Professor at TX State, teaching Web design & digital media topics. 2013-2014 Knight Fellow at Stanford. I live in Austin, love live music.
If you are interested in the talk I gave for the Dean's Seminar last night, on Adventures in Media Innovation: Communication, Curriculum and Culture, here are the slides. Enjoy! canva.com/design/DADol4n…
RT @sjmctxst: Come join the SJMC today from 5-6 p.m. as we hear about adventures in media innovation presented by @CindyRoyal at the Dean’s…
In awe of Vanessa Bryant. How she got through that... And when Michael Jordan helped her off the stage. I am bawling.
We need more academic programs recognizing this massive shift in the central mission of media organizations, and we need to move aggressively toward curriculum that supports it.
At Texas State, we started an undergrad degree in Digital Media Innovation that is focused on product concepts. masscomm.txstate.edu/degrees-progra…. And we launched the PhDigital Bootcamp to prepare faculty to lead this type of curriculum. phdigitalbootcamp.com. twitter.com/richgor/status…
RT @richgor: After @SRCCON:Product, the first conference for "product thinkers," I had some thoughts. For instance: "A quarter of a centur…
Looks like some awesome opportunities for DMI majors! twitter.com/sam_heimbach/s…
Thrilled to announce the third PhDigital Bootcamp cohort! sjmcnews.wordpress.com/2020/02/17/fel…
I guess when I said that @TexasTribune could be a model for local journalism at #SRCCONProduct last weekend, I wan’t too far off. twitter.com/rgibbs/status/…
RT @WIRED: In the early days of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg kept his plans for world domination in handwritten journals. He destroyed them. B…
That Eminem performance was just what I needed. Cool to see so many getting pumped in the audience. #Oscars
I plan to update this research in the coming year, so hope to connect with many of the #SRCCONPRODUCT attendees!
And here is the subsequent research published in the ISOJ Journal in 2017. isoj.org/research/manag… #SRCCONPRODUCT
With the success of #SRCCONPRODUCT, I’m happy to see my @NiemanLab prediction come to light. I’m not always right, but think I was on to something here. 😀niemanlab.org/2015/12/produc…
RT @kimfox: ‘The single biggest reason behind the paper’s success was the decision to give more autonomy to teams working on the publicatio…
Glad I got to talk to you both @AshleyAlvarado & @Cande313 at #SRCCONPRODUCT!
I had such a blast at #SRCCONPRODUCT. These are my people. Thank you @pilhofer @erika_owens @ryanpitts and all the organizers and attendees! https://t.co/DpfJItOKOc
Very excited to be spending my Saturday with all these awesome people at #SRCCONproduct! https://t.co/1QnlrXwdc6
RT @dkiesow: #SRCCON:Product kicks off in Philly in 90 minutes. The event is a product of @Opennews in partnership with @mujschool @TUKlein…
RT @MilabTxst: Great attendance for this Innovation Club talk from Penny Lane of Visa, discussing payment fraud and cyber security. Innovat…
RT @jonzmikly: Join us tomorrow in the @MilabTxst from 12-2pm for #innovationclub where we will host Penny Lane (no, not *that* one), VP of…
I love this quote "CMS is destiny." In a preview of a SXSW panel I was on with @Digidave & @clockwerks from 2015, I said "A media organization's business is their platform. If you can't do it with your CMS, it's probably not going to happen." sxtxstate.com/2015/03/previe… twitter.com/kristenhare/st…
Always good to chat with @rgibbs. Exciting things supporting the entire industry happening at @TexasTribune!
Sometimes all you need is a Google Form. 🤣 #IowaCaucuses
Well, I have something to talk about in my app development class tomorrow 🤦‍♀️
Some of my recent pedagogical research (along with TXST alum @SASmithMedia) on preparing doctoral students to be digital educators. twitter.com/aejmcspig/stat…
Congrats on the launch of The 19th, @eramshaw and @amzam! washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/new-…
RT @eramshaw: And we’re off!
RT @sjmctxst: Huge congratulations to professor @daleblasingame whose writing on data and analytics was recently published in a BEA Electro…
RT @dkiesow: We just got a 45 minute master class from @rsm on how to run a modern media business @knightfdn https://t.co/JSfQ9OIrtx
Basically, we’re doing something about it. How is your curriculum addressing these issues?
As an academic discipline, we need to move more aggressively in this direction, understanding the profound shift it requires.
I’ve been talking about the role of product in media for a long time. At Texas State in @sjmctxst, our Digital Media Innovation curriculum prepares students for this dynamic environment. And our PhDigital Bootcamp prepares future faculty to lead this type of curriculum.
And finally - “Could better products — with more and more useful content, priced, sliced, and diced smartly — reproduce some of the scale success of streaming?”
