• Ball State students and faculty have won 54 regional Emmy® Awards and 29 NATAS Student Production Awards from the Lower Great Lakes Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. Our honors also include two gold Student Academy Awards.  

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  • Sports Link, an immersive learning program that has produced content for Fox College Sports and NCAA March Madness Live, has won multiple Emmys and multiple College Sports Media Awards.
  • Sportscasters Talent Agency of America named Ball State the No. 3 sports broadcasting school in the country in 2017.
  • The student-created documentary Everlasting Light: The Story of Indiana’s Bicentennial Torch Relay was shown during the 2017 Heartland Film Festival. Other awards for the film include a Gold Aurora Award and a Society of Professional Journalists award. The entire immersive learning project, where students produced daily videos, photos, articles, and social media, won a Mercury Award for Best Public Relations Campaign from the U.S. Travel Association and a Summit Emerging Media Award, among others.

  • Unmasked: The Stigma of Meth, produced by an immersive learning class, won the Associated Press Media Editors (APME) 2017 Innovator of the Year Award for College Students.

  • From their very first semester, students in the Department of Telecommunications receive hands-on experience with sophisticated audio and video equipment, including HD cameras.


  • In 2016-17, Ball Bearings magazine won two first place Pacemaker awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, three Pinnacle Awards from the College Media Association, four Gold Circle Awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA), and a Hearst. Our student-run newspaper, The Ball State Daily News, was recognized with 71 Gold Circle awards from CSPA and nominated for the Pacemaker in 2017.

  • The BSU Athletics App, the official app for interactive annual reports, media guides, and more for Ball State University sports, received a 2015 Best of the Festival King Foundation Award from the Broadcast Education Association. The app was developed by the Ball State Digital Publishing Studio in collaboration with Sports Link and Ball State Athletics.
  • Our journalism graphics program is one of the leading programs of its type in the country.

Advertising and Public Relations

  • Our chapter of the Public Relations Student Society of America received a Star Chapter Award from PRSSA at the organization’s 2016 national conference.
  • Cardinal Communications, one of the nation’s first student-operated public relations and advertising agencies, is among about 30 student agencies in the country to be designated a National Affiliation Program with the Public Relations Student Society of America.
  • Our master's degree in public relations is the first graduate program in the nation to receive Certification in Education for Public Relations (CEPR) by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA). Our undergraduate public relations program in 2016 was one of only 38 certified programs in the world.

Communication Studies

  • In 2018, Ball State set an all-time record in winning the National Educational Debate Association (NEDA) National Championship Debate Tournament. This was the fifth consecutive national tournament win for the team.

Center for Information and Communication Sciences

  • The Information Technology Education and Research Association (ITERA) named Ball State’s Center for Information and Communication Sciences (CICS) the 2020 Outstanding Program of the Year.