Department of Journalism

Journalism: Why Ball State

Others talk about keeping up with changes in media.

We embrace change, and we prepare you to lead the way in media transformation. Our faculty and students take risks, innovate, and adapt. We embrace and explore the challenges created by media convergence, the mobile revolution, and blurring boundaries of media platforms and content formats.

We believe you should enter your career path already experienced and confident. To that end, we offer not only high-quality classroom instruction but also a broad range of student agency and student media experiences. We require that you have at least one professional internship before graduating, and that you engage in at least one immersive learning opportunity.

Other reasons to choose Ball State for advertising, journalism, or public relations:

Alberto Learn how Alberto Pimienta '12, News major, landed a job as a national/international TV reporter for the Spanish branch of Voice of America in D.C.

Recognition

Students and faculty in the Department of Journalism are driven to excel. We aren't in it for the glory—but it’s satisfying when someone notices. We are frequent award winners, so much so that the list of recent awards is simply too long to reproduce on this page. Here are some highlights:

  • The Ball State Daily News earns regular honors for excellence. Most recently, it won the Gold Crown award from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association in the hybrid print/online publication category. At the spring 2014 Indiana Collegiate Press Association meeting, the Daily News took home awards for Best Overall Design, Best Themed Issue, Best Sports Page, Best Photo Essay, Best Illustration, and Best Slideshow. Daily News advertising designers won first place awards for Best Electronic Display Ad, Best Design of Full-Color Display Ad, and Best Design of Black-and-White House Ad.
  • The online edition print magazine earned awards for Best Single Issue, Best News Story, Best Entertainment Feature and Best Sports Feature from the Indiana Collegiate Press Association. Ball Bearings Online earned Best Video, Best Animation/Interactive Graphic, and Best Audio Slideshow awards.
  • Our chapters of the American Advertising Federation and Public Relations Student Society of America regularly place highly in district and national competitions.

Accreditation

Ball State has been providing journalism and strategic communications education for more than 80 years. We have grown from a few classes into a large, accredited program through our long history.
Since 1979, we have been accredited by the international Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC). Our public relations major is certified by the Public Relations Society of America.

Facilities

Unified MediaOur philosophy is to provide you with the same professional experiences that you will encounter when you start your career. We know it’s important to provide the equipment, resources, and facilities for the hands-on education you need to be marketable. Our Unified Media Lab, Holden Strategic Communications Center, and computer labs and studios are second-to-none.

Take the next step

Interested in learning more? Contact us today to schedule your visit or to continue the conversation.

Department of Journalism
Art and Journalism Building (AJ), room 300
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Phone: 765-285-8200
Fax: 765-285-7997
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