Topic: College of Communication Information and Media

May 17, 2007

For the second consecutive year, Ball State's J-Ideas project has won a Silver Telly award for an educational DVD.

"A First Amendment Guide for Principals and Administrators" was produced by J-Ideas, the university's organization created to promote the First Amendment, media literacy and encourage student media in high schools, and Joseph McKinney, chairman of the educational leadership department.

The DVD is needed to help school administrators better understand First Amendment activities, which have been overlooked or abandoned in many schools, said Warren Watson, J-Ideas director.

The Telly Awards honor the best local, regional and cable television commercials and programs, as well as the finest video and film productions.

The DVD, the fifth installment of J-Ideas educational series, was produced with assistance from McKinney, the educational leadership department and Ball State's Teleplex. The next J-Ideas DVD will focus on media ethics.

Established in 2003, J-Ideas is designed to raise First Amendment appreciation, promote media literacy and encourage student media in high schools. It is affiliated with Ball State's journalism department and the College of Communication, Information, and Media.

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