Emerging Media Journalism Courses

Faculty for Emerging Media Journalism Certificate

Flook_ChrisChris 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.

George Palilonis_JenniferJennifer George-Palilonis is the George and Frances Ball distinguished professor of multimedia journalism and journalism graphics sequence coordinator. She teaches multimedia storytelling, information graphics reporting and communications design in the Ball State Department of Journalism. Before joining Ball State, George-Palilonis was the deputy news design editor at the Chicago Sun-Times and a news designer at the Detroit Free Press. She is also a media design consultant and affiliate for Garcia Media Global Group, and she has worked on the redesigns of more than 25 publications across the country, including The Journal Gazette (Fort Wayne, Indiana) and The Press Herald (Portland, Maine). She holds a master's degree from Ball State in composition and rhetoric and a bachelor's degree from Ball State in journalism graphics.

Heifetz_TerryTerry 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.

King_BradBrad King is an assistant professor and Emerging Media Initiative Fellow with the Ball State Center for Media Design. He teaches magazine writing, news writing, media ethics, digital storytelling, and social media in the Department of Journalism. Before joining the university, King was the editor and producer for MIT's Technology Review.com, the online news operation for Technology Review magazine, and Wired.com's first multimedia reporter. He is the coauthor of Dungeons and Dreamers: The Rise of Computer Gaming from Geek to Chic and the editor for Bunker Hill Extreme: How Seven Days in the Cold, Rain, and Mud Changed a Community. He sits on the advisory boards for South by Southwest Interactive and Carnegie Mellon's Entertainment Technology Center Press. He holds a master's degree in journalism with an emphasis on new media from the University of California at Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism and a bachelor's degree from Miami (Ohio) University.
PriceTomThomas Price is the photojournalism sequence coordinator at Ball State University, one of the top programs in the country. During a 21-year career as a photographer, picture editor, and director of photography at The News-Press in Fort Myers, Florida, Price was recognized by the Robert Kennedy Journalism Awards (Grand Prize and First Prize print); the National Headliners Awards; Best of Gannett; Associated Press Managing Editors; National Press Photographers Association; Florida Society of Newspaper Editors; and the Florida Press Club. His work has been published in more than 40 international, national, and regional publications.

Smith_RodneyRod 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.

Smith_SuzieSuzy 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.  

Sparrow_RyanRyan Sparrow is an instructor in the Department of Journalism where he teaches graphic design and upper-level multimedia production and interactivity. Before joining the Ball State faculty, Sparrow was an award-winning page designer, photographer, and editor at newspapers in Indiana, Kentucky, and Florida. He is a consultant to media organizations and nonprofit agencies. He holds a master’s degree from Ball State and a bachelor of arts from Franklin College (Indiana).
Spillman_MaryMary Spillman is an assistant professor of journalism at Ball State University, where she also is the program director of the digital media minor. Her research interests include media history and digital storytelling. Her most recent publications center on the study of editorial partnerships between newspapers and television stations, and on collaborative teaching and learning. She earned her master's degree from Butler University in radio-television and completed doctoral courses in journalism at Indiana University. Spillman previously worked as an editor for The Associated Press in Indianapolis and as the managing editor of TheIndyChannel.com, the Web site for the ABC television affiliate in Indianapolis. She also was a reporter at several radio and television stations in central Indiana.

Spillman_MichaelMichael 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.

Strauss_JohnJohn Strauss teaches journalism at Ball State University and serves as advisor to the student-run Ball State Daily News. He's a former AP correspondent and editor in Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky, and New York City who came to Ball State after three years at The Indianapolis Star as a digital news and multimedia editor. Strauss also previously worked in local television as a reporter and anchor.
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David Letterman Communication and Media Building (LB), Room 131
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

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