Mass Comm Week Social Stats

Mass Comm Week was a great event, and students participated by contributing to our social media presence. Students did 58 posts on this site during the month of October. The blog received more than 14,000 pageviews during the past month and almost 9000 during Mass Comm Week. There were 1145 tweets using the #mcweek hashtag, 318 tweets done to promote […]

Denise Malan Helps Students Dive Into Data

By Zac CarlsonDenise Malan gave Texas State University students and faculty an in-depth look at data journalism Friday. Malan, the director of data services at IRE, spent two hours teaching attendees how to use Microsoft Excel to find and make sense of raw data. Malan stressed the importance of data journalism in the news industry. Denise Malan closed out Mass […]

Mass Comm Week wraps with final look at data journalism

Mass Comm Week concluded Friday afternoon with Denise Malan’s fourth and final presentation on data journalism: “Diving Into Data.” Malan, director of data services for INN/IRE, discussed the basic functions of Microsoft Excel during her presentation, such as incorporating formulas, sorting, filtering and the use of pivot tables. She sought to highlight Excel’s simplicity and importance in journalism as a powerful reporting […]

Author Robert Kolker speaks to Texas State students on research, drafts, and the real publication process

By: Michael C. Seabrooke Monday, October 21, 2013 Texas State Professor Gilbert Martinez introduced the man few students had heard of, who in an hour would be discussed all week in the halls and around campus.  New York Magazine writer Robert Kolker flew down to San Marcos to spend the week talking to Mass Comm. students at Texas State about […]

Mass Comm Week Meet 'n' Greet

by Catherine O’Hara Texas State students share their favorite part of Mass Comm Week, alumni talk about their own experience after graduation and professionals provide some solid advice to students studying mass communications. Catherine O’Hara is a senior at Texas State University with a major in journalism and minor in art and design. Contact:

Data journalism, important skills for the future

Denise Malan talking to students about datajournalists. Photo Credit: Michelle Balagia IRE director talks to students aboutdata journalismBy Michelle Balagia A data director from Investigative Reporters and Editors gave students advice about the importance of data journalism Thursday as part of Mass Comm Week. Denise Malan, IRE data director, said her job involves helping news rooms learn how to dig […]