Robert Quigley, a senior lecturer and the school's Innovation Director, focuses on new media. He is a 16-year veteran of the print journalism industry. In the last few years of his newspaper career, he helped the Austin American-Statesman reach national prominence with its use of new media and social media.
In 2012, he started a unique cross-disciplinary course at the University of Texas in which journalism and computer science majors come together to build iPhone apps. He also teaches Social Media Journalism, Writing for Online Audiences and Reporting Words. He is the chairman of the faculty Innovations Committee.
Quigley started as a sports writer at The (Nacogdoches) Daily Sentinel in 1995. He joined the Austin American-Statesman as a page designer and copy editor in 1998. He won several Texas APME and Society of Newspaper Design awards as a copy editor and page designer. He became assistant news editor in 2001. In 2007, he was named the paper's first-ever Internet editor. In 2009, he became one of the first social media editors in the world, overseeing the Statesman's industry-leading social efforts. In 2010, the Statesman won a first place Texas APME award for the Fort Hood shootings, and Quigley's use of social media was singled out by the judges. In 2011, the Statesman won another first place award, this time for a plane crash into an IRS building in Austin. Again, Quigley's use of social media made the judges' comments.
He has been quoted in numerous publications, including Poynter Online, Nieman Journalism Lab, Mediabistro, the American Journalism Review, the New York Times and Mashable as an expert on social media and new media.
Quigley has been a featured speaker or panelist at numerous media gatherings, including South by Southwest Interactive, the National Association of Hispanic Journalists Convention, the Texas Daily Newspapers Association annual meeting, the PBS national meeting, the Southern Newspapers Publishers Association, Texas State's Media Week, the International Symposium on Online Journalism and Austin Social Media Club.
In 2012, Quigley became a founder of ONA Austin, a local branch of the Online News Association. The group promotes excellence in online journalism.
Quigley, originally from Scottsville, N.Y., has lived in Texas since he was 18.