Each year more than 1,300 TCOM majors and minors prepare for exciting careers in industries such as broadcast, corporate media, emerging electronic media, motion picture, and multimedia. Twenty-six unbelievably accomplished professors teach in our four program options: film and media studies, news, digital production, and sales and promotion. There are also many student organizations that provide you with opportunities, such as anchoring a newscast or working on a movie set that most students don’t get until, well . . . until they’re not students anymore. If you’re already sporting a BA, BS, or BFA, we also offer a master of arts degree in telecommunications with a digital storytelling emphasis.
The TCOM department is getting noticed on many levels. Our broadcasting program was recognized by media critic Leonard Mogel as one of the top eight broadcasting programs in the country. The Indiana Association of School Broadcasters (IASB) has deemed us TV School of the Year for several years. Ball State has won 43 regional Emmy Awards and racked up 114 nominations, brought home two consecutive Student Academy Awards, and received a number of other honors from the Society of Professional Journalists, the College Sports Video Summit, and the Broadcast Education Association.
TCOM majors and minors can compete for a number of scholarships and awards, including The Letterman Telecommunications Scholarships, which are awarded on the basis of creative endeavor rather than grades. Each semester students also have the opportunity to compete for the Steve Bell News Packaging Award, a grant awarded to the student reporter or team that has provided the best news packages for our multiple newscasts. Students may also apply for the Molly Dailey Internship Awards that allow students to pursue out-of-state internships.
With our state-of-the-art equipment and facilities including the new David Letterman Communication and Media Building, TCOM students have access to what they will find once they are working in the industry (and in some instances better than industry standard). These transforming experiences give our TCOM graduates an advantage over other potential employees.
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