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Ball State Sports Link To Welcome 12-Time National Sports Emmy Winner To Campus

Screen Shot 2014-04-09 at 1.46.51 PMBall State Sports Link and Digital Sports Production will welcome veteran producer Steve Scheer to campus April 14-15.  The trip continues an extensive list of sports media and production professionals actively advancing and supporting students in the Department of Telecommunication’s new digital sports production track.

In August of 2013, Scheer joined FOX Sports as the Network’s Senior Coordinating Producer for College Basketball, after 31 award-winning years at CBS Sports. He will work with Ball State students in both group and individual settings on live sports producing, storytelling and innovative production techniques being used in the industry.

Scheer began his career at CBS Sports in August of 1982.  A 12-time National Sports Emmy Award winner ( 20+ nominations ), Scheer was honored  in 2007 with the prestigious Jake Wade Award, presented annually by the College Sports Information Directors of America to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution in the media to the field of intercollegiate athletics.  In so doing, Scheer became the first ever winner from CBS Sports and the first ever winner from production.

He is also a three-time winner and four-time nominee of the Director’s Guild of America Achievement Award.

During his over three decades with CBS, Scheer worked on virtually every major property televised by CBS Sports.  His credits include the NFL, The NFL Today, College Football, The Winter Olympics, NASCAR, Major League Baseball, the NBA and College Basketball.  Among the marquee events:  six Super Bowls, three World Series, 10 Daytona 500s, two NBA Finals and 30 Men’s NCAA Basketball Tournaments.

 It is within the world of College Basketball that Scheer has gained an incredible reputation.  He has earned the trust and respect of an array of major college coaches, who have provided him access that was never seen before.  Scheer’s relationships have brought major innovations – with CBS Sports becoming the first Network to ever televise a pre-game speech before a National Championship game.  And just last season, Scheer broke new territory – bringing the national audience into a sacred area – broadcasting a coaches meeting and a coach’s halftime speech – LIVE!

Scheer is a fixture at college basketball’s premier event.  He was an integral part of CBS Sports coverage of the Final Four for 30 of his 31 years at the Network.  In addition, he was CBS Sports lone on-site representative for the Men’s NCAA Basketball Selection Show since 1996.  Once again his trust and respect led to more innovation – as CBS Sports has been able to bring a live camera into the Selection Room, along with other unprecedented access.

Scheer began his career in sports media in 1979, as a sportswriter in the nation’s No. 1 market.  He moved on to radio in 1980 with Enterprise Radio, the original 24-hour all-sports radio network.  His foray into television began in 1981 with the USA Cable Network.  He has also freelanced for ESPN and the Big Ten Network, while helping The CBS College Sports Network enhance its production.

Scheer is a graduate of Fordham University, where he is a guest lecturer each year.  He currently resides in Morristown, N.J., with his wife Sandi and their three children – Sydney (15), and twin 10-year olds, Will and Elly.

Ball State Sports Link Welcomes ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi & Producer Ben Houser

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Ball State Sports Link and Digital Sports Production will welcome ESPN’s Tom Rinaldi and ESPN Senior Coordinating Producer Ben Houser to campus March 25.

The Emmy award-winning duo will work with students individually and in group settings on visual storytelling and production.  The visit continues to strengthen Ball State’s partnership with the network.

Rinaldi is an ESPN correspondent based in New York, contributing to SportsCenterOutside the LinesOutside the Lines Nightly, College GameDay and NFL Countdown.  He also appears as a reporter, contributing features and interviews from many of ESPN’s top event productions, including golf and tennis’ major events.

Rinaldi won a Sports Emmy award in 2007 in the “Outstanding Long Feature” category for reporting on SportsCenter’s “Travis Roy” piece. He is also the recipient of three Regional Emmy Awards, three Associated Press Awards, as well as the USA Today Feature-of-the-Year award.

A native of Brooklyn, N.Y., Rinaldi received a bachelor of arts degree in English from the University of Pennsylvania in 1988 and a masters of arts degree in journalism from Columbia University in 1993.

