Kelsey Whipple is the first Dallas Morning News Innovation fellow as well as the creator of the Tiny Texas Podcast Festival. This festival combines panels, workshops and live podcast recordings for a one-day event. For her Ph.D, she is writing her dissertation about the professional roles of entertainment journalists.
In the past, she has served as the assistant instructor for Digital Storytelling Basics, a class that teaches students about journalism through various kinds of media and technology. Before coming to The University of Texas at Austin, she worked as the editorial digital director for Voice Media Group in Los Angeles, the web editor for Westword in Denver, and the social media editor for People For the Ethical Treatment of Animals.
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Chenyan Jia is a Dallas Morning News Innovation Fellow. Through this fellowship, she is pursuing a Ph.D in journalism while conducting research and creating a journalistic innovation of her own. Her project with The Dallas Morning News Innovation Endowment aims to provide an online resource to journalists that provides both coding tutorials and an online forum. Furthermore, she is serving as the teaching assistant for Digital Storytelling Basics, a class that teaches students about journalism through various kinds of media and technology.
She has won the Top Paper Award from the ICA 2017 International New Media Forum and The Best Research Paper from The Economist (Asia/Pacific). Additionally, she was awarded the National Fellowship by the Ministry of Education of China while pursuing her M.A. in Journalism from Peking University.
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