President's Annual Report 2006
Working Newsroom

NewsLink Indiana

Students who work at NewsLink Indiana, Ball State's student-run professional news operation, are immersed in the daily operations of a real-life newsroom. Working full time, they report, shoot, produce, and direct live newscasts that air on the local PBS station and NPR affiliate and are published on the Web. In return, they earn a complete semester's worth of credits and important experience in today's converged communications fields.

"NewsLink Indiana immersion is invaluable," says senior telecommunications major Scott Swim. "You learn so much because you have to—because it's your job, nine to five, for a whole semester."

Thanks to a new partnership between Ball State and MSNBC, students working for the semester-long program or NewsWatch," a student-managed cable news program, have the opportunity to tell their stories to a national news audience. Students not only submit story ideas but also can feed live interviews to the network.

Even before the MSNBC opportunity, NewsLink managing editor and alumna Chris Bavender often received telephone calls from news directors asking for recommendations for job openings.

"News directors know these students do the news on a day-to-day basis and are solid performers," she says. "As a result, our graduates start out in higher television markets than they would if they weren't involved in NewsLink."

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