Houser is a nine-time National Sports Emmy Award winner, including four consecutive Emmys in either short feature, long feature or outstanding sports journalism.  Since 2004, Houser has received 30 national Emmy nominations.

He is a graduate of Elizabethtown College (Pennsylvania) and is currently the senior producer of E:60, dedicated to combining the best forms of television storytelling with investigative journalism.

 

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NCAA March Madness Live & Ball State Sports Link

Screen Shot 2014-03-16 at 5.20.54 PMMUNCIE, Ind. – Ball State Sports Link, the immersive learning experience for digital sports production, will again play a role in one of the largest sporting events in the country — the 2014 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship.

NCAA March Madness Live will provide college basketball fans unparalleled multi-screen access to every game of the tournament, bringing fans more than 150 hours of live basketball on more devices than ever before.​

This is the fourth consecutive year that Ball State Sports Link has worked with Turner Sports in the operations of the Coke Zero NCAA March Madness Social Arena.

The Coke Zero NCAA March Madness Social Arena is a forum to extend the conversation surrounding all of the games within March Madness Live products. Fans can follow game tweets, view Instagram photos and – for the first time – Vine videos. Fans can also participate in the social commentary by using the hashtag #marchmadness.

As many as 25 students under the direction of director Chris Taylor and assistant director Alex Kartman, will edit and produce real-time video highlights from all 67 games of the tournament for the Coke Zero NCAA March Madness Social Arena.

Produced by Turner Sports, NCAA March Madness Live will introduce redesigned product features including a new bracket layout, a redesigned GameCenter experience, new Bracket Challenge game and enhanced social features, and will be available to consumers for the first time on the Windows Store, as well as the App Store and Google Play.

This year, NCAA March Madness Live is available from more platforms than ever before including ncaa.com/marchmadnessCBSSports.combleacherreport.com, the Amazon App store for Android and Kindle tablets, the Apple App Store, Google Play and the Windows Store Additionally, fans can watch games via live streaming on TNT, TBS and truTV’s digital platforms, as well as participating TV provider websites.

The ultimate digital destination for streaming video, highlights, stats, news and social engagement throughout the championship, NCAA March Madness Live will provide live coverage of all 67 games from this year’s marquee event.

Additionally, for the first time during the National Semifinals on Saturday, April 5, March Madness Live will provide three distinct feeds of both games to provide unprecedented viewing options for fans – live streaming of the traditional game coverage provided on TBS, along with streams of the team-specific presentations offered via TNT and truTV.

In addition to Sports Link’s work with NCAA March Madness Live, the program launched a new class within its digital sports production major to assist the NCAA national office with its digital strategy.

Students researched and produced exclusive video content (#MarchMoments and #SocialSpotlight) for the @marchmadness accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.

“We are excited to partner with the Ball State Sports Link program on this new initiative,” said Nate Flannery, Director of NCAA Digital and Social Media, Championships and Alliances. “Not only does it provide our men’s basketball social media platforms with valuable content, it also gives the next generation of content producers first-hand experience.”

This year, Ball State opened its new Digital Sports Production center in the Ball Communications building. The 1,500-sq. ft. facility was modeled after the Turner Sports Digital Event Operations Center. The center allows students to get experience using the same workflows and tools for social monitoring and digital programming as those used at the Turner Studios facility in Atlanta — a one-of-a-kind live operations center for Turner Sports produced digital products.

@BallStateWBB: March On

By: Tyler Bradfield | Ball State Sports Link
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The Ball State women’s basketball team has danced its way back to the Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship for the first time since 2009.

To many on the surface, it comes as a surprise.

The Cardinals had their fair share of ups and downs during the regular season, winning no more than three games consecutively at any point.

Midway through the conference season Ball State fell into a deep shooting slump, shooting sub 30% from behind the arc for a five game stretch. The woes hit rock bottom Feb. 2 when the Cardinals fell 57-60 on the road at Kent State, which had the worst record in the MAC.

