My Classes

I've taught classes such as: Web Design and Publishing, Media Design, Visual Storytelling, Advanced Social Media and Analytics and Fundamentals of Digital and Online Media.

Web Design and Publishing

This course is designed to instruct students in website development and design, as well as graphic design and video editing. The goal is to emphasize more than just the skills associated with individual programs, but the integration of several skills into designing effective and attractive websites.

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Media Design

This course introduces the application of advanced principles of media design including: basic design principles, typography, color, photography, video, and multimedia. Students will learn production skills for existing and new media.

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Visual Storytelling

This course is an introduction to basic elements of video journalistic storytelling for today’s converged newsrooms. Students gather information using journalism practices, such as in person interviews, and learn to use video newsgathering technologies to produce stories for online and digital platforms.

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Advanced Social Media and Analytics

This course will provide students with an advanced understanding of social media, marketing plans and social media analytics. Students will build company and/or journalistic profiles on the top social networks – Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, YouTube, Instagram and more – to engage with audiences and communities and utilize analytical tools to track success.

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About Me

My name is Sara Shields and I teach at Texas State University. I have a Bachelors Degree in Public Relations and a Masters Degree in Digital Media. After working in digital marketing for a few years, I now teach full time at Texas State. My experience in the digital field has equipped me well to teach classes related to video production, web design, graphic design and social media management. I also own a creative production company called Pixels Creative Media.