The Center for Innovation in Media, better known around campus as, the CIM, is home to Middle Tennessee State University student media and a professional National Public Radio station.
The CIM houses Sidelines, an editorially independent daily digital and mobile news site and monthly printed newspaper, MT10 and MT10 News, a television station that produces five student newscasts each week and a variety of entertainment programming, WMTS 88.3 FM, a student run radio station with music, news and talk and Match Records, a student run record label that helps develop, record and promote signed musicians.
The Center is also the home of WMOT 89.5 FM, a professional NPR station with news, talk, jazz and other music programming. WMOT is produced by professional radio staff and a group of MTSU journalism students.
In addition to student and professional media, the CIM is a place of innovation and exploration in media. Through partnerships and creative teamwork the CIM helps create mobile apps, data visualizations, data bases, websites, video projects and other media.
The CIM is a part of the College of Mass Communication and is located on the first floor of the Bragg Mass Communication building.
Val Hoeppner is the director of the CIM. Hoeppner has worked in digital, mobile and multi-platform journalism for more than 15 years. Hoeppner was multimedia director at the Indianapolis Star and later worked at the John Seigenthaler Center in Nashville as the director of education for the Diversity Institute. Hoeppner is also a well known media strategist and trainer, working with companies throughout the United States. She is an instructor for MTSU, the Poynter Institute, the Newseum Institute, Native American Journalism Fellowship, and APME News Train.
Hoeppner is the director of Innovation J-Camp and will be the lead instructor July 13-17, 2015.