Our professionals-in-residence program brings in leading national figures from journalism, advertising, and public relations to deliver lectures, visit classes, critique portfolios and more.

Each semester you’ll have access to five to seven professionals-in-residence, sponsored by the college or the department. In 2013-2014, professionals-in-residence included:

  • Michael Rogers, columnist and former futurist-in-residence for The New York Times
  • Merrie Spaeth, president of Spaeth Communications
  • Gene Policinski, senior vice president and executive director of The First Amendment Center
  • Sisi Wei, ProPublica news applications developer
  • Joe Mandese, editor-in-chief of Media magazine and MediaPost online
  • Tom LoBianco, Associated Press correspondent
  • Luke Britt, public access counselor for the State of Indiana
  • Eric Kelly, winner of the Pulliam National Writing Award
  • Eric King Watts, media scholar and author 

Alumni Panelists

We also invite alumni to campus to share their experiences, perspectives, and advice. In 2013-2014, we featured two panels of graduates. These alumni discussed the school-to-career transition and how to make the most of your time on campus:

  • Dawn Araugo, freelance religion reporter
  • Chris Jones, reporter at the Stevens Point Journal
  • Ben Luttrull, director of marketing and social media for Bob's Gym and Fitness Center
  • Kim Maxwell Vu, art director at The Washington Post
  • Josh Peckler, photographer
  • Cory Schneider, account manager at Young & Laramore
  • Megan Skelly, public relations coordinator at OrthoIndy and Indiana Orthopedic Hospital
  • Susan Westrick, marketing account executive for Vera Bradley 

Alumni of our graduate programs came to campus this past academic year to share the ways in which advanced study can contribute to career development or career change. Panelists included:

  • John Blair, founder and president, Valley Watch, Inc.
  • Nancy Green, executive director for external relations, Ivy Tech Community College
  • Juli Metzger, Ball State coordinator of Unified Media
  • Lori Rader-Day, director of communications, Northwestern University School of Communication
  • Scott Zimmerman, City Planner, Richmond, Indiana

Professional Advisory Councils

Each of our major sequences has a advisory council composed of dedicated alumni and practicing professionals. These councils help track important trends in journalism and strategic communications, provide advice on curriculum development, and build our network with influential professionals who will be important to your career.  Council members combine class visits and guest lectures with their visits to campus giving you opportunities to meet them.