Thompson's work has been featured among the Best of American Sportswriting for the last several years Ball State Sports Link, the nation's first fully immersive sports media and production program, continues its strong relationship with the nation's top sports media professionals Monday with ESPN and ESPN.com senior writer Wright Thompson.and he is a regular to ESPN's longer features for SportsCenter, E:60 and ESPN Films.
Thompson's main responsibility at ESPN is producing in-depth, long-form stories. He recently traveled to Dhaka, Bangladesh, where he wrote a 10,000-plus word feature on the sport of cricket. Thompson also frequently reports from Augusta for The Masters.
Other recent pieces have included "Roll Tide, War Eagle" for ESPN Films, a feature on the breakup of the Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James plus a unique look at the game of soccer with the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
His long-feature productions are also Emmy winning. E:60 won its first Sports Emmy last year, in the Long Feature category for "Catfish Hunters," a piece by Thompson about fishing for catfish with bare hands.
Thompson has also received numerous National Journalism Awards and Scripps Howard Awards for human interest writing.
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During the semester, students will produce a broad range of media from live remote productions, live-to-tape events, television programs (WIPB-TV, Comcast Indiana, ESPN Networks, Fox Sports Net, Cardinal Vision 57), student-athlete features and webcasts. Other facets of the immersion program include radio, newspapers, podcasts and the use of mobile technology and interactivity via the web.
To maintain a focus on cross-platform promotion, students repackage the feature stories they create for local use at Ball State and send them to local news stations and outlets in the hometown of the featured player-on any platform the station may require.