Ph.Digital Bootcamp

The Ph.Digital Bootcamp prepares mass communication doctoral students and early career faculty to become digital scholar-educators and lead curriculum innovation. The program is an online/in-person hybrid that begin in Spring 2018 with 19 participants visiting the Texas State campus May 14-20. Activities were held in the Media Innovation Lab (MILab) in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. In November 2018, the program received continued funding for a total of $225,000 from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to continue the program for two additional years.

The workshop addressed the following topics:

  • digital platforms and product management
  • web and mobile development
  • data journalism and visualization
  • social media engagement
  • entrepreneurship and innovation
  • experiential learning in the digital environment
  • emerging media in drones, virtual reality and bots
  • pedagogy strategies and digital scholarship insights
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About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy. For more, visit


Thanks to support from the Knight Foundation, participants  receive funding to cover training, transportation, lodging, materials and meals for the in-person workshop in May. Find additional program information and curriculum at