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New book lists Ball State's broadcasting program among the nation's best (9/29/2004)
Ball State University has one of the nation's top broadcasting programs in the country, says a new book examining career opportunities in telecommunications.

In the book "This Business of Broadcasting," author Leonard Mogel touts Ball State as one of eight schools having a superb program in broadcasting and provides information about Ball State's Department of Telecommunications.

The writer opens the chapter, "Colleges and Universities Offering Programs in Broadcasting," by discussing television talk show host David Letterman, a 1969 Ball State graduate.

"This ranking will help attract more out-of-state and international students," said Nancy Carlson, chair of Ball State's telecommunications department. "The fact that we have a strong telecommunications program was already widely known in Indiana, but we strive to be a national model as well."

The author lists "superb broadcasting programs" in the following order: the University of Southern California, Emerson College, New York University, Ball State University, Temple University, Boston University, Michigan State University and the University of North Texas. He provides a brief overview of each program.

Mogel writes, "There are hundreds of colleges and universities with broadcasting majors and minors. Our emphasis in this chapter is on a number of schools with superb programs in broadcasting. There are, of course, many other schools worthy of consideration."

His criteria for selecting schools for the book include availability of professional broadcasting facilities on campus, industry experience of the faculty, number of quality internships for students, exposure to all the opportunities in broadcasting and the ability to work on student projects that actually produce programs. 

Ball State will expand opportunities for students to explore existing and future options in telecommunications with the soon-to-be constructed Communication Media Building. The $21 million project, which is slated to open at the beginning of the 2006-07 academic year, will allow the College of Communication, Information, and Media to accept more students into its programs and provide much-needed space for the university's emerging digital media content production facilities.

These production facilities may play a role in transforming Indiana's economy as Ball State students, faculty and staff create content for existing and new digital media companies.

The building will be located between the Ball Communication Building and the Robert Bell Building, bringing all four departments of the college into a four-building conjoined complex with the Art and Journalism Building.

Ball State's telecommunications program focuses on media studies, radio, television, film, news and multimedia. Undergraduate and graduate students may participate in a number of broadcasting opportunities, including WIPB-TV, a public broadcasting station; WBST-FM, a National Public Radio affiliate; Cardinal Vision 57,  a student-managed, on-campus cable channel; WCRD 91.3 FM, a student-managed, on-campus radio station; and NewsLink Indiana, the university's news convergence project.

These opportunities have helped Ball State students net major awards and citations. On Sept. 18, Ball State students, faculty and staff won 5 regional Emmy Awards after being nominated for a school-record 16.

Mogel is the author of eight books on communications and media. He is the founding publisher of several publications, including Signature, Weight Watchers and National Lampoon magazines, and the producer of the animated movie "Heavy Metal."

He also has served as an adjunct professor of communications at New York University and originated the school's summer magazine publishing program.               

(Note to Editors: For more information, contact Carlson at ncarlson@bsu.edu or (765) 285-1489.)

By Marc Ransford, Media Relations Manager