Here was Ball State projected to finish second in the MAC West in the preseason polls, returning every starter from last year’s WNIT Final 16 team, and they were a below .500 team towards the bottom of the MAC standings.

After a 72-85 loss in overtime at MAC West leader Central Michigan, the Cardinals were sitting 6-9 in conference with the season slipping through their fingertips.

The Cardinals then strung together three consecutive wins to close out the regular season over Western Michigan, Northern Illinois and Toledo finishing the conference with a 9-9 record. With help from NIU, the Cardinals received the fifth overall seed in the MAC Tournament as the second-highest seed from the MAC West.

The Cardinals rode their hot finish into the MAC Tournament stringing four wins together in the conference tournament including upset wins over fourth-seeded Buffalo and top-seeded Bowling Green.

Which sets the stage for Saturday, Ball State vs Akron. The winner celebrates by climbing the ladder to cut down the nets as MAC Champions. Ball State hasn’t played for a MAC Championship since 2009 when it took the crown and went on to defeat Pat Summit’s Tennessee Lady Volunteers in the first round of the NCAA Tournament. Akron played in the MAC Championship last season, but fell to Central Michigan.

This season the Cardinals and Zips have met twice in the regular season, both resulting in Akron victories. Ball State, however is shooting the ball far better and is the hottest team in the MAC, winning its past seven games. As the saying goes around college basketball, its all about who is playing their best basketball come March.

Ball State has shot better than 44% from behind the arc in the tournament and plus 75% at the line. Akron boasts the MAC’s top two scorers in the league in Rachel Tecca and Hanna Luburgh.

Tomorrow’s championship game can be heard on Ball State Sports Link Radio on WCRD. Listen on 91.3 FM in Muncie, online for free at wcrd.net, and through your smart phone with the WCRD app and TuneIn Radio App. Tip is set for 1 p.m. from Cleveland.

Katie Murphy’s Senior Success

By: Connor Onion | Ball State Sports Link
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Grit. Determination. Leadership.

All three are trademarks engrained in Katie Murphy by prior teammates.

As a young post-player yearning to reach her full potential, Murphy took after one of the most accomplished forward’s in Ball State Women’s Basketball history in Emily Maggert.

Three years Murphy’s senior, Maggert secured her place in the Ball State and Mid-American Conference record books during Katie’s freshman season.  Maggert finished her career as the third-leading scorer and rebounder in program history.

“Emily Maggert,” Murphy said.  “That’s something my coaches were just in my ear about.  What a great role model to watch.”

Maggert’s influence as both a capable basketball player and mentor, paid dividends for Murphy as her collegiate career progressed.

After experiencing the normal growing pains for a college freshman and learning from one of the best, Murphy made the crossover into a leadership role.

“When you guys watch Haley [Richardson], that was me as a freshman”, Murphy said.

Understanding how overwhelming the adjustment to the college game can be, Murphy has taken Richardson — a freshman forward — under her wing, much like Maggert’s encouragement during Katie’s freshman season.

If Richardson is seeking guidance from a prolific scorer, she won’t find it in Murphy.

You are more likely to catch the 6-foot-0 senior out of Peoria, Ill., on the floor taking a charge or diving for a loose ball, rather than stuffing the stat sheet.

“Katie’s not so much of a vocal leader as she is just showing [others] what it takes”, senior point guard Brandy Woody said. “She is always that person to tell us to keep our heads up and just keep fighting.”

Murphy and Woody represent the 2013-14 team’s lone seniors. The duo enters the month of March fighting to recreate a postseason run from a year ago.

Fight is another trait never lacking in a Katie Murphy-led team, exemplified by the Cardinals’ upset of Minnesota, 54-51, in the first round of the 2013 Women’s National Invitation Tournament.

In typical Murphy fashion, her contributions were not flashy. However, six rebounds and a stingy defensive performance, limiting Gophers’ forward Kionna Kellogg to only seven points, went a long way in Ball State securing the triumph.

“We ended up coming out on top,” Murphy said. “And it was just one of those moments where you are so happy you could cry.”

