Cindy Royal is a professor in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Texas State University, where she teaches web design and digital media topics. She is the founding director of the Media Innovation Lab launched Fall 2016. During the 2013-2014 academic year, she was in residence at Stanford University as a Knight Journalism Fellow. In 2013, she was awarded the Charles E. Scripps Journalism and Mass Communication Teacher of the Year, presented by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and the Scripps Howard Foundation. In 2017, Royal was awarded a grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to host the Ph.Digital Bootcamp, a workshop to develop faculty to lead innovative curriculum. More information can be found at cindyroyal.com.