I'm an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University teaching digital and data-driven media skills and concepts. I completed Ph.D. studies in Journalism and Mass Communication at The University of Texas at Austin in May 2005. At UT, I focused on the effects of the Internet on communication and culture. My dissertation, entitled "Gendered Spaces and Digital Discourse: Framing Women's Relationship with the Internet," dealt with the ways women's media and Web sites represent women's usage of the Internet. Prior to doctoral studies, I had a career in Marketing at Compaq Computer (now part of Hewlett Packard) in Houston and NCR Corporation in Dayton, Ohio. I have a Master of Business Administration from the University of Richmond and a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

I host a music blog at onthatnote.com and a tech blog at tech.cindyroyal.net. In 2013, I was honored to receive the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching at Texas State University and the AEJMC/Scripps Howard Journalism and Mass Communication Teacher of the Year award. During the 2013-2014 academic year, I was in residence at Stanford University in the Knight Journalism Fellowship program, where I worked on a platform to teach journalists how to code (view details). Additional detail regarding my research, education and experience can be found throughout this site.

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Teaching

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I am currently working on a course Coding and Data for Communicators to be introduced Fall 2014.

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Research

Throughout my career, I have focused on the areas of digital and data-driven media and how these topics relate to gender and pedagogy. I have been published in Social Science Computer Review, Journalism and Mass Communication Educator, ISOJ, Newspaper Research Journal, Harvard's Nieman Journalism Lab and PBS MediaShift. I also have several published book chapters and my dissertation Gendered Spaces and Digital Discourse: Framing Women's Relationship with the Internet was published in 2010.

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Professional

My professional activities include teaching, journalism, web design/development and experience in marketing, finance and sales at two major tech companies - NCR Corporation and Compaq Computer. I was the news editor and editor of the online newsletter for Texas Music Magazine and have written for Austin Business Journal. I am a co-founder of the Austin chapters of Hacks/Hackers and Online News Association.

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