Chris Flook teaches multimedia and video production in the Ball State Department of Telecommunications. Before joining Ball State, Flook spent seven years producing short documentaries and editing television spots at Indiana Films, an east central Indiana postproduction house. He is also an experienced Web designer whose former clients include the Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities, where he handled Web development for Building a Nation, funded by a Department of Education grant, and Project Zhongwen, a Foreign Language Assistance Program.
Terry Heifetz is an instructor of telecommunications who teaches news writing, reporting, and producing. He also is the news director of Indiana Public Radio, guiding a staff of student and professional reporters who provide news to 18 Indiana counties. Heifetz previously held management and producing positions at CNBC, The Weather Channel, WRTV-TV and WISH-TV in Indianapolis, WFTS-TV in Tampa and WPTA-TV in Fort Wayne, Indiana. He also was the original managing editor for NewsLink Indiana, Ball State’s immersive learning newsroom.
Rod Smith teaches audio and video in the Ball State Department of Telecommunications, where he received his master of arts in digital storytelling. Since 1996, he has been the owner of Da Capo Productions, a multimedia advertising and production company serving clients across the United States. He has worked as a mastering engineer for Cinram Inc., a quality control technician for Walt Disney Records, an audio journalist for an international company in the fire suppression industry, and a musician and composer. He holds a bachelor of music degree in music technology.
Suzy Smith is an assistant professor of telecommunications and her teaching and research centers on multimedia journalism and its delivery across multiple platforms. Smith spent 24 years in professional media as a senior producer at CNN.com and The Weather Channel, a supervising producer at CNN/Sports Illustrated and a producer at CNN Sports. At Ball State, Smith is part of the iMedia project a team of faculty members and students who are developing news applications for cell phones. She also is involved in Sports Link, an immersive sports production program. She holds a master's degree from Georgia State University and a bachelor's from Central Michigan University.
Michael Spillman is the assistant chair of the Department of Telecommunications at Ball State University, where he teaches courses in media law and policy, and media history. His doctoral course work at Indiana University focused on regulation of political advertising content. He holds a master's degree from Butler University. Spillman's professional experience includes management positions in broadcast operations. He also was the general manager of a home video retail chain.
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