Thanks for your support of Ball State Sports Link and Digital Sports Production!
It’s been quite a ride since 2009 and, as you know, this semester we started the first Digital Sports Production track of any University in the nation. People are watching.
The addition of our “new” assistant director, Alex Kartman, has been awesome for not only our students, but for myself as well. Alex brings tremendous character and experience into our program, plus he continues to freelance actively – bringing the latest industry trends back to our students. I am blessed to guide this program with Alex as we move forward.
This semester we have over 30 students involved in our two programs, including our first class of freshmen in the new DSP track. Among those are seven students from outside the state of Indiana. The Fall 2014 class already has commitments from as many as six students from out-of-state, proving our reach and attention is truly national.
To note, our program goal was to have a total of 10 out-of-state students by 2017. If all goes as planned, we have already projected 13 out-of-state students by next Fall. Very proud.
We also opened our new Digital Sports Production center in August — and now into November — we are almost completely finished with all the “finishing touches”. A major thank you to TablExfor our custom-designed tables, as well as Ball State Athletics for providing our wall graphics.
The DSP center is a 1,500-plus sq. ft. space with 10 workstations, meeting space, classroom space, an audio recording room, an equipment room and director offices.
The highlight of our new center is our digital media wall which features two 65″ plasmas and three 32″ flat screens – all wired and connected for streaming, social media and broadcasts. The space has, without question, increased our efficiency, productivity and creativity. Please come visit us.
Thanks to some additional grants written by Alex, and the support of our department, we are now fully equipped with seven HD cameras, including four Sony EX3s and our new slo-mo camera, the Sony FS 700.
I would also like to a say special thank you to the SL Class of 2012-13 — especially our seniors who graduated last May. The entire group agreed to forego their payment for working March Madness to keep the donated funds in our SL account for the new facility and cameras.
As always, the need for additional dollars and external support never ends. Tax-deductible donations to Ball State University to support our program — at any amount — is appreciated. You’ll find more information at the bottom of this email on how to give to Ball State Sports Link’s Foundation #7418 account.
As 2014 approaches, we are very close to some major news regarding digital strategy and our involvement with the NCAA, plus the planning has already started for March Madness Live in 2014 — our fourth straight year serving as the exclusive social media and real-time highlight production team.
Below you will find many notes on our program, links to our student work and more. Quite honestly, too much to add in one update. Be sure to like our Facebook page and Follow@bsusportslink on Twitter for daily updates.
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