At Ball State, TCOM students don’t have to wait until they get into the "real world" to shoot their short film, make a sales pitch, produce a newscast, or host their own radio show. Students join our active organizations to hone skills learned in the classroom, have fun building their professional portfolios, and develop leadership skills.

Film and Television

BSU Tonight

“BSU Tonight” is a TV entertainment show formatted to appeal to college students and the general public. The objective is to produce high-quality programming and give you the training needed to excel in upper-level TCOM classes. The program airs on local public access cable channels. Learn more.

Cardinal Film Fights

Every other week, three “fighters” debate four questions pertaining to film and TV. Cardinal Film Fights strives to help students learn about different aspects of film through a diversified community of students who dream of becoming filmmakers someday. Learn more.

Cardinal Filmworks

Cardinal Filmworks is a student-run organization that operates similarly to a real-life, professional movie production company (but without the paychecks). Members create short films and videos that air on the organization’s public access television show, “Cardinal Filmworks Presents.” Various positions are open, regardless of film experience. Cardinal Filmworks is also responsible for the annual Frog Baby Film FestivalLearn more.

Cardinal Sports Live (CSL)

“Cardinal Sports Live” is a weekly television show that looks at Ball State intercollegiate and club sports from the unique perspectives of the show’s personalities, highlighting sporting events and featuring interviews with coaches and players. Each season, “Cardinal Sports Live” challenges a Ball State team or group of coaches to a game in their respective sport. Learn more.

Cardinal Vision

Cardinal Vision is Ball State's student-run television station, which offers you the chance to get behind the scenes or on camera. Cardinal Vision broadcasts news, sports, and entertainment shows, all produced by students. Cardinal Vision is also a part of the Open Student Television Network, linking colleges across the nation.

Connections Live

“Connections Live” is an Emmy Award-winning, student run, faculty-supervised, half-hour entertainment television magazine program shown on WIPB (Channel 49) and Cardinal Vision (Channel 57). You can participate as an anchor, sportscaster, reporter, producer, camera and board operator, lighting director, stage coordinator, and much more. It’s an excellent opportunity to obtain hands-on experience and skills. Learn more.

Fringed

This organization aims to enable a community of empowered collegiate women from all backgrounds who are interested in the field of telecommunications and to provide an environment for these women to experiment, create and network. In addition to creating episodic series and short student films, members will also be able to experience workshops, film competitions, film screenings and discussion, and speakers. Learn more.

Indiana Outdoors 

“Indiana Outdoors” is a half-hour public television nature show that highlights Indiana natural resources, historic sites, and recreational opportunities around the state through stories shot independently by students. Learn more.

NewsLink Indiana

“NewsLink Indiana” is Ball State’s Emmy Award-winning nightly newscast. Students perform every role, both on-camera and behind the scenes, for a live 9 p.m. newscast that reaches all of Delaware County via cable. NewsLink offers Ball State students opportunities to learn firsthand how to write, produce, shoot, edit, report, anchor, and begin building a portfolio of their work. No experience is required to get started with one of the nation's outstanding student news programs. Learn more.

Radio Television Digital News Association 

The world’s largest organization for broadcast and electronic journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association formed a chapter at Ball State in 1990. Learn more.

The Reel Deal

Ball State's premier movie review and entertainment news show, “Reel Deal” is a half-hour weekly television show that highlights current, upcoming, and classic Hollywood films and film-related events and productions around campus. Students interview campus filmmakers and record feedback from students on location at university film events. Learn more.

Rip or Rave

“Rip or Rave” is a television and web series for fashion fans and critics at Ball State and beyond. Learn more.

Something Else 

Something Else is a sketch comedy group with content written and produced by students. Members' works are exhibited on the Internet, television, and radio. Learn more.

Sports Link 

“Sports Link” is the nation's pre-eminent student-run, immersive learning sports program. At Sports Link, you will work on creating sports content for a variety of outlets, including BallStateSports.com, WIPB-TV, Fox College Sports, ESPN, Turner Sports, and Sports Link Radio. Learn more.

Waking Up with Cardinal Weather

“Waking Up with Cardinal Weather” is Ball State University's first and only morning mobile show focused on getting you ready for the day through local news, weather, and lifestyle trends. “Waking Up with Cardinal Weather” airs every Friday at 8:15 a.m. Eastern time on Facebook. Learn more.

WIPB-TV (Channel 49)

WIPB-TV is the university-owned, over-the-air Public Broadcasting Service affiliate carried on more than 30 cable systems. Students can participate as volunteers or part-time employees for in-studio and remote productions. Learn more.

Audio Engineering Society

The Ball State chapter of Audio Engineering Society serves its members, the industry, and the public by stimulating and facilitating advances in the constantly changing field of audio. It encourages and disseminates developments through annual technical meetings, exhibitions of pro audio equipment, and the Journal of the Audio Engineering Society, the professional archival publication of the audio industry. Learn more.

