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Daud Isa selected for ‘digital bootcamp’ in mass communication


Daud Isa, a lecturer at the Department of Communication and Media, is among only 20 scholars nationwide selected into the PhDigital Bootcamp that will explore the emerging role of the digital scholar-educator.

The bootcamp prepares mass communication faculty to lead curriculum innovation in a digital product context. The program is an online/in-person hybrid, with the in-person workshop scheduled May 13-19 in the Media Innovation Lab (MILab) on the Texas State University campus in San Marcos.

The bootcamp is supported by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and will be led by Cindy Royal, director of the MILab and a digital innovator with experience in curriculum redesign.

“We are thrilled with the response to the program and the incredibly competitive selection process,” Royal said.

“Journalism educators have a leading role to play in ensuring the newsrooms of tomorrow innovate and adapt to new information demands,” said LaSharah Bunting, Knight Foundation director for journalism.

The program has recruited faculty and advisers who are leaders in virtual reality and 360 video, drones, data, social media, bots, artificial intelligence, coding, multimedia storytelling and media innovation.

Isa earned his doctorate in mass communication from the University of Georgia, and his master’s in journalism from West Virginia University. He teaches digital imaging, multimedia storytelling, media writing and video production courses. His research explores digital and social media, social networks, semantic networks and network agenda setting.