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Digital Faculty

Cindy Royal, Ph.D. 2005, The University of Texas
Dr. Royal leads digital media efforts in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. She teaches Web Design and Publishing, Coding and Data Skills for Communicators, Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media, Digital Media Issues and Advanced Online Media. She has supervised the project, in which students attend and cover the South By Southwest Interactive conference in Austin, since 2008. In 2013, she received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching from Texas State University and was named Charles E. Scripps Journalism and Mass Communication Teacher of the Year by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the Scripps Howard Foundation. During the 2013-2014 year, Royal was in residence at Stanford University on the Knight Journalism Fellowship where she focused on developing curriculum to teach journalists how to code. 

Jacie Yang, Ph.D. 2010, The University of Texas at Austin.
Dr. Yang joined the digital media faculty at School of Journalism and Mass Communication after receiving her Ph.D. in 2010. She teaches Web Design & Publishing, Online Media Design, Advanced Online Media Design, and Web Content Management Systems. Yang also leads graduate students in independent studies and works with students on Web development projects, such as data visualization, front-end development and construction, as well as assist with the graduate program’s project. Yang is most passionate about Web languages, such as HTML, CSS, JavaScript, PHP, Python, and Ruby. 

Jon Zmikly, M.A. 2009, Texas State University
Jon Zmikly received his bachelor’s degree in Broadcast & Cinematic Arts from Central Michigan University in 2006. After working at local television and radio stations, Jon was excited to see firsthand the transformative impact of the internet and digital technology upon traditional media. When he began graduate school at Texas State in 2007, he studied the impact of social media on the news industry, created multimedia storytelling websites and attended SXSW Interactive with a team of grad students. Since 2009, Jon has been teaching in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, teaching classes like the Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media, Web Design and Publishing, Media Design and Writing for the Mass Media. He loves experimenting with digital tools and is constantly searching for new ways to engage students in the classroom using social media. Jon is the webmaster and social media manager for several entities, including The School of Journalism and Mass Communication, San Marcos Community Church, The Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication and many others. He has given workshops and presentations on using digital tools and social media for teaching and serves by live streaming and planning social media strategy for Mass Communication Week. You can find more information on Jon at

Dale Blasingame, M.A 2011, Texas State University
Dale Blasingame is a lecturer in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University. He teaches Fundamentals of Digital Media, Web Design and Publishing and several writing courses for the School, and he will soon teach new courses focused on social media analytics and technology entrepreneurship. Blasingame also assists with the graduate program's SXTXSTATE project, where grad students cover the SXSW Interactive Conference in Austin. In addition to his duties at Texas State, Blasingame is also the social media manager for Leadhub, a marketing company in San Antonio, handling social accounts and video production for small-business clients. 

Kelly Kaufhold, Ph.D. 2011, The University of Texas
Kelly Kaufhold worked in news for 28 years in Ohio, Texas and Florida as a broadcast, magazine and new media journalist. He enjoyed a career as a reporter, videographer, photographer, editor and news manager in radio, television, magazine and online journalism. He got a chance to teach in 2001, which ignited a love for academia and led him to earn a master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Miami in 2007 and a Ph.D. in journalism in May, 2011, from the University of Texas at Austin. He now teaches multimedia journalism and mass communication, including storytelling with photos, audio, video, web design and mobile devices, in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University.