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How to Avoid a Useless Degree

By Lea Mercado Web Content Assistant Manager   Every student has experienced that heart-dropping doubt that the degree they've invested their time and money into won't lead to the salary a college degree is expected to produce.    Perhaps the doubt was caused by the confused looks on your parents' faces when you announced your major, or simply the inability to explain your dream job to someone without feeling like […]

todayFebruary 21, 2022 90 1


Distinguished Alumni: Gloria Campos

By Rachael GerronWeb Content Contributor I had the privilege of speaking with retired news anchor and Texas State alumna, Gloria Campos Brown. Campos graduated from Southwest Texas State University in 1976 with a B.A. in Mass Communication. She is one of this year’s five recipients of the Distinguished Alumni Award from Texas State University’s Alumni Association. I grew up watching Campos as a news anchor on WFAA-TV in Dallas, and […]

todayOctober 28, 2020 513

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How To Be a Journalist in Times Like These

By Piper BlakeWeb Content Manager With the Black Lives Matter movement and the impending election, emotions are running high and the mass media is using this to their advantage. People can be led like sheep when they are emotionally vulnerable, and the media is the shepherd herding them up. Getting on social media now is like deep-diving into an opinion forum that you never asked to be apart of that […]

todayJune 12, 2020 19

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The Non-STEM Rebellion

By Tiger ShiWeb Content Contributor “I find your lack of faith disturbing.” This was what Darth Vader said disapprovingly in Star Wars towards an admiral who expressed arrogance and disrespect. This is also how I felt when my relatives in China and my family friends within the Chinese-American community viewed my major in mass communication and journalism as “unsatisfactory” to their standards. It is simply because it is not STEM […]

todayMay 8, 2020 117

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SJMC Offers First-Time Study Abroad Opportunity to Asia

By Lauren Jurgemeyer Assistant Web Content Manager SAN MARCOS, Texas-- For the first time, the School of Journalism and Mass Communication (SJMC) is offering a summer study abroad trip to Asia. The program--that spends time in two major cities of Japan--has a rapidly approaching deadline. Senior lecturer and program director, Gilbert Martinez, spearheaded the project. Following his mother’s passing, he traveled to Japan with another study abroad program in 2016 […]

todayFebruary 28, 2019 52

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Brendan Keefe on Investigative Journalism

By Lauren Jurgemeyer Blog Content Contributor On Nov. 10, a few members of the KTSW Web content staff attended the Southwest Broadcast Newsroom Workshop in Houston, Texas, to hear from industry professionals. Brendan Keefe, one of the panelists, is the Chief Investigative journalist for Atlanta’s WXIA-TV. Keefe hosted a variety of panels during the workshop, including Multi-Cam Interviews on a Budget, Creative Stand-Ups and How to Make Them on Deadlines, […]

todayNovember 29, 2018 64


JMBLYA: Year Seven

By Giovanni Gilmore Photojournalist On May 5, 2018, the seventh annual music festival JMBLYA took place in Austin, Texas. The festival included a variety of rappers, some who are upcoming and some who are already established rappers from the hip-hop genre. This year, the set list included rappers like Jack Harlow, Ski Mask the Slump God, J. Cole, T.I. and many more. The most disappointing thing about the festival […]

todayMay 21, 2018 451


Job Shadowing: A Great Way to Prepare for a Career

By Janessa Rutiaga Blog Content Contributor We’ve all had those sessions with our advisors where it seems that all they tell us to do is job shadow. It always seems unnecessary because, hey, we know exactly what we think that want to do, even if we have no clue. It seems like this is one of the biggest pieces of advice students receive, but constantly ignore. Students: don't ignore this […]

todayFebruary 2, 2017 16


Humans of San Marcos: Bri Watkins

By Sarah Bey Blog Content Contributor Bri Watkins is a 21-year-old journalism student from Wichita Falls. Bey: Why journalism? Watkins: I chose journalism after I read a book called “Captivating” by Stasi Eldredge. Before that I was an education major. I knew I always loved to write and teach, those were always kind of my passions. When I took my college writing class here at Texas State, I fell even […]

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