Competitions

Erika EspinozaOur students and faculty are award-winning every year. Their work consistently ranks high in the most prestigious competitions across the country. Students produce original news and features stories, broadcasts, web and print designs, public relations and advertising campaigns. Clubs and organizations, can open doors to competition, too. Our student chapters of AAF and PRSSA compete at the regional and often the national level. Our student media organizations consistently outpace the competition in web design, writing and visuals. All this work adds to a strong portfolio, an important tool for your job search and career after graduation. Many alums have won Pulitzers. But in 2018, Erika Espinoza, became the first Ball State student to win a Pulitzer Prize in Explanatory Reporting for her part in The Wall, an examination of the construction of the President Trump’s pledge to build a wall at the U.S. and Mexican border by the Arizona Republic and USAToday. At the time, Erika was a graduate student in the Emerging Media Design and Development (EMDD) program. She also earned her undergraduate degree from the Department of Journalism. Students often compete in these prestigious organizations:

Students at Olympics in Rio

Imagine reporting from the Olympics in London, England, Sochi, Russia, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Pyeongchang, South Korea for global news outlets like the Chicago Tribune and the Washington Post. BSU at the Games is just one of dozens of immersive learning experiences from which our students choose. Some occur annually. Others, happen only once. Real-time reporting and writing, shooting and editing prepares you for a successful career. Our strategic communications students also get hands-on learning experiences working one-on-one with clients and competing in national brand competitions. Immersive learning isn’t reserved for upper-level students, either. We want you involved from day one, and you’ll want to be.

Notable Experiences

More about Immersive Learning

The university offers dozens of opportunities across colleges and departments on campus. Learn more.

  • Ball State's AAF student chapter competes annually in regional and national contests. Our students have participated in the National Student Advertising Competition for years. The National Student Advertising Competition is the premier opportunity for students in advertising and marketing to design a campaign for an established brand.
  • The David Letterman Learning Experience is a result of a year-long effort to create an experience that immerses the user in the history of Ball State University. Ball State’s most famous alumnus donated more than 1,000 pieces from Late Night with David Letterman to the university in 2015. This David Letterman Learning Experience team created a fun and interactive cross-platform experience that consisted of a location-based storytelling app —That’s BS— and a touch-screen tabletop experience. Throughout the year, a team of five EMDD graduate students collaborated with a team of five undergraduate animation and telecommunications majors to develop story content including videos, trivia, and animations relating to fun, quirky moments in Ball State history.
  • BSU At The Games combines Ball State University’s trademark immersive learning experiences and the Olympics. The Department of Journalism has offered this extraordinary opportunity since the London Olympics in 2012. BSU At The Games has sent more than 140 students to travel abroad and work as journalists covering the world’s largest sporting event.
  • The Hasten Holocaust Museum Project is a student-driven museum, created to increase awareness and support for Holocaust education in Indiana curriculum.
  • Match Point: The Rise of Men's Volleyball is an original documentary focused on bringing awareness to the growth of boys’ and men’s volleyball in the United States. 
  • Our public relations students compete in some of the most prestigious competitions nationwide. Our student work in the Arthur Page Case Study Competition is standout.
  • The Media Analytics in Practice course is an immersive approach to gain cutting-edge knowledge of media analytics and turning them into action for a community partner. 
  • Students in journalism, advertising, public relations and design have worked with organizations like Visit Indy and Academy of Model Aeronautics
  • Shoot For Good is a daylong documentary projected, produced by the Ball State Department of Journalism’s NPPA chapter. The project covers volunteerism and service around the greater Muncie area over a 24-hour period.
  • Town and Gown is the work of a capstone class in advanced reporting and writing. It looks at the relationship of Ball State University and the community that supports it, Muncie, Indiana, through the lens of solutions journalism, an emerging technique used to focus on what’s being done to address significant issues.
  • Water Quality Indiana blends science with journalism and provides impactful recruitment into STEM and media fields through experiential learning.
  • Our public relations students compete in some of the most prestigious competitions nationwide. Our student work in the Arthur Page Case Study Competition is standout.
  • The Media Analytics in Practice course is an immersive approach to gain cutting-edge knowledge of media analytics and turning them into action for a community partner. 

Let's Talk

Brian Hayes, journalism internship coordinator, is eager to explore opportunities with you. Call or email him to set up an appointment.

 Our students are required to complete one internship and are urged to do more. Having a strong portfolio of work by the time you graduate is no longer an option. You’ll need it to separate yourself from the rest of the pack. Not sure where to start? We have your back. One of the distinguishing features of a Ball State University Department of Journalism education is the mentorship you get from your professors. They take a personal interest in your success. We have just the right blend of scholars and professionals to help you navigate the start of your career path. You’ll be required to take a professional development class that prepares you for the work world with instruction on research and finding internships, creating a career-focused resume, writing cover letters, prepping for interviews and adapting the latest tools and techniques that get you where you want to go. We help you build your network and your personal brand. Where will you get an internship? We leave that up to you but we’re here to help. Some of our most popular internship sites include the Indianapolis ColtsIndiana PacersIndiana FeverIndianapolis MonthlyHironsBorshoff, SalesforceEli LillyCumulus MediaWISH-TVWTHRBall State AthleticsMatchbook CreativeBlast MediaThe Indianapolis Star, state and federal government agencies and legislative agencies. Students are limited to in-state internships. Many land opportunities in metropolitan areas like Chicago, New York City, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Nashville, Phoenix and Los Angeles. International experiences are also options. Students have completed internships all over the globe but most recently in England, Spain, Ireland and Australia.