Welcome to SXTXState 2017

Elite Hybrid Grad Course – Spring 2017
Deadline to apply, Sept. 25, 2016

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 eight 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 in March 10-14 (there may be other times you also can attend, as SXSW is changing their badge policies). During the spring semester, students will communicate and meet with the instructor via online and in-person methods. And, some preliminary preparation will be required prior to the beginning of the Spring semester. A final presentation 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, Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, 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 Digital Media Concentration students will receive preference, any student in our program who submits a strong essay/application will be considered.

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

Selected students will receive an Interactive Badge (valued at $825). Other events and perks may be announced later. Students will be required to cover other expenses associated with the event, like food and merchandise purchases and parking.

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