Aisling Clare Niestroy is a San Antonio, Texas, native who has a passion for digital media, journalism, and photography. Aisling graduated from Texas State University in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and another in theater. Now in her second year of graduate school at Texas State, Aisling studies in the digital media program while serving as a graduate teaching assistant and instructor of record for the School of Journalism & Mass Communication. Aisling’s dedication to Texas State’s SJMC is evident through her department leadership as president of the Mass Communication Graduate Student Association. Aisling also works as editor and contributing writer for DailyInfographic.com.
Becky Larson is a first-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. She has used this earlier language study as a lens through which to view computer and coding languages. Her work, whether in language and cultural studies or digital media, has focused on the representation of women and marginalized groups both in their own words and through the communication of others. She currently works as a graduate instructional assistant in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Texas State University.
Carl Clark is a space geek. Growing up in Houston, Texas, meant that NASA was next door. Being at Texas State University and studying mass communication has given him the opportunity to advocate for space exploration through academic writing and internships. Since returning to school, he has worked at two NASA centers: Johnson Space Center in Houston and Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. Aside from NASA and space, Carl is fascinated by all things fantasy and science fiction. Art is a large part of his life—always drawing and painting the world he imagines.
Kimberly Cook is a graduate student studying mass communication with a concentration in digital media at Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas. She also serves as a graduate teaching assistant for the School of Journalism & Mass Communication’s undergraduate Fundamentals of Digital & Online Media class and the teacher of record for one of the school’s undergraduate Web Design & Publishing classes. Prior to beginning her graduate studies, Kimberly worked as an account executive for a public relations firm in Chicago, Illinois, and then as a marketing specialist for a medical device manufacturer in Coralville, Iowa. Kimberly received her bachelor’s degree in public relations with a minor in English from Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas. She also does freelance editing and proofreading for fun.
Tyler Hammond is in his third semester as a graduate student in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Texas State University. Prior to admittance into the mass communication graduate program, Tyler completed his bachelor’s degree in marketing with an emphasis in sales from the McCoy College of Business Administration at Texas State in 2009. Throughout his undergraduate studies, Tyler gained a variety of sales and marketing experience interning for the Tom James Company, Texas State Athletics, and the 2012 Meineke Car Care Bowl of Texas. He currently works as a graduate assistant for the Environmental Health, Safety & Risk Management Department at Texas State, developing a marketing campaign for the state-issued MS4 stormwater permit to be used throughout the university and the city of San Marcos.
After graduating from Southeast Missouri State with a degree in film, Jordon Brown moved to Los Angeles and worked on movies that you probably haven’t seen, like Nanny Diaries and Take Me Home Tonight. Finding the work lackluster, Jordon moved to Austin and fell in love. Not just with the city and its culture, but also a pet pig named Mortimer. Currently, Jordon works as a graduate teaching assistant at Texas State where he is also getting a Masters in Digital Media. He was a member of the SXTXState program last year, and is excited to return with the group to SXSWi in an editorial role this year.
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.
Jacie Yang is an assistant professor teaching digital media in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Texas State University. She received her Ph.D. from the School of Journalism at the University of Texas at Austin in 2010. Jacie’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, Jacie’s expertise includes Web publishing, photo editing and photo slideshows, video editing, and multimedia reporting. She currently teaches Web Design & Publishing and Web Content Management Systems.
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 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.