College of Communication, Information, and Media


  • Ball State students and faculty have won 51 Emmys. Our honors also include two gold Student Academy Awards.  

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  • Sports Link, an immersive learning program that has produced content for Fox College Sports and NCAA March Madness Live, has won multiple Emmys and a 2011 College Sports Media Award.
  • Two student productions were honored at the 2013 international Accolade Competition. Visit Indiana received an Award of Excellence, and Muncie's Stewards: The Rebirth of the Old West End received an Award of Merit.
  • From their very first semester, students in the Department of Telecommunications receive hands-on experience with sophisticated audio and video equipment, including HD cameras.


  • The BSU Athletics App, the official app for interactive annual reports, media guides, and more for Ball State University sports, received a 2015 Best of the Festival King Foundation Award from the Broadcast Education Association. The app was developed by the Ball State Digital Publishing Studio in collaboration with Sports Link and Ball State Athletics. 
  • In 2014, our student-run newspaper, The Ball State Daily News, won its 10th Gold Crown Award for general excellence, the highest recognition from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association.
  • Ball Bearings, a student-run magazine and online publication, won a 2012 Online Pacemaker Award from Associated Collegiate Press and has been named a finalist in 2010 and 2011.
  • Our journalism graphics program is one of the leading programs of its type in the country.

Advertising and Public Relations

  • In 2012, Cardinal Communications, one of the nation’s first student-operated public relations and advertising agencies, was among about 30 student agencies in the country to be designated a National Affiliation Program with the Public Relations Student Society of America.
  • Our master's degree in public relations is the first graduate program in the nation to receive Certification in Education for Public Relations (CEPR) by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Our undergraduate public relations program was also recertified in 2011 as one of only 22 nationally certified programs in the country.

Communication Studies

  • Our debate team has a stellar record. 2012 marked the fifth consecutive year it won the overall team championship title at the National Education Debate Association (NEDA) tournament. In 2011, two of the three All-American Debaters were Ball State students. In 2010, a Ball State debater was the first undergraduate student in the country to receive the President's Award, an honor typically given to coaches or teams.
  • Our speech team won the 2013 national tournament of Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha (DSR-TKA) National Honorary Forensic Society. In 2014, Ball State was the only team in the country to capture three national titles at the American Forensics Association National Individual Events tournament; plus, it placed third at the National Comprehensive Tournament, sponsored by Pi Kappa Delta, and fourth at the National Forensic Association (NFA) national tournament. In addition, the team has won the Indiana state championship tournament nine times since 2005.