Introducing media innovation into university teaching

Through their work with Web development, virtual reality/360 video, drone journalism and multimedia storytelling, Texas State University is looking to influence digital media disciplines and research the constant evolution of the media industry.

by WAN-IFRA Staff | July 27, 2017

Texas State University’s MILab focuses primarily on academic research and influencing undergraduate and postgraduate digital media teaching. Director of the Media Innovation Lab Cindy Royal believes academic research and evolution of university media courses to be the foundation to a better understanding of the current media environment:

“A lot of the things that we’re making are in the structure of courses. We’re instructing students right now in hopes that they’re creating things that will improve their portfolio, things that we can submit to competitions, and then maybe eventually out of that something viable from a business perspective will come out of it,” she explains.


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This is one of the cases collected as part of the ongoing Media Innovation Mapping project, a collaboration between WAN-IFRA’s Global Alliance for Media Innovation and the Media Innovation Studio at UCLan. Read about the 30+ Media Labs we talked to so far or contact us to share your story.

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