The signature win in Murphy’s career may have never occurred had it not been for her tradition-rich, basketball family.

With Murphy’s grandpa coaching, her Dad receiving Division I scholarship offers out of high school and her uncle, Ray Giacoletti, serving as the head coach at Drake, it was inevitable she too would pick up a basketball.

“It was inevitable I was going to play,” Murphy said.  “The person getting the hustle plays and the rebounds.  That’s just what I do.”

With each defensive close out and dive on the floor for a loose ball, she has created a legacy that will not soon be forgotten.

While known for her work on the glass, rebounding from the graduation of Katie Murphy will be no simple task for Ball State.

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Running In The Family: Quentin Payne

By: Ben Johnston | Ball State Sports Link
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For Freshman Quinten Payne, ever since he was born it was fate that he would play the game of basketball.

“It was really when I was little before I could walk, there was always a little blow up basketball or a real basketball it was just put into our hands.  Because I didn’t know my parents played until I was older”, says Quinten.

It’s tough being the youngest of three especially when everyone older has played division one basketball.

“We didn’t really compete well against him [older brother] in the beginning just because we were younger.  My sister than began to shoot the ball well, but when it came to one on one he was still better than the both of us,” says Payne.

With preparations of college the road for commitment was a difficult process that ultimately led him to Ball State.

Originally committed to another college, Quinten committed to Loyola of Chicago and wanted to go and join his brother there.  But after his older brother graduated, Payne reevaluated his decision, and got his release from there.

Then after a new head coach was appointed at Ball State, Quinten had another offer just waiting to come up.

“He [Coach Whitford] came in and watched me work out and watched some different game tape.  So we had a bond early on, but it was something that we knew would be a great relationship and a great coaching relationship early on,” explains Quinten.  After talking it over with Coach Whitford, Quinten then committed to Ball State and became a Cardinal.

Growing up in a household of division one-basketball players, there is no doubt that Quinten knows who to call in a time of need.

“Since my family has played D-1 basketball, they have all gone through the struggles and the great times,” says Payne. “My dad, has been the person who has trained me forever.  He has coached me when I was younger through high school and AAU and I can’t thank him enough for all the stuff he has done. Without him I would probably not be at the level I am today.

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Download The @bsusportslink iPad App

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As the Ball State athletics department and Ball State Sports Link continue their outstanding relationship, the nation’s first fully immersive sports media and production program has released a new version of its Sports Link iPad App in 2014.

The interactive iPad app continues Sports Link’s cross-platform focus on digital sports production featuring video, interactive elements and written pieces.

Issue #1 of the digital publication, which is available to download for free from the iTunes store, features award-winning stories on football’s Keith Wenning, basketball’s Jill Morrison, swimming’s Tanner Barton and interactive features on Ball State Softball. Additional digital features include written stories, a “know your cards” page and links to SL’s featured video productions.

Link to download on iPad:https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/sports-link/id585907217?mt=8  or search Ball State Sports Link in the iTunes search option.

The Sports Link iPad App, designed by senior Lemuel Young and sophomore Torey Fox, is possible through the Ball State Digital Publishing Studio using Adobe Digital Publishing Suite.  Issue #2 will be released in early March with features on men’s and women’s basketball, gymnastics, men’s volleyball and baseball.

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March Madness Testing, my inner Nemo and the like

By Aaron Van Auken | Ball State Sports Link
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Feb 27, 2014 | Atlanta, GA

I will never really get over the “neat-o” factor of flying, and I think  it comes from having never really flown anywhere until last summer. When all the little cars and buildings and roads disappear below, it feels like I’m hovering over my grandpa’s train board.

Another thing that fascinates me about travel is how humbling it can be. I’m going to take a second to brag here, so bear with me. I’m a senior in college, 22 years old, and a leader in three top-tier campus organizations, one of which is Ball State Sports Link. I’ve won awards and been voted on by peers. I like to think of myself as one of the bigger fish.

