Spectrum Project 1 - Instructors

Travis Bell

Position: 
Instructor, School of Mass Communications, USF

Travis Bell, who joined our faculty in 2012, is an Instructor in the School of Mass Communications. He teaches courses in the Multimedia Journalism undergraduate program with an emphasis on broadcast journalism, electronic field production, and sports media. Bell earned a M.S. in Sport Management from Florida State University and a B.A. in Radio/TV Broadcasting and a B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Central Florida. He worked nearly two decades in professional journalism, including 12 years in television news. Bell spanned news and sports as an anchor, reporter, and photographer. He spent eight years in top 20 market stations (WTSP and WESH) and was the first multimedia journalist hired at a network affiliate in the Tampa/St. Petersburg market. Bell remains connected in the multimedia industry as a freelance reporter and photographer for various regional networks. Bell’s research interests are in high school athletics, sports media broadcast contracts, and documentaries.

Steve Mutimer

Position: 
Broadcast Engineer

Steve Mutimer is a broadcast engineer and media lab manager for the USF Schoolof Mass Communications supervising all media lab personnel and video content produced by USF Mass Communications students. Mutimer designed and built the digital control room where the School’s most competitive “by invitation only” student newscast “Florida Focus” originates.

Mutimer provides senior undergraduate and graduate multimedia journalism students individual video work critiques and serves as the final quality control prior to student video reports are aired on WUSF-TV or published on WUSF’s website.

After graduating from USF in 1984 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Marketing, Mutimer started his professional career in cable. He directed both live and taped sports and entertainment programs throughout the 1980s and 1990s in Florida. During his career he’s also worked for small independent production companies as production manager overseeing all shots including freelance and regular staff.

Mutimer also worked at WEDU, the primary PBS affiliate in Tampa. There he edited a gardening show called “At Garden’s Gate,” which was distributed internationally. The show was shot on location and based out of Cypress Gardens. Mutimer also worked on a 5-year-long grant funded documentary program “Inventing Florida” editing the 90-minute documentary which still airs nationwide on various PBS affiliates.

After WEDU, Mutimer worked for Video Art Productions in Palm Harbor shooting and editing 30-minute programs covering sports. The shows focused on Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Tampa Bay Lightning and Tampa Bay Rays and were produced for Fox Sports and the Sunshine Network. He’s also freelanced for the Education Channel shooting and editing special programs featuring local artists called “Art off the Wall.”

Mutimer also serves as a judge for the Independents’ Film Festival in Tampa critiquing domestic and international entries in independent film, animation and documentary categories.

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