Ryan Sparrow

Ryan Sparrow

Lecturer of Journalism


Room:AJ 352

Educational Background:
MA Journalism, Ball State University, 2008
BA Journalism, Franklin College, 1994

Professional Experience:
Before coming to Ball State, Sparrow was a staff photographer at The Tribune in New Albany, Ind.; the Harold Bulletin in Anderson Ind. and the Florida Times Union in Jacksonville, Fl. He has also been an instructor at Franklin College.

Research/Creative/Publication Interests:
Reporting such as basic reporting, communications graphics, digital photography, graphic design, computer graphics, multimedia, web design, digital video, visual ethics

Research/Creative/Publication Career Highlights:
Before coming to Ball State he has won national design awards for Thomson Newspapers in 1995, 1997, and 1998; regional National Press Photographer’s Association awards for feature photography in 1997 and 1999; and other professional honors. While in the university he was part of an interdepartmental team of professors who created a new news curriculum in the Journalism and TCOM departments, and he co-mentored a 2008 Business Fellows initiative that led a team of 16 students from four departments in producing a multimedia guide for Historic Landmarks of Indiana's Ten Most Endangered Annual List. 

Thesis/Creative Project Experience and Philosophy:
Sparrow is interested in overseeing projects or theses that deal with photojournalism or visual communication and design.