But, when I go to a new state, or even a new city, I realize just how small my pond is. Driving into the city I looked like a little kid, with big eyes and an open mouth. Georgia Tech University to the left, CNN to the right, Georgia Dome over here, Bobby Dodd Stadium over there.

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Atlanta Skyline, from the view of the top floor.

After passing all these giants in the sports and media world, I suddenly felt like a nobody, which was probably as it should be.

Traveling really brings out in me the feeling that there are much bigger things in the world than myself, Ball State, or Sports Link—which is definitely true.

But there is also a flip side.

When we finally arrived at the Turner Entertainment complex, we were met personally at the front gate by one of the March Madness Live app’s product managers, who escorted us past the security checkpoint.

Our stations in the digital operation center were marked specifically for us — complete with a phone, headset, and plug-ins for game monitoring. We met a few of the employees, who greeted us excitedly.

“The Ball State guys are here!”

It was like they knew us. Turner Sports paid for our flights and hotel, and they even catered dinner for us during the testing session.

Suddenly, my gills felt a little bigger.

Walking through the complex of one of the biggest media companies in the world and being personally introduced to full-time employees felt really good. It made me realize just how big of an impact Ball State and Sports Link is making, even in other cities and states.

Hallway in the Turner Sports Complex.

Hallway in the Turner Sports Complex.

Not only do we play a role in the production of one of the most famous sporting events in the U.S., but Sports Link has also given me a label and reputation that precedes me.

I can walk into a room of professionals, and before they know my name, they know what I have done, and how well I’ve done it. THAT was a good feeling. I felt like a saber-toothed tiger shark.

But I’m sure that will change again soon, because I’ll be walking the same halls that Charles Barkley lumbers through.

I’ll be looking at trees that Ted Turner himself probably planted. And the best part for me, and for many others, is that I’ll be doing it in a shirt marked Sports Link.

Those are some pretty cool fins, if I do say so myself.

What A Weekend!

By Luke Martin| Ball State Sports Link
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How can you get any better than Florida in February? Am I right?

How could I get away from the frozen tundra of Muncie, Indiana?

When I was given the opportunity from Ball State Athletics to call Ball State Baseball games over the weekend, I was excited to get back to a sport I was used to covering on a regular basis in high school, but have been separated for quite some time.

Ball State senior Sean Godfrey is a main reason why Cardinal fans are excited about what the 2014 Ball State Cardinals can accomplish.

Ball State senior Sean Godfrey is a main reason why Cardinal fans are excited about what the 2014 Ball State Cardinals can accomplish.

I was eager to get back to covering baseball, but more so to call my first baseball games on the radio. Columbus East provided many great opportunities for me while I was a student there, which to this day I am forever grateful for because I wouldn’t be where I am at without my high school experience, but Columbus East never had a student radio station.

It is really hard to earn a play-by-play position at Ball State because of the talent at this school and where the talent comes from. I knew I was behind in the count (nice baseball reference to use) coming into Ball State because I had zero play-by-play experience before college.

The reason I mention not having prior experience is to show, or I hope to show, you don’t have to come from a big broadcasting high school to be successful in the big leagues at Ball State.

In preparing for the weekend, most of my focus was making sure I didn’t screw up my first weekend calling games, but also the first baseball game I have covered since high school.

Before this past weekend, I had talked with Coach Rich Maloney only a handful of times. I met him when he was reintroduced at Ball State a year ago, but it wasn’t much of a conversation for us to warrant a relationship in days to follow.

I was reintroduced to him before our trip to Florida and when he saw me you’d think we talked every day for the past 15 years. Shows you what kind of guy Ball State has running their baseball program.

Though, It wasn’t just Coach Maloney who was more than complimentary. The whole coaching staff and team as well were great to be around in Florida. What I enjoyed most was really seeing all of the great stories develop just this past weekend.

Ball State manager Rich Maloney is one of the best coaches to work with.

Ball State head coach Rich Maloney is one of the best coaches to work with.

Take Jake Brewer, for example, missing all of last season and going through Tommy John surgery. I am looking forward to telling his story through the Sports Link camera lenses soon, but you would have never guessed he was winless in his career by spending time around him.