WCRD-FM (91.3)

WCRD is a student–run radio station licensed by the Federal Communications Commission. It broadcasts at 91.3 FM, simulcasts on WCRH-TV (Cardinal Vision 57), and streams from www.wcrd.net. In August 2006, WCRD switched to an all-request, “College Radio-on-Demand” format. The WCRD sports team broadcasts games of the Ball State football, men's and women's basketball, men's and women's volleyball, baseball and softball teams, as well as various high school sports (more than 60 athletic contests) from around Delaware County. For more information, contact faculty advisor Barry Umansky at 765-285-9078 or WCRD at 765-285-1467. Learn more.

Indiana Public Radio/WBST-FM (92.1)

Indiana Public Radio is the university-owned, award-winning news and classical music affiliate of National Public Radio. WBST gives student volunteers and part-time employees experience in news, promotion, marketing, graphics, on-air announcing, and board operations. For more information, call Indiana Public Radio at 765-285-5888. Learn more.

Music & Memory

Music & Memory brings iPods and individualized music playlists to the elderly, with special emphasis on those with dementia or Alzheimer's. They believe that personalized digital music can greatly enhance the quality of life for many nursing home residents, especially those with cognitive disorders. Music & Memory engages in effective fundraising, including organizing the annual local fundraiser, A Night to Remember. It is affiliated with Music & Memory, a national nonprofit. Learn more.

Radio Television Digital News Association

The Radio Television Digital News Association is the world’s largest organization for broadcast and electronic journalists. The chapter formed at Ball State in fall 1990. Learn more.

Cardinal Sports Live (CSL)

“Cardinal Sports Live” is a weekly television show that looks at Ball State intercollegiate and club sports from the unique perspectives of the show’s personalities, highlighting sporting events and featuring interviews with coaches and players. Each season, “Cardinal Sports Live” challenges a Ball State team or group of coaches to a game in their respective sport. Learn more.

Indiana Outdoors

“Indiana Outdoors” is a half-hour public television nature show that highlights Indiana natural resources, historic sites, and recreational opportunities around the state through stories shot independently by students. Learn more.

NewsLink Indiana 

“NewsLink Indiana” is Ball State’s Emmy Award-winning nightly newscast. Students perform every role, both on-camera and behind the scenes, for a live 9 p.m. newscast that reaches all of Delaware County via cable. NewsLink offers Ball State students opportunities to learn firsthand how to write, produce, shoot, edit, report, anchor, and begin building a portfolio of their work. No experience is required to get started with one of the nation's outstanding student news programs. Learn more.

Radio Television Digital News Association 

The Radio Television Digital News Association is the world’s largest organization for broadcast and electronic journalists. The chapter formed at Ball State in fall 1990. Learn more.

Waking Up with Cardinal Weather 

“Waking Up with Cardinal Weather” is Ball State University's first and only morning mobile show focused on getting you ready for the day through local news, weather, and lifestyle trends. “Waking Up with Cardinal Weather” airs every Friday at 8:15 a.m. Eastern time on Facebook. Learn more.

Student Advisory Council 

The Student Advisory Council is a student group that advises the TCOM Department faculty about student interests and concerns. Members also facilitate student involvement in the TCOM Super Party and other activities. Learn more.

Music & Memory

Music & Memory brings iPods and individualized music playlists to the elderly, with special emphasis on those with dementia or Alzheimer's. They believe that personalized digital music can greatly enhance the quality of life for many nursing home residents, especially those with cognitive disorders. Music & Memory engages in effective fundraising, including organizing the annual local fundraiser, A Night to Remember. It is affiliated with Music & Memory, a national nonprofit. Learn more.

Ball State National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)

The National Association of Black Journalists is an organization of journalists, students, and media-related professionals that provides quality programs and services to and advocates on behalf of black journalists worldwide. Founded by 44 men and women on December 12, 1975, in Washington, D.C., NABJ is the largest organization of journalists of color in the nation. Many of NABJ's 3,300 members also belong to professional and student chapters that serve black journalists nationwide. Ball State’s chapter was founded in 1990. Learn more.

Pi Sigma Epsilon (PSE) 

Pi Sigma Epsilon is a national professional and coeducational fraternity in selling, sales management, and marketing. It’s open to any Ball State student interested in those fields or related ones. In addition to other social and career-focused activities, PSE organizes the annual Sales Career Fair Spritzer, an opportunity for sales students to network with the fair’s recruiters. Learn more.

Radio Television Digital News Association 

The world’s largest organization for broadcast and electronic journalists, the Radio Television Digital News Association formed a chapter at Ball State in 1990. Learn more.

Women in Business

Women in Business strives to empower members to become future leaders in the business world despite gender-related barriers. WIB does this by facilitating discussions with successful businesswomen, organizing professional development activities, and encouraging its members to speak up for themselves and future generations. Learn more.

Immersive Learning

Student-led immersive learning opportunities are at the core of the TCOM academic experience. Guided by a faculty mentor as part of a course, students produce short films, documentaries, and commercials; record bands; host promotional events; sell sponsorships; and create marketing plans for local, regional, and national clients. Learn more.