For more than 60 years, the Department of Journalism has guided future journalists long before they enter college. Our faculty are driven to instill the fundamentals of this vital profession through fun, hands-on workshops and competitions for middle and high school students interested in journalism.

The best part? Our workshops also involve secondary student journalism advisers and teachers, so that your entire staff comes together to learn technical expertise and trends together—as a team. This collaborative approach has produced results, as most of our participants gain recognition for the innovative storytelling and cross-platform approaches they learn during these programs.

Summer Media Academy

Student journalists and advisers are invited to attend this five-day workshop at Ball State that outfits you with skills and expertise to hit the ground running when the school resumes in the fall. Through innovative approaches and hands-on technological instruction, expert faculty share the latest trends in broadcast, web, news, yearbook, social media, mobile journalism and more.

What’s Included

  • new five-day format
  • affordable tuition (includes air-conditioned housing, all classes, T-shirt)
  • team-taught, staff-focused, and leadership-driven curriculum
  • interaction with award-winning faculty
  • innovative daily schedule
  • special adviser course
  • cutting-edge technology and facilities

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Ball State’s annual Journalism Day, or J-Day, draws more than 1,000 student journalists and their advisers to campus for a day of informative sessions and journalism-related activities. Faculty and industry leaders provide students with valuable feedback about their work, submitted in a range of categories that span newspaper, yearbook, online, and broadcast journalism.

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We want to recognize your work all year! Submit entries in a range of journalistic categories from the first through the last day of each month, and winners will be announced by the 15th of the following month. 

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