Several of our Mass Comm Week 2022 sessions will be offered virtually on Zoom. All sessions with a provided link are open to all students.

Click on the name of the session to access the event. Attendees will be admitted into the session about 10 minutes prior to the session’s start time.

You may be asked to log in to Zoom in order to access the session. Click on the SSO option, and use your Texas State information to log in.

Having trouble? Make sure to check the Zoom support page created by the Texas State University IT Assistance Center.

Want to learn more about our speakers? Check out the Speaker page for more information.



Monday PDF Schedule

9:30 a.m.

What’s NEXT with Jim Bob Breazeale?

OM 234

Speaker:

Jim Bob Breazeale – Senior Director of Local Media Content | KRIS TV | KZTV | CW South Texas| Telemundo Corpus Christi | KDFTV Corpus Christi

Moderator: Dr. Ali Forbes 


9:30 a.m.

Young Public Relations Alumni Panel

OM 232

Speaker:

Katie Stone – SEO Specialist | LeadHub

Alana Zamora – Membership Coordinator | Witte Museum

San’Tres Broussard – Public Relations Specialist | Expedia

Alex Garcia – Public Relations Specialist | Rio Grande Valley

Charlcee Cervantez -Coordinator |  Alumni Relations | Texas State University

Moderator: Prisca Ngondo


10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Green Room

Open from 10 am – 4 pm for students and panelists to meet each other and network. Snacks and drinks provided

The Green Room will be held in the first-floor conference room.


11:00 a.m.

NEXT with Danny Olivas

OM 201

Speaker:

Danny Olivas – Mission Specialist | Astronaut | NASA 

Moderator: Eraldo Chiecchi


12:30 p.m.

Career Advice and Q&A with a PR Professional

OM 320

Speaker:

Kerri QunellVice President of Communications |  National Domestic Violence Hotline

Moderator: Jennifer Scharlach


12:30 p.m.

Great Advertising Depends on DE&I

OM 201

Speaker:

Cimin Ahmadi-Cohen – Founder & CEO | Idea Peddler

Justin Grady – Senior Copywriter | Preacher

Zach Stubblefield – Strategist |  Preacher

Serge Flores – Chief Creative Officer |  Third Ear

Carlton Wilcoxson – Integrated Producer | Ogilvy DC

Moderator: Michael Devlin


2:00 p.m.

Airforce Photo Journalism

Moderator: Paul Villagran


3:30 p.m.

Early Career Advice in Mass Communication

Alkek 250*

Speaker:

Hannah Rucker – Anchor/Reporter | KVUE-TV | SJMC grad

Jonathan Campbell – Software Engineer | Dell | SJMC grad

Laura Figi – City Editor |  ATX Today | SJMC grad

Lynsey Lamoureux – Account Coordinator | Powell Communications | SJMC grad
 
Moderator: Dale Blasingame
*FDOM students get first priority with seats.

4:00 p.m.

Dow Jones News Fund Information Session

An information session about Dow Jones News Fund programs, including the application and selection process. 

Students or faculty can sign up here to RSVP or request recordings. College faculty can use the same form to request a virtual visit from a DJNF representative or email heather.taylor@dowjones.com.


5:00 p.m.

What’s NEXT with Jim Bob Breazeale?

OM 320

Speaker:

Jim Bob Breazeale – Senior Director of Local Media Content | KRIS TV | KZTV | CW South Texas| Telemundo Corpus Christi | KDFTV Corpus Christi

Moderator: Dr. Tim England


5:00 p.m.

The Art of Interviewing

OM 232

Speaker:

Carrington Tatum – Business Analyst | Dallas Morning News 

Moderator: Kym Fox


Tuesday PDF Schedule 

8:00 a.m.

NEXT in Jobs in the Public Media 

OM 201

Speaker:

Juan Garcia – Host | KUT 90.5 | Texas State grad | KTSW alum

Moderator: Jill Ament


8:00 a.m.

Media Planning: A Media Maven Perspective

OM 232

Speaker:

Danielle Boniche – Associate Media Director | Idea Peddler

Moderator: Dr. Clay Craig


9:30 a.m.

