2018 Team

Steffanie Agnew

Website: http://steffanieagnew.com/
Twitter: @steffanieagnew

Steffanie Agnew is a Mass Communication graduate student studying digital media at Texas State University. She also holds a B.S. in Journalism and Mass Communication and B.A. in English with a creative writing emphasis from Texas State. She currently works at Texas State as staff in the Learning Applications Solutions department where she is the communications and website lead for the department. She is also on the mobile/web team that oversees the university's content management system, Gato, mobile app, and assists with various other mobile/web and academic campus services such as the learning management system, TRACS (Sakai). She also works part-time as a journalist for a newspaper, the Seguin Gazette. In her free time, Steffanie enjoys playing video games and hanging out with her corgi and cat.

Nicole Avalos

Twitter: @nicoleann2013

Nicole Avalos is a first-year graduate student at Texas State University in Mass Communication with a specialization in Digital Media. While working on her master’s degree, Nicole works as an email-marketing intern for the San Antonio Spurs. Prior to coming to Texas State, Nicole received her Bachelors of Business Administration from The University of Texas at San Antonio in Marketing and Entrepreneurship. Aside from her love of marketing, Nicole is a dog mom to two amazing dogs, Gizmo and Teddy! When she is not at school or work, Nicole loves to travel and try new things.

Megan Boyle

Twitter: @boylethemegan

Megan Boyle is a first-year graduate student at Texas State University getting her Masters in Mass Communication with a focus in Digital Media. Megan began her career as a professional actress after graduating from The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in Los Angeles. After working for nearly ten years in the entertainment world, Megan transitioned into being behind the scenes as a video producer and creator for online content. She graduated from The New School in New York City with her bachelors in Liberal Arts - Film and Media Studies. She now works in Webcast Production Assurance for a global network communications company. Megan currently lives in Austin with her husband and miniature dachshund, Taffy. She juggles her free time between karaoke, running, improv, and eating all the chips and salsa.

Emily Burns

Website: Emily Burns' Website
Twitter: @emilyburnz

Emily Burns is a graduate student at Texas State University getting her Masters in Mass Communication. She also earned her undergraduate degree at Texas State University in Electronic Media and Spanish. After graduation, she began her career as a content developer/editor with Chive Media Group where she now works in digital marketing. In her free time, Emily enjoys being active outdoors with her dog Sadie, traveling, writing, and seeing live music. She also loves eating Mexican food and probably drinks more coffee than a Gilmore Girl. 

Annabel Fidler

Twitter: @AnnabelFidler

Annabel Fidler is a second-year graduate student at Texas State University studying Mass Communication with a concentration in Digital Media. She graduated from the University of the Ozarks in 2015 with her BA in Strategic Communications and minor in Broadcast Journalism. She currently works as a graduate instructional assistant in the School of Journalism and Mass Communications. She teaches four labs for the undergraduate Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media course and assists with Texas State Athletics conducting interviews and videos. In her free time, Annabel enjoys anything and everything that is coffee. She also enjoys the Texas Hill Country, weekends spent on the lake, videography and dieting on chips and queso.

Paloma Gray

Twitter: @palo292

Paloma Gray is a first-year graduate student in the Mass Communication program at Texas State University. She received her bachelors degree in Electronic Media with a minor in Media Studies and a concentration in Multimedia Production in 2015. After interning at the Austin Film Society and Fueld Films, she worked in client services at the post production company TBD Post. She currently coordinates recruiting events, as well as other student activities as a graduate assistant at The Graduate College. Paloma lives in Austin, Texas, and in her spare time, she enjoys binge-watching television series, eating chilaquiles, and cuddling with her pug Penelope. 

Nicole Jones

Twitter: @Jonesnotebook

Nicole Jones spends a lot of time wondering about future intersections of technology and psychology, which is why she began pursuing her graduate degree in Journalism and Digital Media at Texas State University last fall. She’s worked in software and marketing in NYC, taught English in Vietnam, and studied Psychology at Rhodes College in Memphis. Fighting Muay Thai is a part-time passion, as well as enjoying the delicious tacos her new home of Austin, Texas has to offer. She teaches the undergraduate lab of Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media at Texas State University, and anxiously awaits the feminine future of technology.

Logan Self

Website: me.forrestlself.com
Twitter: @ForrestLSelf

Logan Self is a first-year graduate student at Texas State University working on his MA in Mass Communication, concentrating in digital media. Prior to Texas State, Logan graduated from Sam Houston State University with a BA in Mass Communication, concentrating in multiplatform journalism. Aside from his studies, Logan is also a graduate assistant for the undergraduate course Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media, teaching the course’s required labs. When Logan is not studying or working, he likes to watch the Houston Astros and consume unhealthy amounts of coffee.

Sean Smith

Website: sasmithtxst.com
Twitter: @SASmithMedia

Sean Smith is a first-year graduate student studying digital media at Texas State University. He is a Houston native who graduated with a BA in multiplatform journalism from Sam Houston State University in May 2017. He is also an instructional assistant who teaches Web Design and Publishing and manages the social media for the Media Innovation Lab at Texas State. When not in class or teaching, Sean can be found devouring copious amounts of barbecue in the Austin area or struggling to play golf.

Alexandra White

Website: www.alexandrawhitephoto.com
Twitter: @akw_tx

Alexandra White is a first-year graduate student at Texas State University, working towards her Masters in Mass Communication with a digital media concentration. Originally from Houston, she moved to Austin while getting her BFA in Photography from Texas State in 2015. While attending Texas State, she also is a graduate assistant, teaching lab portions that correspond with the Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media undergraduate course. On the weekends, she is a wedding photographer in the Austin area. She loves bike rides, horchata with a shot of espresso, petting as many dogs as possible, and exploring her hometown.


Faculty:

Cindy Royal

Website: www.cindyroyal.com
Twitter: @cindyroyal

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 in 2008 and has grown into a course of its own. Students apply to attend and cover the event. 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 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

Website: www.daleblasingame.net
Twitter: @daleblasingame

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.

Jordon 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.

Sara Shields

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

Sara Shields is currently a full time marketing manager in New Braunfels and a part time lecturer at Texas State University. Since 2015, Sara has been teaching Web Design and Publishing in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. After pursuing her Bachelors Degree in Public Relations from Texas State University, she continued her education journey into graduate school. Focusing on digital media, specifically web design and videography, Sara received her Masters Degree in the spring of 2017. Aside from marketing and teaching, Sara also runs a creative production business where she's worked with several clients building websites, producing videos, or designing graphics and logos. In 2017, Sara was a speaker at SXSW Interactive with Paul Trani (Adobe), where they spoke about technology and graphic design.