Cindy Royal
email:; twitter @cindyroyal (these are the best ways to get in touch)
office phone: 512-245-3481
office: OM 224
office hours: MW 11:30-12:30; W 3:30-6:30pm; or by appt.

Cindy Royal is a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication where she teaches Web design and online/digital/social media courses. She is also the founding director of the Media Innovation Lab and leads the team of faculty who support the Digital Media Innovation degree.

She completed Ph.D. studies at The University of Texas in 2005. Her research interests include understanding the role of programming and data in journalism, using social media in experiential learning projects and the integration of technology in education. Her students have gone on to digital media careers for prominent organizations, including New York Times, NPR, Austin American-Statesman, San Antonio Express-News, Austin Post, KUT Austin, Blackbaud, Spredfast, Homeaway, Mason Zimbler, Mosak Advertising & Insights, SXSW, IBM, Trademark Media, T3, Rockfish Interactive, Rice University, Concordia University and The University of Texas. Royal, an avid live music fan, hosts a music blog at and a tech blog at She has written for Texas Music Magazine and co-founded the Austin chapter of Hacks/Hackers. In 2013, she was named AEJMC/Scripps Howard Journalism Teacher of the Year  and was the recipient of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching at Texas State. She was a winner of the Statesman’s Texas Social Media Award in 2010. More information on her background and activities can be found at