Gain professional experience and express your creativity through one or more of our dynamic, award-winning student media; connect with like-minded students, network with professionals; and engage in meaningful professional development and service through one of our department’s student organizations. 

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The Ball State Daily News

Break campus news and dig into issues relevant to the Ball State community as a member the Ball State Daily News, one of the nation’s top student newspapers. The staff practices a digital-first approach in its coverage of campus and breaking Muncie news, Cardinals sports, features, and opinions. Paid and unpaid positions are available in reporting, editing, design, video, photography, and more. Learn more.

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Ball Bearings Magazine

Join one of the nation’s top collegiate magazines, which is published in print two times annually, plus online versions updated weekly with multimedia stories. Ball Bearings has received more than 50 awards in the last two years from the Society of Professional Journalists and others. Learn more.

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Explore and critique your passions through Byte, a student-run, interactive site that features news, reviews, long-form journalism, videos, and podcasts about topics that range from anime and gaming to music and videos. Learn more.

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NewsLink Indiana

Student anchors, reporters, writers, and producers collaborate to air live, 30-minute newscasts that broadcast throughout Delaware County three days per week. NewsLink covers local news, national news, entertainment, weather and sports. Learn more.

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Sports Link

Student-teams of anchors, reporters, writers, and producers broadcast comprehensive coverage about Ball State, local, and some national sports and athletes. Learn more.


WCRD-FM (91.3)

Interested in radio? Join WCRD (91.3 FM), the second largest student activity at Ball State (only the marching band outnumbers us). Students run the radio station, which airs 24-hours a day, 365-days a year, and operates independently of Indiana Public Radio. The “voice of Ball State” covers Ball State and local high school sports, produces feature and news stories, plays music, and reviews area bands. Learn more.

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Cardinal Sports Live

This weekly, student-run television show takes a look at Ball State intercollegiate and club sports from the unique perspectives of the CSL personalities, highlighting sporting events and featuring interviews with coaches and players. Each season CSL challenges a Ball State team or group of coaches to a game in their respective sport. Learn more.

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Cardinal Metrics

Gain professional analytics certifications, including Google Analytics, while working with clients and building skill sets useful for emerging media trends. We focus on media research and creating data-based solutions in an agency-style setting for media clients. Learn more.


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The McKinley Avenue Agency

Experience a full-range agency – public relations, advertising, marketing and media sales – with opportunities to work beyond the academic year in various capacities to enhance your skills in all areas. As the newest of our agency offerings, which integrates our legacy agencies ADAPT, Cardinal Communications and Unified Media Advertising and Creative Suite, we provide our members with the total strategic communication experience with real-world clients, including our national award-winning Unified Media. Learn more.

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Explore potential advertising careers, network with industry professionals, and hone your interests and skills through membership in the only organization that includes members across all disciplines and career levels in advertising. Learn more.

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Ball State founded the first student chapter of the Journalism Education Association (JEA), which continues to lead the promotion of professionalism and excellence in the field of journalism education. Learn more.

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Our chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists provides support and networking opportunities for African-American journalism professionals and students. Members must have a major or minor in the journalism or telecommunications department. Learn more.

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The Ball State chapter of the National Press Photographers Association honors contributors to photojournalism at the university and provides a forum for the exchange of ideas prompted by guest speakers, field trips, conferences, and more. Learn more.

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As a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA), you’ll develop relationships and engage in professional development alongside PR professionals and other students interested in the field. Learn more.

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The Society for News Design provides you with experiences and resources that will help you succeed in the professional and educational worlds of media design and journalism graphics. Learn more.

Kappa Tau Alpha National Honor Society

Students in the top 10 percent of their class (with a minimum of 3.5 GPA) are invited to join this honor society that recognizes academic excellence and promotes scholarship in journalism and mass communications. Learn more