Creating Content Around the Globe*

Speaker:

Jennifer Broome – Freelance Multimedia Travel and Environmental Journalist

Moderator: Dale Blasingame

*Please email Dale Blasingame at blasingame@txstate.edu to RSVP to the panel. You must RSVP to be able to attend the panel

9:30 a.m.

How Big Brands Use Cultural Intelligence and Measurement to Inform Advertising and Stay Relevant*

Speaker:

Deborah Welch – Group Data Strategy Director at Translation | UnitedMasters

Moderator: Dr. Kristen Sussman

*This is a closed zoom session

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Green Room

Open from 10 am – 4 pm for students and panelists to meet each other and network. Snacks and drinks provided

The Green Room will be held in the first-floor conference room.


11:00 a.m.

NEXT in Ratings and Viewership

Speaker:

Rob Cartwright – News Director | CBS Austin/Telemundo Austin 

Moderator: Dr. Tim England


12:30 p.m.

Let’s Taco ‘Bout Social Media*

Speaker:

Isaac Garza – Content Brand Manager | Torchy’s Tacos | SJMC grad

Moderator: Dale Blasingame

*Please email Dale Blasingame at blasingame@txstate.edu to RSVP to the panel. You must RSVP to be able to attend the panel

2:00 p.m.

Networking and Interpersonal Communication

Speaker:

Dr. Andrea Bergstrom – Associate Professor | Coastal Carolina University

Moderator: Jenny Buschhorn


2:00 p.m.

Education Abroad to Japan

Speaker:

Gilbert Martinez – Senior Lecturer | School of Journalism and Mass Communication

Jon Zmikly Senior Lecturer | School of Journalism and Mass Communication


2:00 p.m.

NEXT with Reynaldo Leaños Jr. 

OM 201

Speaker:

Reynaldo Leaños Jr. – Producer | Latino USA

Moderator: Terry Bertling


3:30 p.m.

What’s NEXT with Andy Alford?

OM201

Speaker:

Andy Alford – Director of Editorial Recruitment | Training and Career Development

Moderator: Kym Fox


3:30 p.m.

How to Create a Brand for All of Austin – Austin FC

CENT 157

Speaker:

Marty Butler – Founder & Chief Creative Officer | Butler 

Moderator: Gene Brenek


5:00 p.m.

NEXT with Sean Talbot

OM 320

Speaker:

Sean Talbot – Executive Producer | KSAT TV San Antonio

Moderator: Dr. Tim England


5:00 p.m.

NEXT with Juan Garcia Jimenez*

Speaker:

Juan Garcia Jimenez – Web Developer | Gannett |USA Today Networks | DMI Graduate

Moderator: Cindy Royal

*This is a closed zoom session.

5:30 p.m.

All Advertising Majors Meeting

Derrick Hall 113

Ad majors are encouraged to attend our first annual meeting.

During this session you will get the opportunity to connect with ad faculty, learn about program changes, understand class registration, hear about Alumni successes, converse with fellow ad majors, and potentially win a prize. 


6:30 p.m.

So You Want to Make it in the Big City? 

Speaker:

Liana Jo – Senior Account Executive| Porter Novelli | Dallas

Claudia Marvin – Account Coordinator | Ketchum | New York City

Derrick Sanders – Account Executive | FINN Partners | New York City

Moderator: Debra Price


Wednesday PDF Schedule

9:00 a.m.

What’s NEXT with Kristen Marcum?

Speaker:

Kristen Marcum – CEO | Elizabeth Christian Public Relations 
 
Moderator: Paul Villagran
 

9:00 a.m.

Journey from a Student to CEO

CENT 157

Speaker:

Kristin Marcum – CEO | Elizabeth Christian Public Relations

Moderator: Jennifer Scharlach


9:30 a.m.

Getting Freelance & Part-Time Journalism Jobs as a Student

OM 232

Speakers:
 
Damien Bartonek -Student | Texas State University

Abby Gage – Student | Texas State University

Amira Van Leeuwen – Student | Texas State University
 
Moderator: Dr. Amber Hinsley

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Green Room

Open from 10 am – 4 pm for students and panelists to meet each other and network. Snacks and drinks provided

The Green Room will be held in the first-floor conference room.


