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Journal of the Media Innovation Lab

Welcome to the MILab Journal: Adventures in Media Innovation. This is a product of the Media Innovation Lab in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University. On this site, you will find research projects dealing with digital media innovation relating to pedagogy and the professions. Do you have a novel idea you'd like to explore, experiences that you'd like to share, a project that doesn't have a home in a more traditional venue? See below!

Articles

July 1, 2020, No. 3: Promoting Enrollment, Protecting Reputation and Playing Catch Up: Purposes Driving Digital Curriculum Revisions In Journalism Programs - This article, by Amanda Bright of the University of Georgia, deals with curriculum change and identifies the factors that motivate faculty to revise curriculum.

June 8, 2020, No. 2: Teaching and Learning During a Pandemic: The Pivot to Online - This series of articles chronicles the ways in which Digital Media faculty addressed the shift to remote instruction during Spring 2020. Articles in the series will be released over several days.

April 21, 2020, No. 1:  Lessons from PhDigital Bootcamp: Preparing Future Faculty to Lead Emerging Media Curriculum - Our first article deals with a program of the MILab, the PhDigital Bootcamp. Six fellows of the Bootcamp share reflections and provide insight into the future of doctoral education.

Relevant Research

In this section, we invite reviews of research studies and reports that shed light on media innovation and digital technologies, particularly studies relevant to the professions..

August 4, 2020: Review of Capturing Digital News Innovation Research in Organizations,1990-2018 in Journalism Studies by Kelly Kaufhold, PhD

June 22, 2020: Review of Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly's Special Issue on Advancing Journalism and Communication Research: New Concepts, Theories and Pathways by Cindy Royal, PhD.

MILab Journal Information

The rapid pace of digital media innovation influences all aspects of our lives. Communication and technology are tightly integrated. Professionals are adapting their processes to addresses these changes, and students are learning and experimenting with new technologies to better prepare for the future. Faculty are adjusting courses and curriculum to best serve these student needs, and they are exploring research agendas that reflect this new reality.

The MILab Journal will publish articles that deal with media innovation relevant to academics and the professions we serve. For example, have you done a project with drones or virtual reality and want to share the results? Have you made changes to a course to include social media analytics? Have you used data to tell a story and presented it in visual and interactive ways? Do you have another use of emerging media with which you would like to engage with academics and professionals?

Do you have a novel approach to research that needs a home? We believe there are many ways to be a productive academic. The MILab journal will promote and elevate the broadest range of these activities. We will consider any format, voice, methodology or presentation. Qualitative, quantitative methods, opinion and thought pieces, first-person accounts are welcome. Those that include photos and visuals are also appreciated. 2000-8000 words.

The MILab Journal is free and open access. Articles will be peer reviewed, and will be promoted on social media to provide the broadest distribution possible. Articles will be published as a web version, but will also include a downloadable pdf.

The journal has no set publication schedule. Articles will be published as they are received, edited and prepared. For more information about publication standards and styles, please contact Cindy Royal (croyal@txstate.edu).