Mary Spillman

Mary Spillman

Associate Professor of Journalism

Phone:765-285-1072

Room:AJ 399


About Mary Spillman

 

Mary Spillman is an Associate Professor, coordinator of the News concentration, 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 and editorial cartooning in the early 20th century. Her work has been published in the Newspaper Research Journal, Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Visual Communication Quarterly and Journal of Media Education.

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. She teaches a variety of courses in the News Concentration such as Specialized Story Form Strategies, Journalistic Storytelling and Immersion: Arts, Entertainment and Culture.

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.

 

Professional Experience 

 

  • Associate Professor, July 2012 – present, (tenured in 2013), Ball State University
  • Assistant Professor, August 2006 – June 2012, Ball State University
  • Instructor, August 2002 – May 2006, Ball State University
  • Instructor, August 1991 – May 1995, Ball State University
  • Associate Instructor, School of Journalism, 1987–1991, Indiana University
  • Managing Editor, TheIndyChannel.com, WRTV, Indianapolis (IBS)
  • Broadcast Editor, The Associated Press, Indianapolis
  • Program Director, News Director, WAJC-FM, Indianapolis
  • Public Information Officer, Public Service Commission, Indianapolis
  • Reporter, WRTV, Indianapolis

Education

 

  • M.S., Butler University, Major: Radio-Television
  • B.S., Butler University, Major: Radio-Television

Selected Research and Publications

 

  • Spillman, M.M., Sparks, J.V., & Kuban, A.J. (2019). The use of comprehensive exit exams in program assessment: Benefits, challenges & best practices. Journal of Media Education.
  • Spillman, M. M. (2018). Capstone and portfolio assessment with rubrics: Challenges and benefits. Journal of Media Education.
  • Spillman, M.M. (2017). Using Survey Data in Program Assessment: Promise, Pitfalls and Process. Journal of Media Education.
  • Spillman, M. M., Kuban, A. J., Smith, S. J. (2017). Words Du Jour: An Analysis of Traditional and Transitional Course Descriptors at Select J-Schools. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator.
  • Spillman, M.M. (2016) Assessing Student Learning Using Program Rubrics and Blackboard. Journal of Media Education.
  • Spillman, M. M. (2014). Journalistic Blogs: Should There Be Standards? In From Twitter to Tahrir Square: Ethics in Social and New Media Communication. Santa Barbara, Calif:Praeger.
  • Dailey, L., Spillman, M. M. (2013). Newspapers Form Partnerships with More Than Television Stations. Newspaper Research Journal.
  • Spillman, M. M., Palilonis, J. A. (2013). Storytelling with Interactive Graphics: An Analysis of Editors’ Attitudes and Practices. Visual Communication Quarterly.
  • Palilonis, J. A., Spillman, M. M. (2011). Interactive Graphics Development (IGD):  A Framework for Studying Innovative Visual Story Forms. Visual Communication Quarterly.
  • Dailey, L., Demo, L., Spillman, M. M. (2009). The Convergence Continuum Revisited: The Web’s Impact on Newspaper-Television Partnerships. Newspaper Research Journal.
  • Dailey, L., Demo, L., Spillman, M. M. (2008). Newspaper Political Blogs Generate Little Interaction. Newspaper Research Journal.
  • Dailey, L., Demo, L., Spillman, M. M. (2005). Most TV Partners at Cross Promotion Stage. Newspaper Research Journal.
  • Dailey, L., Spillman, M. M., Demo, L. (2005). The Convergence Continuum: A Model for Studying Collaboration Between Media Newsrooms. Atlantic Journal of Communication.

Honors and Awards (select)

 

  • Broadcast Educators Association, First Place Research Paper, News Division, 2020.
  • Broadcast Educators Association, First Place Research Paper, Curriculum, Assessment & Administration Division, 2015.
  • Broadcast Educators Association, First Place Research Paper, News Division, 2013.
  • AEJMC, Top Faculty Paper, Visual Communication Division, 2012.
  • Broadcast Educators Association, First Place Research Paper, News Division, 2009.
  • AEJMC, Top Faculty Research Paper, Newspaper Division, 2007.
  • Broadcast Educators Association, First Place Research Paper, Debut Category, News Division, 2005.

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Specialized Story Fo 233 801 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Specialized Story Fo 233 802 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE