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Sports Link Offers FREE Virtual Camps June 8-11

Ball State Sports Link, the nation’s first digital sports production academic program, has moved its annual Summer Workshop Series into a virtual setting due to the COVID19 global pandemic.

The virtual camp is slated to run nightly June 8 -11 at 6:30 p.m. ET, with Sports Link instructors, alumni and industry professionals. Sessions include storytelling, play-by-play, hype videos and content creation.

Rising high school students (to-be freshmen through seniors) with an interest in sports media and production are encouraged to join us for these FREE nightly workshops.

High school educators are also encouraged and welcome for any nightly session.

This virtual workshop will be conducted entirely online and students can register for any individual night, multiple nights or all four sessions.

All experience levels are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Students and teachers who register will also get access to an exclusive “listen and learn” series of three 45-minute podcasts on leadership, sports broadcasting and live event production.


Monday, June 8
Big Pictures: The Landscape of Sports Production

A look at sports media and production today and its impact impact on athletes, teams and future professionals.

What are current trends in the digital space and broadcast production? For students, what skills should I be learning and why?  For educators, what should I be teaching in the classroom?

Presenters:
Brandon Costa, Director of Digital, Sports Video Group


Barney Carleton, Senior Manager of Media Operations & Technology, NBA


Instructors:
Chris Taylor, Senior Director, Ball State Sports Link

Alex Kartman, Director, Ball State Sports Link
Brad Dailey, Assistant Director, Ball State Sports Link


Tuesday, June 9
Story Talks: More Than A Voice

There’s a reason every episode of The Last Dance captivated sports fans across the country — the story. To capture your audiences’ eyes, ears and hearts, you have to craft a story, both in your feature videos and calling a game. Learn how to ask quality questions and how to focus your play-by-play  to tell the best story possible.

Pat Boylan
Jack Kizer

Presenters:
Jack Kizer, Broadcaster, Dayton Dragons/ESPN+


Pat Boylan, Broadcaster, Indiana Pacers/Fever

Instructors:
Chris Taylor, Senior Director, Ball State Sports Link

Alex Kartman, Director, Ball State Sports Link
Brad Dailey, Assistant Director, Ball State Sports Link


Wednesday, June 10
From Concept To Creation: Hype Videos

Across social media and arena big screens, to broadcast teases and show opens, flashy hype videos for your favorite teams require creative concepts to capture your attention. Learn how to develop a style, setup the shoot, and direct athletes to create a memorable product.

Josh Blessing

Presenters:
Josh Blessing, Editor & Producer, Elite Edge Productions

Instructors:
Chris Taylor, Senior Director, Ball State Sports Link

Alex Kartman, Director, Ball State Sports Link
Brad Dailey, Assistant Director, Ball State Sports Link


Thursday, June 11
From Concept To Creation: Representing Your Team

To fully develop quality content you have to create scenes to continually capture the audience’s interest. You also have to represent your team and brand.  Learn how to construct a strong scene through visuals, metaphors, and structure.

Erinn Casey
Zac Miklusak

Presenters:
Erinn Casey, Digital Video Coordinator, Chicago White Sox

Zac Miklusak, Video Producer, Carolina Hurricanes 

Instructors:
Chris Taylor, Senior Director, Ball State Sports Link

Alex Kartman, Director, Ball State Sports Link
Brad Dailey, Assistant Director, Ball State Sports Link


Bonus “Listen & Learn” Podcasts For Registered Participants

Veteran sports broadcaster and Fox Sports announcer Vince Welch

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.

Host: Jack Kizer, Dayton Dragons/Ball State Sports Link
Guest: Vince Welch, FOX Sports

Ball State Football Coach Mike Neu

What Makes A Great Teammate and Leader?
Ball State Head Coaches and Administrators share a unique perspective on characteristics of quality leaders and teammates, plus share advice on working with the media.

Host: Mick Tidrow, BEK Sports Network
Guests: Mike Neu, Head Football Coach
Kelli Miller Phillips, Head Women’s Volleyball Coach
Haven Fields, Deputy Athletics Director

Producing Sports: From Social Media To ESPN
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.

Host: Alex Kartman, Director of Digital Sports Production & Associate Lecturer of Telecommunications
Guests: Emily Barker, USA Gymnastics & Former Producer/Director, Tupelo Raycom Sports
Alex Seitz, Producer/Director, University Media Services/ESPN
Seena Greiwe, Senior, Ball State Sports Link, NCAA, NFL


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