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Journalism has never been more exciting. It is an industry that is changing rapidly, and change means opportunity. The traditional lines between print, broadcast,

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and Web news are blurring—the medium no longer defines stories or those who tell them. 

Ball State University, a leader in journalism and emerging media, has revamped its journalism and telecommunications/ broadcast courses to prepare students for jobs in all types of multimedia journalism.

Developed to address industry needs and shaped with input from editors and news directors around the country, our Emerging Media Journalism program prepares students to become journalism leaders throughout their careers by:

  • Challenging students to determine the best way to tell each story. Our faculty stress analytical thinking, continuous learning, and nimbleness and flexibility in story delivery.

    Juli Metzger, '84, '89 MS, former executive editor/digital and custom content, The Indianapolis Star

    Jason Whitlock, '90, national writer, Foxsports.com

    Mike Lopresti, '75, national sports reporter/columnist, Gannett News Service

    Our courses focus on journalism fundamentals as well as the latest technology. Innovative modular-type courses of five-, 10- and 15-weeks (at one, two, and three credit hours each, respectively) allow students to focus on a specific media platform or subject area as well as allow faculty to adjust the curriculum as technology and professional practice evolve. Students build skills in all areas: gathering, writing, and disseminating news and information across multiple platforms including visual (stills and video), audio, and graphics reporting.
  • Beginning professional fundamentals right away. Students begin news classes their first semester on campus, giving them more time to master a broader range of storytelling skills and learn how to produce timely, well-crafted stories without compromising accuracy or fairness. This is a change from the historically accepted practice in undergraduate journalism programs across the country, which was to focus journalism education on the last two years of study while the first two years were dedicated to a core liberal arts curriculum.
  • Integrating classroom lessons with student media experience—another break from historically accepted practice in undergraduate journalism programs across the country. Once separate, now student media will be infused into the course work, allowing aspiring journalists to hone their skills in state-of-the-art, leading-edge facilities in the David Letterman Communication and Media Building, the Art and Journalism Building, and the Ball Communication Building.
  • Jump-starting careers with real-world assignments and experience. Students participate in immersive learning projects that may include covering politics at the Indiana Statehouse or Hoosier artists in New York. Students land top internships at newspapers, magazines, broadcast stations, and Web sites throughout the country. We’ve done more than change or add a course here and there. We started from scratch, challenging ourselves to answer: what knowledge and skills do journalists need today and in the future? How can we best prepare our students for a career as a journalist?

Faculty members from both the journalism and telecommunications departments came together to define a unified core philosophy and then worked to establish the revamped core journalistic curriculum, now referred to as the emerging media journalism curriculum, as well as the four areas of specialization or tracks: news, graphics, magazine, and photography. All students in the emerging media journalism program experience the same core benefits to our change in curriculum, challenging them to be excellent storytellers; areas of specialization or tracks allow them to focus their path in an area of their individual choosing.

Our changes reflect Ball State's technology-rich culture and build on past innovative work of the faculty in the Departments of Journalism and Telecommunications, who have led the way in teaching news convergence and developing content for small screen devices. The university's Emerging Media Initiative, a planned $17.7 million investment, focuses the university's historic strengths in this area, accelerating benefits to the state of Indiana with media-savvy human capital.