributes to the station blog. His work in this arena reflects his interest in popular culture, specifically actresses and pop-stars, and his particularly queer sensibilities.

Candice Brusuelas

Website: www.thecandiceskitchen.com
Twitter: @cbrucewillis

Candice is an inspired small-town journalist and amateur foodie, chef and nutritionist. She is a New Mexican native, loving the Central Texas area and currently continuing her education at Texas State University. Candice is in her first year as a graduate student of Mass Communication, after spending two years as Features Editor of the San Marcos Daily Record, to which she continues to contribute. She lives in Austin with her fiancée, Steven, and cat, Ava. She loves challenges, outdoor activities, trying new food joints, bargain shopping, frequenting local coffee shops and reading classics.


Cindy Royal

Website: www.cindyroyal.com
Twitter: @cindyroyal

Cindy Royal is an associate 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. She also writes for Texas Music Magazine. 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

Website: www.jonzmikly.com
Twitter: @jonzmikly

Jon Zmikly graduated from Central Michigan University in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, 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 is also a freelance Web designer and the social media manager for the School of Journalism & Mass Communication.

Dale BlasingameDale Blasingame

Website: www.daleblasingame.net
Twitter: @daleblasingame

Dale Blasingame is a 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 currently teaches MC3306 (Writing for Broadcast Media), MC4382S (Fundamentals of Digital & Online Media), and MC4315 (Web Design & Publishing). He is a member of the Online News Association and the 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.

Jordon BrownJordon Brown

Website: www.jordonmbrown.com
Twitter: THEJordonBrown

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.

Becky Larson

Website: www.beckslarson.com
Twitter: @beckslarson

Becky Larson is a second-year graduate student studying digital media at Texas State University. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland, in 2007 and holds two bachelor’s degrees: one in Japanese language and literature and one in linguistics. Her work in digital media has centered on the construction of web applications and interactives to communicate and clarify complex issues and topics. In particular, she is passionate about the use of these tools in studying the representation of women and marginalized groups in the media. Larson currently works as a graduate teaching assistant and teaches an introductory coding class in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Texas State University.