Lecturer of Telecommunications and Director of Digital Sports Production
Alex Kartman joined the telecommunications department in 2013 as the Assistant Director of Digital Sports Production and Instructor of Telecommunications, teaching sports broadcasting and video production courses. Kartman is an award-winning storyteller and producer, specializing in video production and live event production. In 2015, he was promoted to Director of Digital Sports Production as the program continues to grow.
Kartman helps oversee the award-winning Ball State Sports Link program, as students produce content for Ball State Athletics and ESPN. Since 2015, all student-produced live sports events from the University's 40-foot HD Production truck and centralized control room will air on ESPN3 or ESPN+. Kartman also leads collaboration between Sports Link students and the NCAA, in which students create content for NCAA social media channels. In 2017, the Sports Link program overall was ranked No. 3 in the nation for top sports broadcasting schools by the Sportscasters Talent Agency of America. Since 2009, Sports Link students have won more than 100 national, regional and state awards, including six Regional Emmy Awards in Professional categories and 10 College Sports Media Awards.
Kartman brings years of experience in sports broadcasting to the department. He freelances as a producer, director, technical director, and audio on productions around the country. His work includes NBA regional TV, FOX Sports college basketball and US Open Golf, Big3 Basketball on CBS, Big Ten Network football and basketball, Tupelo Raycom productions of ESPN3 and NCAA.com events, and NBC Sports coverage of the Drake Relays. He traveled to the 2012 London Olympic Games with the Ball State at the Games immersive learning project, producing feature stories and vignettes on numerous Olympians. Kartman has worked with Ball State Sports Link as a student and a graduate assistant since 2009.
Kartman is a graduate of Ball State University with his Bachelors in Telecommunications and a Master's in Digital Storytelling.