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From Backpack to Briefcase: Q&A Panel

Photo by Caelan Bernal

By Caelan Bernal Texas State Alumni, who now are professionals in the field of advertising, give students advice on what it takes to get your first job, and what to expect. Maria Balandra, Nick Bastress, Michael Baum, Kala Brock, Brian Edwards, Rhea Friesen, Kelby Schmidt, Brittany Teague gave students advice and answered questions.  Each discussed… Read More

SJMC Advisory Council


Texas State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication held its bi-annual Advisory Board Meeting Thursday afternoon to discuss the future of the College, including a new major to be added to the Mass Communication program with an emphasis on technology. “Digital Innovation,” or what the proposed new major for Mass Communication students will be… Read More

Thursday Wrap Up- Mass Comm Week Comes to an End


The School of Journalism and Mass Communication successfully hosted their annual Mass Communications Week. This event is a four-day conference that allows students to interact with professionals in their prospective fields and discuss issues, trends, and media careers. Today’s final events proved just as exciting with guest speakers from CNN, USA Today and Google, alumni… Read More

Mass Comm Week: Meet and Greet


By Kristen Smith San Marcos River by Kristen Smith Mass Communications week at Texas State spans 4 days every year to focus on professionals, students and professors of the mass communications realm. This year, there were an array of seminars and sessions available for students to go to, all focusing on different aspects of mass… Read More

“CREATIVITY” in the Real Advertising World


Heidi Kucera Sara Helmy, CEO of the Advertising and Marketing firm Tribu spoke today at Texas State University’s annual Mass Comm Week. Helms is an alumni of Texas State University, and was accompanied by her co-worker John Speer, who works as the Creative Director at Tribu. Tribu is a marketing, advertising and design studio located… Read More

Crisis Coversage: Fort Hood

Crisis Coverage Panel MC week '14 (2)

A panel of four journalists, both professional and student, discussed what goes into crisis coverage today in Old Main. Debbie Hiott (alumna), editor for the Austin American-Statesman; Jackie Stone, social media correspondent for the Austin American-Statesman; Kelsey Bradshaw for the Texas State University Star Newspaper and Jordan Gass-Poore for KTSW radio all discussed and answered… Read More

Exonerated: Joyce King and Her Fight for Justice

Taken by Francisco Lugo

By Francisco Lugo Author Joyce King conducted a seminar at Texas State University on Thursday speaking on her book “Exonerated: A Brief and Dangerous Freedom,” highlighting her time spent helping unjustly imprisoned men get appeals for cases long forgotten by the state of Texas. In 2007 King became the first non-jurist to serve on the… Read More

Who we are and how we got here Q&A

Vela, Cantu and Sandoval

  As mass communication week comes to a close at Texas State University, students and staff were invited to a Q&A with CNN correspondent Polo Sandoval, Google’s Ana Cantu and director of communications at San Antonio’s Chamber of Commerce Michael Vela. At the beginning of the session Sandoval, Cantu and Vela all spoke about the… Read More

Telling the Story with Polo Sandoval


By Daniel Fickman   Aspiring journalists and news reporters sat in room 320 of Old Main waiting in anticipation. Polo Sandoval, (@PoloSandovalCNN) a Texas State alumnus and now a national correspondent for CNN was getting ready to take center stage and address his overly excited crowd. Before Polo came on I overheard part of a… Read More

Evolution of Advertising: Do You Fit In?

Vera Fischer speaks with MC student after the discussion. 
Photo by: Morgan Fangman

Texas State Alumna Vera Fischer discusses the evolving complexities of advertising and how you can get a job in the next-generation ad agency. Fischer discusses her first-hand experience with her career in advertising as well as her journey in becoming founder of 97Degrees West agency and GSD&M. “You’re in control of your destiny” says Fischer.… Read More