11:00 a.m.

D.D. Hachar Presentation*

Speaker:

Reynaldo Leaños Jr. – Producer | Latino USA

This special session is hosted by the SJMC for the Vidal M. Treviño high school in Laredo, Texas. The program encourages high school students to pursue a career in mass communication by connecting Hispanic media professionals with students.

*This is a closed session

11:00 a.m.

Learn how to get experience with ESPN as a TXST student

OM 232

Speakers:
 
Dr. Ali Forbes – Assistant Professor | Texas State University
Cole Paveglio  – Student | Texas State University
Daniel Escobar – Student | Texas State University
 
Moderator: Dr. Amber Hinsley

12:30 p.m.

From Here to There and in Between in the Digital Marketing Space  – TXST NEXT

Speaker:

Elissa Fontenot – Assistant Director | Digital | Texas State University

Moderator: Jennifer Scharlach


2:00 p.m.

Airforce Photo Journalism

Moderator:  Paul Villagran


2:00 p.m.

Putting Your Best Foot Forward to Breaking into the Public Relations Industry

Speaker:

Tiffany Rosier – Recruiter | Hotwire Global Communications

Moderator: Jennifer Scharlach

3:30 p.m.

Digital Content and Social Strategy

Alkek Teaching Theater – ALK 250

Speakers: 

Andrew Osegi, Social Media Strategist, IBM
Ash Romo, Content & Engagement Specialist, OJO Labs

Moderator: Jon Zmikly


Thursday PDF Schedule 

8:00 a.m.

Finding the Right Internships + Is Grad School Right for Me?

OM 201

Speaker:

Cristela Jones – KUT’s Texas Standard | Graduate Student | The University of Texas at Austin | Texas State Graduate | University Star alum | KTSW 89.9 alum 

Gabriella Ybarra – Graduate Student | The University of Texas at Austin | Teaching Assistant | The School of Journalism and Media | San Antonio Express-News | The Texas Standard | Texas’ statewide NPR program | Texas State Graduate | University Star alum 

Krystal Kunz – Graduate Student |  Graduate Instructional Assistant | Texas State University

Moderator: Jill Ament


8:00 a.m.

What’s NEXT with Dr. Damphousse?

CENT 157

Speaker:

Dr. Kelly Damphousse – President | Texas State University

Moderator: Dr. Laurie Fluker


9:30 p.m.

Nonprofits and Social Media*

Speaker:

Tracey Stabile – Director | Central Texas Pig Rescue

Moderator: Dale Blasingame

*Please email Dale Blasingame at blasingame@txstate.edu to RSVP to the panel. You must RSVP to be able to attend the panel

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Green Room

Open from 10 am – 4 pm for students and panelists to meet each other and network. Snacks and drinks provided

The Green Room will be held in the first-floor conference room.


12:30 p.m.

Kicking Off a Career in Sports and Social*

Speaker:

Kate Connors – Social Media Manager | Houston Texans | SJMC grad

Moderator: Dale Blasingame

*Please email Dale Blasingame at blasingame@txstate.edu to RSVP to the panel. You must RSVP to be able to attend the panel

12:30 p.m.

A Convo About Copy – Austin FC

Speaker:

Justin Grady – Senior Copywriter | Preacher

Moderator: Gene Brenek


4:00 p.m.

Dow Jones News Fund Test Prep Session.

A test prep session for Dow Jones News Fund

Students or faculty can sign up here to RSVP or request recordings. College faculty can use the same form to request a virtual visit from a DJNF representative or email heather.taylor@dowjones.com.


5:30 p.m.

From TXST to NPR: Conversations with Morning Edition Executive Producer Erika Aguilar Welcome Reception

This special session is sponsored by the Department of History and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The reception will be held at the Taylor-Murphy Hall Patio. Food will be served.


7:00 p.m.

From TXST to NPR: Conversations with Morning Edition Executive Producer Erika Aguilar Q&A

This special session is sponsored by the Department of History and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The Q&A will be held at the Alkek Library Teaching Theater. 



