Welcome to the SXTXState 2014 Proposal Picker

Elite Hybrid Grad Course Offering in Spring 2014

Update: Applications for Spring 2014 Now Closed. Check sxtxstate.com in the Spring for SXSW coverage.

The SXTXState.com project has provided students in the Graduate Program in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University with access to the South By Southwest (SXSW) Interactive Festival as part of the Advanced Online Media course for the past six years. The project is now offered as its own hybrid class. Five students will be selected to enroll in the class and receive a SXSW Interactive Badge. Selected students will be required to attend SXSW Interactive on March 7-11, 2014. During the spring semester, students will communicate and meet with the instructor via online methods. And, some preliminary preparation will be required prior to the beginning of the Spring semester. A final presentation to the SJMC faculty will be made at the end of the Spring semester.

This is a wonderful opportunity to take a unique course that includes attendance at an event emphasizing many of the concepts covered in classes and to see many of the big thinkers in media. Past years have included Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, Chris Anderson of Wired, social media expert and author Gary Vaynerchuk, Marissa Mayer – formerly of Google, now Yahoo’s CEO, Craig Newmark of Craigslist, Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia, David Karp of Tumblr and many more. Students who have participated in the project have gone on to key roles in digital media companies (see the Testimonials page). Participation in the project can advance one’s knowledge, provide access to professionals and inspire a platform from which many future conversations can emerge.

We are looking to recruit an elite group to represent the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Please review the materials on this site, including the instructions for Submitting an Application. This project course is open to any graduate student in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. While New Media Concentration students will receive preference, any student in our program who submits a strong essay will be considered.

Applications will be evaluated by a team of judges from the SJMC New Media Faculty and may also include alumni of the project and SXSW employees. Participants will enroll in MC5323 Current Issues in MC – SXTXState during the Spring Semester. This is a hybrid course, with most meetings prior to SXSW occurring online, through TRACS and a Google Hangout. Students will be blogging and using social media to document the event.

Selected students will receive an Interactive Badge (valued at $795). Other perks and events may be announced later.

Questions should be directed to Dr. Cindy Royal at croyal [at] txstate.edu.


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