MC 4328 Digital Media Innovation Capstone
MC 1100D Digital Media Entrepreneurship Short Course

Instructor: Cindy Royal, Ph.D.
Professor and Director, Media Innovation Lab

Cindy Royal is a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication, leading the Digital Media Innovation sequence. She is the founding director of the Media Innovation Lab (MILab). Cindy completed Ph.D. studies in Journalism and Mass Communication from The University of Texas at Austin in May 2005. At UT, she focused on the effects of the Internet on communication and culture. Her dissertation was on how gendered spaces frame women’s relationship with the Internet. Prior to doctoral studies, Dr. Royal had a long career in the technology industry at Compaq Computer in Houston and NCR Corporation in Dayton, OH. She has 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. Additional detail regarding her education and experience can be found on her online resume.

She hosts her own concert review website, On That Note, and enjoys working on other Web design projects. For fun, she likes to go out to hear live music, and she enjoys kayaking and hiking around Lady Bird Lake in Austin. She is an active member in the Austin tech community, regularly attending Refresh Austin and Austin on Rails. She is a co-organizer of the Austin chapter of Hacks/Hackers.

In 2013, Royal received Texas State’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching. She was also named the Scripps Howard/AEJMC Journalism and Mass Communication Teacher of the Year. During the 2013-2014 academic year, she was in residence at Stanford University as a John S. Knight Journalism Fellow. In 2018, Royal was named one of the Top 20 Innovators in Journalism Education by MediaShift.


MC5306A Digital Entrepreneurship

Instructor: Kelly Kaufhold, Ph.D.Kelly Kaufhold
Assistant Professor

Kelly Kaufhold worked in news for 28 years in Ohio, Texas and Florida as a broadcast, magazine and new media journalist. He enjoyed a wonderful career as a reporter, videographer, photographer, editor and news manager in radio, television, magazine and online journalism. He got a chance to teach in 2001, which ignited a love for academia and led him to earn a master’s degree in communication studies from the University of Miami in 2007 and a Ph.D. in journalism in May, 2011, from the University of Texas at Austin. He now teaches multimedia journalism and mass communication, including storytelling with photos, audio, video, web design and mobile devices, in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University.

Kelly has a keen interest in the role of age and news habits in informed democracy, and is especially interested in where social media fits in that relationship. He is co-editor of the book The Future of News: An Agenda of Perspectives and his research has been published in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Newspaper Research Journal, Electronic News, International Journal on Media Management and elsewhere. He has also been honored with multiple research awards from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and is the proud husband of Nuri Vallbona, also a journalism professor, and two grown kids.