“‘Mediatech’ may be the new ‘convergence.’” I said as much regarding convergence in 2013-2014 - niemanlab.org/2014/04/cindy-… tech.cindyroyal.net/1873/
“Increasingly, though, it’s hard for news companies to attract and retain the talent they need, especially in the business, product, and technology areas that will determine their very survival.”
Lots of insight in this piece, but here are a few areas that resonated with me. “Surprisingly, over the last year numerous publishers and CEOs have confided what troubles them most: talent.” twitter.com/jbenton/status…
Here’s another review I did of her in 1998 onthatnote.com/juliana2.htm
“I could fill my life with people who wanna be with me. Do like when they say there's other fish in the sea. There's a world out there and a million things to do. But what do I care if it doesn't include you?” Brilliant. My ‘90s angst is real.
Thank you @julianahatfield for playing Everybody Loves Me But You, a favorite song I’ve been waiting to hear live since 1994, evidence here: onthatnote.com/juliana.htm. Great show. You rock. https://t.co/fYiFwADB13
Excited to see not one, but two!!!, #txst @sjmctxst students in this photo. Congrats Carrington Tatum, reporting fellow, and Felicia Quichocho, Texas Tribune’s first engineering fellow. Thank you, @TexasTribune for giving them this amazing opportunity. twitter.com/corriemac/stat…
There's still time to apply for the PhDigital Bootcamp! Applications close this Monday, January 13 at midnight CT. Please share with PhD students/early career faculty in your programs who want to learn how to influence and innovate curriculum. Details at phdigitalbootcamp.com.
Happy Birthday, @rgibbs! 🎈🎂🍾👏👏👏
RT @pilhofer: Attention data journos! A bunch of us were very sad the Data Journalism Awards died, so we decided to do something about it—…
RT @Maid_Marianne: 🥳📢Launching The @sigmaawards for #datajournalism | 34 international experts gather to create a brand new competition inc…
#SackLunchBunch is nuts.
I saw lots of great music in 2019 @Wilco, @stevenpage, @old97s, @CharlesEsten, that amazing @lizzo set at ACL, @Evan_Dando, @hayescarll & more. I saw @halloates in Paris! Locals @nealmehtamusic, @FastballtheBand, @benkweller. Hope 2020 is Good As Hell! youtu.be/LgGWWzuqE_M
Good one @jeremygilbert and @jarroddicker. "We need to have trust between the journalists in the newsroom and their colleagues in engineering." We can't have trust if we are framing (marginalizing) tech as "other." niemanlab.org/2019/12/a-call…
There’s more to media than reporting and editing. Here’s my @NiemanLab prediction for 2020. What will your program do to address these trends in the coming year? niemanlab.org/2019/12/prepar…
RT @jbenton: A new batch of @NiemanLab predictions is up! Featuring @VWPickard @BGrueskin @morenoosorio @rschallom @candiscallison @jeremy…
Wrapping up a fun family Christmas, beach visit and 3rd annual eastern NC/ @chefandthef culinary experience. Delicious. Back to ATX now! https://t.co/NGeeTuStrc
Crisis averted. We’re at the gate.
And now he says they don’t have anyone who can move the plane that’s blocking, so somehow they are going to back up this plane.
The pilot started his speech with “well, this is embarrassing...”
Well this is a first. @AmericanAir flight landed in Wilmington, after a two hour delay in Charlotte. Now apparently they have sent us down the wrong runway and have to tow a plane out of the way before we can get to the terminal. Joyeux Noel. 😕
Just watched #DolemiteIsMyName. Eddie Murphy is fantastic, but great performances from the entire ensemble, especially @DaVineJoy. ❤️
Excited to see more programs introducing product thinking for journalism. So important for small- to mid-size newsrooms! twitter.com/pilhofer/statu…
RT @pilhofer: If you're in a small newsroom and want to learn more about product, this immersion training program from @NewsCatalyst, @new…
Thanks to @knightfdn for their support and all the #PhDigitalBootcamp participants so far. Applications are open for 2020! phdigitalbootcamp.com.
Thrilled to have this research published with @SASmithMedia in the Teaching Journalism & Mass Communication journal, based on experience with PhDigital Bootcamp. “Redefining Doctoral Education: Preparing Future Faculty to Lead Emerging Media Curriculum” aejmc.us/spig/wp-conten…
Where I’ve been headed by framing media orgs as tech companies and pushing for product to become more central to profession and curriculum.
I read with great interest many of the pieces in Media and Communication’s special issue on Agents of Change in Journalism Culture and Practice, but I found this one on Journalism at the Periphery by Edson Tandoc to be particularly provocative. cogitatiopress.com/mediaandcommun….