Brewer has a great presence around the program, or I like to use the term “swagger” (which Zach Hughes mocks me for using so much). He is one of the most approachable guys you could meet too, which surprised me due to all the hardships he has been through over the years.

Brewer set a great example over the weekend that anyone can learn from. Remember how I mentioned earlier how I wasn’t going to let my lack of experience in high school from play-by-play hold me back? Brewer didn’t let his past experiences prevent him from having a dominant performance Friday night or many more dominate performances to come.

It is still early in the season for Jake, and we will wait and see how the season progresses for him, but seeing him dominate Mississippi Valley State was special. After all the difficult rehabs and therapy he needed to get through to be back to this point and seeing what kind of young man he is should make his parents John and Susan proud.

Brewer wasn’t the only Cardinal who made a statement over the weekend.

Brandon Estep saw a decrease in his playing time when Maloney arrived in 2013, which I am sure wasn’t received well by Estep.

Estep saw much more action in 2012 than in 2013  – and it didn’t have anything to do with personal health. It had everything to do with how he handles his day-to-day business and doing the little things right off the baseball diamond.

Maloney also told me it was competition on the team that pushed Estep to his limits. Maloney doesn’t care what age you are, he is going to put the best nine guys on the lineup card.

It was so easy for Estep, just like it was for Brewer, to throw in the towel and give up. What does Estep do instead? Batting .433 with 13 hits and 3 home runs. He had six hits all of last season and only one homerun in his career prior to 2014. Those are two key juniors making positive influences for the Cardinals and it seems to be trickling down all the way to the freshman class.

Alex Maloney has pressure on him unlike any other player, mostly due to reasons he can’t control. Alex’s dad is his head coach.  I can’t imagine the pressure and burden he has to carry. It isn’t easy for a player to play for his dad, especially at such a high level, but Alex showed his mental toughness over the weekend, especially in the finale against Northwestern.

Maloney moved to third base from shortstop in the Northwestern game, but it was at the plate where he went through some challenges. Maloney’s batting average dropped below .200 and seemed like he couldn’t hit the broad side of a barn.

I am sure everyone by now knows what Alex did in the Northwestern game, but I will finish the story anyways.

Alex came back Sunday with a huge sacrifice fly, drew a walk which he ultimately scored on and had the walk-off single to pick up the all-important third win on the weekend. His dad mentions all the time about needing players with strong mental toughness.  His son has it and more.

Alex wasn’t the lone freshman who made echoes through the crisp, warm Florida air, as Caleb Stayton produced a weekend of baseball he will remember for quite sometime. Stayton was batting below .100 after the first weekend at .083 but his batting average rose immensely over the weekend.

His homerun Friday against Wisconsin Milwaukee and bloop single Sunday against Northwestern were the main highlights from what was a bounce back weekend for him. He is only a freshman, but more importantly a digital sports production major…. just saying.

Remember how Jake Brewer picked up his first career win Friday night? Well, reigning MAC pitcher of the week Zach Plesac has three wins and a save this season already — as a freshman. The past sentence isn’t written in anyway to portray a bad image of Brewer. It is written to show how impressive Zach Plesac has been in his short time in Muncie.

Wow…How about these Cardinals, huh? No quit in this team after getting the doors blown off by a solid Iowa team Friday, 16-6. Is Iowa really 10 runs better than Ball State? They were Friday but can’t let one bad game turn into two.

The game of baseball is great for many reasons, but being able to have a quick turnaround to get the bad memory of a bad night washed out is one of the main ones. It isn’t like football or basketball where you may have to wait up to a week to redeem yourself.

This past weekend is why I love what I do. The best thing about covering sports and being a broadcaster at Ball State is being able to travel with the teams and build those relationships you will cherish and have for the rest of your life.

I get an up close, behind-the-scenes view that no one else gets the pleasure of viewing. If you are looking for a school to come to in order to be a sports broadcaster, look no further than Ball State.

