Cindy Royal named Charles E. Scripps Teacher of the Year

Posted by Jayme Blaschke
University News Service
March 18, 2014

Cindy Royal, an associate professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University, has been named Journalism and Mass Communication Teacher of the Year by the Scripps Howard Foundation.

Royal specializes in teaching the practical and theoretical concepts of new media. She completed Ph.D. studies in journalism and mass communication at the University of Texas at Austin in May 2005. Royal teaches Web design and online journalism, as well as other courses dealing with communication and technology.

Royal will receive $10,000 as part of the national award.

Royal will be honored Aug. 6 in cooperation with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication during the keynote session of its annual conference, held this year in Montreal.

Established in 1953, the Scripps Howard Foundation’s national journalism awards competition is open to news organizations based in the U.S. and recognizes outstanding print, broadcast and online journalism in 15 categories. Two additional categories honor college journalism and mass communication educators for excellence in administration and teaching.

Dedicated to excellence in journalism, the Scripps Howard Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the E.W. Scripps Company, and is a leader in industry efforts in journalism education, scholarships, internships, minority recruitment and development, literacy and First Amendment causes. With a special commitment to the regions where Scripps does business, the foundation helps build healthy communities and improve the quality of life through support of sound educational programs, strong families, vital social services, enriching arts and culture and inclusive civic affairs.