Sports Link To Host MIC Network High School Day; Vince Welch Keynote

Ball State Alum and FOX Sports broadcaster Vince Welch will keynote a high school sports media workshop on campus Monday, Feb. 3 hosted by the nation’s first digital sports production program, Ball State Sports Link.

Ball State head football coach Mike Neu, women’s volleyball head coach Kelli Miller Phillips and Deputy Athletics Director Haven Fields will highlight the morning session with a session on what makes a great teammate and leader.

An extension of Sports Link’s high school workshops and seminars, 75-plus students from the Metro Interscholastic Conference (Warren Central, Center Grove, North Central, Pike, Carmel, Ben Davis, Lawrence North, Lawrence Central) and the MIC Network, will be gather for a day of learning and interaction in Ball State’s College of Communication, Information, and Media.

Sessions include pathways to college, an introduction to the Department of Telecommunications and afternoon workshops on live sports production, storytelling and social media brand.

The panels will be hosted in Ball State Studio A in the Ball Communications Building. Studio A is one of the largest installed virtual studios in the country.


9:15 a.m. Welcome and Opening Remarks
Presenter: Paaige Turner, Dean of the College of Communication, Information, and Media

9:30 a.m. Pathways To College
Find your passion and purpose at Ball State. Our innovative programs will give you access to professional experiences and advanced technology from day one, and your degree will be valued by employers.
Presenter: Danny Schwenk, Assistant Director of Admissions

10:00 a.m. What Makes A Great Teammate and Leader?
Ball State Head Coaches and Administrators will share a unique perspective on characteristics of quality leaders and teammates, plus share advice on working with the media.
Moderator: Mick Tidrow, Ball State Sports Link/Learfield IMG College
Panel: Mike Neu, Head Football Coach
Kelli Miller Phillips, Head Women’s Volleyball Coach
Haven Fields, Deputy Athletics Director

10:45 a.m. Walking Tour of College of Communication, Information, and Media
Explore Ball State’s studios, centralized fibered ESPN control room, Unified Media Lab and more with a Sports Link student-led tour through our College.

11:30 a.m. Lunch in The Atrium
Whether you want a custom-made salad, pizza, burrito bowl, or vegan burger, you can find it here. The Atrium is home to two of Ball State’s six national brands, Papa John’s and Chick-fil-A Express


12:30 p.m. Welcome To TCOM
Welcome to one of the nation’s best communications schools. The Department of Telecommunications and the variety of options from News to Sports, Production to Film, our department offers.
Presenter: Mike Spillman, Chair of the Dept. of Telecommunications

12:45 p.m. What is Ball State Sports Link?
An introduction to Ball State Sports Link, a national leader in digital sports production at Ball State. From live event production for ESPN platforms, to radio broadcasts, to feature stories, learn why the story still wins.
Presenter: Chris Taylor, Senior Director of Digital Sports Production & Lecturer of Telecommunications

1:15 p.m. Sports Broadcasting: More Than A Voice — FOX Sports Vince Welch
As the demand for sports media production and unique content grows, so too does the need for talented people trained to share information in an entertaining and skillful manner. In front of a camera or behind-the mic, sports broadcasting is more than a voice.
Moderator: Jack Kizer, Ball State Sports Link
Guest: Vince Welch, FOX Sports

2:00 p.m. Producing Sports: From Social Media To ESPN Studio A
Break through the noise, and cut through the clutter. In a landscape oversaturated with linear and digital sports content, learn how paying strategic attention to both a unique visual and storytelling approach will elevate your content above the rest.
Moderator: Alex Kartman, Director of Digital Sports Production & Lecturer of Telecommunications
Panel: Emily Barker, Producer/Director, Tupelo Raycom Sports
Alex Seitz, Producer/Director, University Media Services/ESPN
Seena Greiwe, Senior, Ball State Sports Link, NCAA, NFL

Author: Chris Taylor

Senior Director of Ball State Sports Link & Digital Sports Production | Lecturer of Telecommunications | 2019 Dean's Faculty Award Winner | 2017 Recipient of SVG College Sports Summit Pioneer Award | Storyteller | Producer | Emmy Award Winner | Sports Media Junkie | Social Media Strategist | Certified Bob Ross® Instructor | Country Music Enthusiast | Goldendoodle Owner | Follow me on Twitter @BallStateCT

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