More than 18,000 magazines in the United States cover every subject—which means that if you choose magazine journalism, you will have a wealth of interesting career choices. Our magazine track includes courses introducing you to magazine writing, editing, design, management and the magazine industry in general. You'll also gain knowledge and experience in digital media, online audio and video production, media law and media ethics.
Ball State is one of 20 American universities—and the only one in Indiana—with a full-fledged magazine journalism program. The magazine track has been in place for more than three decades and is continually updated to keep pace with new technology and changing industry needs.
Choose this track and you’ll begin with an introductory course focusing on the industry on techniques of writing and reporting unique to magazines. As you move on, you'll learn the in-depth research techniques needed to write longer, more complex stories. In the magazine management course, you'll learn about the production process of magazines and some of the largest publishing companies. And you’ll benefit greatly from the chance to work with our award-winning Ball Bearings print and online magazine, which has earned more than 50 awards in the last two years.
As a magazine student, you should explore electives that further your knowledge of subject areas you're most interested in. Pick the right minor and you could become a marketable specialist in fashion design, sports, health/nutrition, music, religion, business, law, entertainment—any area of interest to you covered by special interest magazines.
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