Whoa, that last scene with Steve Carell in the most recent @TheMorningShow episode ... “a smart woman knows what it means when the lead anchor, who makes $20 f’ing million a year, is hanging out with the assistant booker.” Brutal. That’s how power works, in a nutshell.
Thrilled to see women on the cover of the last two issues of @WIRED. #progress https://t.co/MDmy3GszH2
For example, if you interact with the points on the charts on the Effects of Music project, the background color and song info change! effectsofmusic.obijuann.com #codingcomm https://t.co/e329NtpyQ4
Students worked hard to add features, solve problems and tell an interesting story with data. You can see all projects at coding.cindyroyal.net/student-work/
I had some excellent final projects in my Coding and Data Skills class! A Focus on Gaming - focusongaming.emmaschapman.com The Effects of Music - effectsofmusic.obijuann.com Food and Beverage in Austin - foodbev.alexaecarbajal.com Crude Oil and Natural Gas in Texas - …landgasindustry.elizabethperryman.net https://t.co/eRIm4OrcPO
As the semester closes, I am happy to report on the growth of our STEM-designated, Digital Media Innovation degree at #txst in @sjmctxst. We have 343 enrolled (28% growth over last year), with 52% female. 42% of our DMI students identify as Hispanic. masscomm.txstate.edu/degrees-progra…
 
We are proud to have a STEM-designated degree program in media that is inclusive and diverse, providing context and support for those interested in careers that integrate communication and technology!
#TheMorningShow is very good, and @MarkDuplass is his perfectly understated self. Love this scene with @ReeseW. “You’re pretty funny for a broken person.” Solid cast all around!
OMG, this commercial with actual grown up Elliot and E.T. 👽 😢 😭 😢 twitter.com/xfinity/status…
"This is really us beginning this pivot toward more of what I would call a software-based business model" rather than "an advertising-based business model.” Product. usatoday.com/story/money/20…
"This is really us beginning this pivot toward more of what I would call a software-based business model" rather than "an advertising-based business model.” Product. amp.usatoday.com/amp/4203820002…
This is a huge loss for @TexasTribune, but an exciting step for these two amazing women. I can't wait for what they create! Congrats @eramshaw & @amzam! twitter.com/evanasmith/sta…
Applications are being accepted for the 2020 Ph.Digital Bootcamp, offered at Texas State University this Spring. Mass comm doctoral students and early career assistant professors are eligible. More details and application at phdigitalbootcamp.com. deadline: Jan 13.
Good thread @jayrosen_nyu. Product culture requires new skills and competencies, but does not mean ditching all editorial culture. The new model is emerging. Slowly. twitter.com/jayrosen_nyu/s…
Also no spoilers, but a contestant answered this one correctly too!
No spoilers, but a contestant did answer it correctly!
Who is Thurgood Marshall? For the @MarshallProj! #Jeopardy #JeopardyToC. Lovin’ this “New News” category. https://t.co/58WNy1oegs
What is @ProPublica! #jeopardy #JeopardyToC https://t.co/2eK87J7H69
We are thrilled for @sjmctxst Digital Media Innovation student Felicia Quichoco, who has been selected for the inaugural @TexasTribune Engineering Fellowship! It’s exciting to see these opportunities for DMI students and grads integrating media & tech! sjmcnews.wordpress.com/2019/11/13/dmi…
Yes, we do. #weloveyoualex! @Jeopardy #AlexTrebek #JeopardyToC twitter.com/dhruvg_/status…
While I appreciate all the Austin love in @jimmyfallon’s intro, someone needs to tell him Austin is a city (not the “country”), 11th largest in the US. But I did enjoy the “Keep Austin Weird” & “Hi, How Are You” characters, scooter ride down 6th & Hole in the Wall visit!
So proud of @annatauzin, one of my students when I first started at #txst. She’s now the Chief Revenue & Innovation Officer for @TXRestAssoc. Her career trajectory is certainly one of the influences behind our degree in Digital Media Innovation. sjmcnews.wordpress.com/2019/11/06/sjm…
That feeling when @jimmyfallon visits all your favorite places, including the ladies room at @HITWatx #fallonatut https://t.co/wbeigOooIL
RT @laurenfklein: Oh hey, DATA FEMINISM now has an official page on the MIT Press website! Book-in-hands date of March 31, 2020. cc @kanari…
RT @ndiakopoulos: Hands on machine learning course for journalists being offered by @jkeefe out of @utknightcenter: journalismcourses.org/MACH0919.html
RT @axios: The Census Bureau is working directly with major tech platforms like Google, Twitter and Facebook to inform people "about the me…
 
 
 
 
 
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