About

jonzHello, world! My name is Jon Zmikly. It’s a pleasure to make your digital acquaintance.

I grew up in the great state of Michigan where I earned a bachelor’s degree in Broadcast and Cinematic Arts from Central Michigan University. After a series of internships and jobs at television and radio stations around Michigan, I realized broadcast journalism was not the best path for me. So, in 2007, I traveled to Texas to pursue a master’s degree at Texas State University. After taking just a few digital media grad courses and attending SXSW Interactive, I began to see how much the internet was completely disrupting the traditional media industry. Instead of becoming afraid for the future of journalism, I saw it as an opportunity to be embraced, and I began experimenting with websites, digital video and social media as tools for digital communication.

Since my time in grad school, I have since heard from some of the most influential people in tech, like Mark Zuckerberg, Gary Vaynerchuk, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Evan Williams, and Chris Anderson. It’s been exciting to see how much the media has changed in the past few years, and I feel pretty lucky to be part of the digital revolution.

I am currently a senior lecturer in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication at Texas State University where I teach in the Digital Media Innovation sequence. Most of my courses focus on the convergence of new technology and media, including web design and a survey course on the fundamentals of online media. I’m also what one might call a “content manager” and editor for our school’s website, blog and social media accounts.

When I’m not mass-communicating it up, I’m the youth pastor and webmaster for San Marcos Community Church, and I am the co-founder of a digital full-service agency in Austin called coiski.

 

While my life seems to change every couple years or so, one thing that never changes is my full devotion to Jesus Christ. I love talking about what He has done in my life, and I know He has an ultimate plan for each one of us. I’m very excited to see “the plans He has made for me.” Feel free to check out my resume and CV below.

 

Resume / CV


Degree University Major
Master of Arts Texas State University, 2009 Media Studies
Bachelor of Applied Arts Central Michigan University, 2006 Broadcast & Cinematic Arts

Position Entity Dates
Senior / Adjunct Lecturer Texas State University August 2009 – present
Co-founder coiski July 2016 – present
Content Manager / Web Editor Texas State University August 2010 – present
Associate Editor / Webmaster Southwest Education Council for Journalism and Mass Communication August 2012 – present
Social Media Consultant Freelance July 2013 – present
Web Development / Design Freelance July 2010 – present
Media Director San Marcos Community Church July 2009 – present
Graduate Instructional Assistant Texas State University August 2006 – May 2009
Graduate Research Assistant Texas State University May 2007 – August 2008
Blogger Intern SXSW Interactive September 2008 – March 2009
Promotional Assistant CBS Radio – WOMC-FM May 2007 – January 2008
9 & 10 News Intern WWTV & WWUPTV January 2006 –  May 2006
Production and News Intern WOOD/WOTV/WSXP May 2005 – August 2005

Award Entity Date
Presidential Award for Excellence in Service College Runner-Up Texas State University 2015
Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching Nominee Texas State University 2014
Outstanding Graduate Assistant Texas State University 2009
Outstanding Graduate Student Texas State University 2009
Second Place, Journalism Category AEJMC Best of the Web 2009
First Place, Magazine Format Television Show NBS Regional Conference May 2008

Course Name Entity Dates
Digital Tools: Virtual Reality & 360 Video Texas State University Spring 2017
Digital First Mindset Texas State University Spring 2016
Digital Media Ethics Texas State University Fall 2015
Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media Texas State University August 2012 – present
Web Design & Publishing Texas State University August 2009 – present
Media Design Texas State University August 2012 – December 2013
Visual Literacy: Film Texas State University Fall 2012
University Seminar Texas State University Fall 2011
Writing for the Mass Media Texas State University August 2006 – May 2009

Presentation Name Entity Date
Tech Tools – New Media, New Technologies Texas State University May 2014
The Digital Revolution KUT Austin’s “Views and Brews” September 2013
Tech Tools – iPad for Teaching and Learning Texas State University May 2012, 2013
Final Cut Express Workshop National Association of Hispanic Journalists Training Workshop February 2010
Digital Media National College Media Conference October 2009
Social Media Engagement and Integration Bootstrap Interactive October 2009

Title Entity Dates
Website Committee School of Journalism and Mass Communication – Texas State University Fall 2010 – present
Alumni Committee Texas State University Fall 2010 – present
Live Streaming, Web Development, Web Editor Mass Communication Week Fall 2007 – present
Final Cut Sports Faculty Advisor Texas State University Fall 2013 – present
Video Game Industry Association Texas State University Spring 2011 – Fall 2013
Youth Leader San Marcos Community Church July 2009 – present
Tutor DeZavala Elementary February 2012 – May 2013
Sack Lunch Distribution DeZavala Elementary March 2013
Volunteer Habitat for Humanity July 2011
Conversation Partner International Student Services September 2009 – May 2010