Friday PDF Schedule

10:00 a.m.

From TXST to NPR: Conversations with Morning Edition Executive Producer Erika Aguilar Student Breakfast

This special session is sponsored by the Department of History and the School of Journalism and Mass Communication.

The breakfast will be held at the Honors College Coffee Forum


10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Green Room

Open from 10 am – 4 pm for students and panelists to meet each other and network. Snacks and drinks provided

The Green Room will be held in the first-floor conference room.


10:00 a.m.

The Wide World of Podcasting
 
OM320

Speaker:

Shawn Nunn – President | YEA Networks 

Hady Mawajdeh – Podcast producer | Vox.com | Today Explained 

Jordan Gass-Poore – Podcast producer | New Jersey Spotlight

Moderator: Jill Ament 


11:15 a.m.

Landing the Internship and Eventually, the Job
 
OM320

Speaker:

Rob Cartwright – News Director | CBS-Austin 

Luke Simons – Special Projects Manager | KENS5 

Juan Garcia – Host | KUT 90.5 | Texas State grad | KTSW alum

Jaime Paxton – SVP of Development / Executive Producer at Red Arrow Industries

Moderator: Dan Schumacher 


12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

OM106b

Sports Side Bar

Live broadcast of The Matt McClearin Show

Moderator: Dan Schumacher & Jill Ament 


12:30 p.m.

Music to Our Ears: Exploring Careers in the Music Industry
 
OM320

Speaker:

Conner Yarbrough – Marketing Assistant | Polyvinyl Records 

Krash Kelly – Program Director| Morning Host |103. BOB-FM

Moderator: Dan Schumacher 


1:45 p.m.

The Evolution of Radio and Television Journalism
 
OM320

Speaker:

Erika Aguilar – Executive Producer | Up First and Morning Edition at NPR

Reynaldo Leaños Jr. – Producer | Latino USA

Derick Garcia – Reporter/Anchor | KVEO – Rio Grande Valley

Erica Hernandez – Courts Reporter | KSAT in San Antonio 

David Goins – Reporter NBCDFW

Moderator: Jill Ament


2:00 p.m.

Scoring an Internship and Career in Sports Media
 
OM106b

Speaker:

Matt McClearin – Host | The Matt McClearin Show | WJOX 94.5

Chuck Miketinac – Sports Director |  KABB-San Antonio

Brant FreemanESPN+ | play-by-play broadcast | Texas State University

Moderator: Dan Schumacher 


3:00 p.m.

Careers in Multi-Media
 
OM320

Speaker:

Jonathan Valdez – Owner OJ&B PR and Consulting | Assistant Director of Theatre and Speech Bay City Independent School District. 

Sarah Vasquez – Freelance Photographer and Journalist 

Janelle Abad – Art Director | Polyvinyl Records 

Moderator: Dan Schumacher & Jill Ament 


5:00 p.m.

KTSW 89.9/KAT Radio Friday Night Social Gathering

KTSW and KAT Radio alumni coming together at Ivars Pub to catch up and celebrate the 30th anniversary of KTSW 89.9 and 40 years since the beginning of KAT Radio. Appetizers provided by the TXST School of Journalism and Mass Communication

This event will be held at Ivar’s River Pub (701 Cheatham Street)



11:00 a.m.

KTSW 89.9/KAT Radio Alumni Reunion & Hall of Fame Inductions
 

Speakers:

Dr. John Fleming – Dean | College of Fine Arts and Communication 

Dr. Judy Oskam Director School of Journalism and Mass Communication 

Moderators: Dan Schumacher & Jill Ament 

KTSW and KAT Radio alumni coming together to celebrate the 30th anniversary of KTSW 89.9 and 40 years since the beginning of KAT Radio. Please register for the luncheon and KTSW/KAT Radio Hall of Fame program here. 
 
This event will be held at the LBJ Student Center 3-13.1 & 3-14.1 and Teaching Theater


Coming Up NEXT | On-Demand Speaker Sessions

This year, we’ve pre-recorded interviews and panels with a handful of media professionals. The recordings will be made available.