Good news for me is this is only weekend number one. I’m looking forward to round two with the team next weekend in Lynchburg, Va. The weather won’t be as nice as Florida, but the company is what matters.

My love and passion for the game of baseball resurfaced this past weekend and I am excited to see where it goes next. Can’t thank the Ball State baseball team enough for the hospitality!

How about we win four more next weekend, boys?

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About Ball State Sports Link and Digital Sports Production: 
In 2013-14, Ball State University is the first school in the nation to offer a degree in Digital Sports Production through the Department of Telecommunications. Digital Sports Production is an interactive learning experience combined with an immersive learning project, Ball State Sports Link.

Ball State Sports Link and DSP specializes in multiple areas: live sports TV productions, studio shows, television programs, student-athlete features and webcasts. Other areas of the center include radio, social media and imedia. You can follow SL on Twitter @bsusportslink and see all the student work on Facebook, just search Ball State Sports Link.

The Next Step?

By: Ben Johnston | Ball State Sports Link
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My name is Ben Johnston.  I am a senior at Ball State University majoring in Telecommunications with a focus in Video Production.  Being a senior, the one thing that has been on my mind since the beginning of the year is … Graduation.

With graduation slowly approaching, so many things have been going through my mind.  Will find a job and when?  Have I prepared myself for what comes after college?

I have been thinking about was my time at Ball State,  and how I feel that it has taught me a lot not only for my major, but also in life too.  It has also given me many opportunities to find out what it is I truly want to do with the rest of my life.   I have learned a lot about who I am as a person by the people — and the activities —  I have interacted with through my time here at school.   A few things I have been a part of include the Ball State University Singers, which is a glee club on campus.  With this I have been in it for about three years.

The biggest opportunity Ball State has given to me was the chance to get into the world of sports media and really find my passion for digital storytelling.  I got this opportunity by being a part of the immersive learning program called Ball State Sports Link.  I first found out about Sports Link because my older brother, Rick, who was a part of the program when it first started at Ball State.

But when I first came to Ball State, I never intended to be in the TCOM program or Sports Link.

I originally wanted to be in the music technology department and become a music producer.  But after being denied into the department, I talked it over with some friends and others who knew what I wanted to do.  They told me about the TCOM department and how I could do what I wanted to do in that area as well.  After looking through classes and options, I started to find something I never thought I would be interested in doing.

As I began going through the classes and getting more involved with Sports Link, the more being a music producer started to become a figment of my imagination.  Then I started with my production classes the beginning of my sophomore year and started to see things in a completely new way.

At the beginning of the second semester, I became a member of Sports Link.  I started seeing what Sports Link really and was assigned my first story.  This story was shot and edited all by myself.  It opened up an entire new vision of what I wanted to do with my life and what I would want to do as a job.  My true passion started for editing and creating stories about who an athlete is, and telling their story about what makes them more than just a student-athlete.

After being in Sports Link for about three years, I have learned so much about video production —  how to tell a story in a way that makes it unique and something that people want to know more about.

Now, being a second semester senior,  it has been an interesting road to graduation.  When I say interesting, I mean it is something I never thought would happen.  For the longest time, I thought about what I was going to do after I graduated college.  Now that it has come, I have been thinking about how I have prepared myself for this time.

As the job hunt begins, it has made me have a small worry about where I will find a job — and if I will find one at all.  But, the one thing that has helped make me a bit calmer has been the experience I have learned through Sports Link.

Now it’s time for “The Next Step”.

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About Ball State Sports Link and Digital Sports Production:
In 2013, Ball State University is the first school in the nation to offer a degree in Digital Sports Production through the Department of Telecommunications.  Digital Sports Production is an interactive learning experience combined with an immersive learning project, Ball State Sports Link.  

Ball State Sports Link and DSP specializes in multiple areas:  live sports TV productions, studio shows, television programs, student-athlete features and webcasts. Other areas of the center include radio, social media and imedia.  

You can follow SL on Twitter @bsusportslink and see all the student work on Facebook, just search Ball State Sports Link.

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