Associate Professor of Journalism
Mary Spillman is an associate professor, coordinator of the News concentration, director of the Journalism Writing Center and chair of the assessment committee for the Department of Journalism.
Spillman’s scholarly publications center on curriculum, collaborative teaching and learning, new media and cross-media partnerships. She and her research partners created the Convergence Continuum, a widely cited model used to assess the level of cooperation among newspaper and television newsrooms in the first part of the 21st century. She was the co-developer of the Interactive Graphic Development Framework, designed to standardize definitions and study non-linear storytelling. Spillman also has studied the history and effectiveness of blogs in engaging newspaper audiences. Her work has been published in the Newspaper Research Journal, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator and Visual Communication Quarterly.
She was a national finalist for the 2011 Scripps Howard Foundation Journalism & Mass Communication Teacher of the Year Award and has been a principal investigator on grants totaling nearly $750,000.
Spillman worked as an editor for The Associated Press in Indianapolis and as the first managing editor of TheIndyChannel.com. She also was a radio and TV reporter at numerous commercial stations in Indianapolis as well as the program director of a public radio station in that market.