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Media Innovation Lab hosts first-of-its-kind PhDigital Bootcamp

By Jack McClellan
Office of Media Relations
March 6, 2018

SAN MARCOS – Texas State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication will host the PhDigital Bootcamp, an event designed to prepare mass communication graduate students and early career professors to lead curriculum innovation, May 14-20.

The event will take place in the university's Media Innovation Lab as well as online. Participants include 20 doctoral candidates and early career faculty from around the country:

Hyejin Bang, assistant professor, University of Kansas; Amanda Bright, doctoral student, Indiana State University; Sreyoshi Dey, doctoral student, Syracuse University; Megan Duncan, doctoral student, University of Wisconsin; Alyssa Fisher, doctoral student, Bowling Green State University; Gina Gayle, doctoral student, Syracuse University; Marina Hendricks, instructor, South Dakota State University; Cheng Hong, doctoral student, University of Miami; Paula Hunt, assistant professor, Utah State University; Taisik Hwang, doctoral student, University of Georgia; Kate Keib, assistant professor, Oglethorpe University; Christoph Mergerson, doctoral student, Rutgers University; Meredith Metzler, doctoral student, University of Wisconsin; Maria Molina, doctoral student, Penn State University; April Newton, doctoral student, University of Maryland; Theodora Ruhs, assistant professor, Central Connecticut University; Chun Shao, doctoral student, Arizona State University; Andrew Shumway, doctoral student, Temple University; Qun Wang, doctoral student, Rutgers University; and Anna Young, doctoral student, University of Connecticut.

Through the support of the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, participants will receive training, transportation, lodging, materials and meals during the workshop.

A first-of-its-kind workshop, the PhDigital Bootcamp prepares students and faculty to become digital scholar-educators. The bootcamp, led by Texas State faculty and members of the local media, will address digital platforms and product management, web and mobile development, data journalism and more.

About Texas State University

Founded in 1899, Texas State University is among the largest universities in Texas with an enrollment of 38,694 students on campuses in San Marcos and Round Rock. Texas State’s 184,000-plus alumni are a powerful force in serving the economic workforce needs of Texas and throughout the world. Designated an Emerging Research University by the State of Texas, Texas State is classified under “Doctoral Universities: Higher Research Activity,” the second-highest designation for research institutions under the Carnegie classification system.

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