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Mass Comm Week goes techie with BigTuna Interactive

Adam Hermsdorfer of Big Tuna Interactive speaks with students and faculty after his panel. Photo credit: Elizabeth O. Sanders

By Elizabeth O. Sanders Mass Comm Week helps usher in a new age of technology-embraced communication with guest speaker Adam Hermsdorfer, founder of BigTuna Interactive, with his talk on Website Optimization. BigTuna Interactive, originally based in San Diego, has opened a location in Austin on Congress Avenue. The company is dedicated to “taking websites and… Read More

Stressing the Importance of Copy Editing

Ana Cantu engages with students after her presentation Wednesday night.

By: James C. Oakley Ana Cantu has done many things in her life.  For starters, Cantu graduated from The University of Texas in Austin. After graduation, she worked a serious of notable journalism jobs including working at the Austin American-Statesman, performing the duties of Staff Writer and Editor at Newsday, and working as part of… Read More

Grad School Panel


  by Cory Bacon   Mass Communication Week continued at Texas State University as a panel of current graduate students at the university discussed their experiences in grad school. The panel consisted of five students and Dr. Sandhya Rao, a Texas State Professor and graduate level advisor who led the students in discussion. The panel’s… Read More

Bridging Identities in the Newsroom

Macias speaks with a student more after the discussion. 
Photo by: Caitlin Rodriguez

By: Caitlin Rodriguez Media representation is one of the main ways people gain exposure to cultures and identities that are not their own, therefore heightening the importance of journalists remaining accurate storytellers in a world filled with diverse narratives. Austin-American Statesman columnist Michael Barnes, along with Texas State journalism student and University Star writer, Ernest… Read More

Google Content Manager speaks to students

Victoria Lopez is a PR junior at Texas State. Photo by: Jenna Coleman

The Content Manager for Google attended Mass Communications Week at Texas State University Wednesday and spoke to students about going into journalism and other Mass Communications fields. Ana Cantu gave students tips and advice on being successful and staying employed in the field of journalism. Cantu attributed much of her success in journalism to being… Read More

Media professionals share career advice, words of wisdom

Werner and Chan field career questions from audience members | Amanda Ross

Texas State University welcomed Annie Werner of Tumblr and Google employee Stacie Chan to discuss how to be successful in the ultra-competitive media industry as part of the school’s annual Mass Communication Week. In addition to providing an in-depth background about their own careers, both Werner and Chan provided anecdotal advice geared towards soon-to-be and… Read More

Tips for success from an award-winning reporter

Rebecca Aguilar takes a photo with a student after her discussion.

  By Adrian Hernandez A classroom full of students gathered at Texas State today, for a discussion on success with award-winning journalist Rebecca Aguilar (@rebeccaaguilar). Aguilar, a freelance writer and reporter for television and online, has won 48 awards in her 33 years in journalist, including seven Emmys. She is also the Vice President of… Read More

Opening the door to healing

Author Joyce King fields questions from students during her Texas State Mass Communication Week presentation. Photo by Justus Scarver

By Justus Scarver Students packed Derrick room 113 as former broadcaster turned author, Joyce King(@writerjoyceking), gave her presentation “Bring It On: Confronting Bias in Media and Society”; the amalgamation of her life and work experiences that allowed her to overcome obstacles on her search for justice. King, a Texas native, has worked in news media… Read More

Video and Television Aesthetic Messages


Round Rock- Video and Television can create a power-killer content by using aesthetic to help deliver the concept of the message though the look, sound and feel that establishes what is trying to be said. Brian Ligon, City of Round Rock media specialist, graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in radio,… Read More