From day one, you’ll engage in meaningful experiences that deepen your understanding of the craft and expose you to technologies and approaches that prepare you to excel in this in-demand, relevant industry.

We pair hands-on curriculum with internships and projects with the nation’s top journalists, advertisers, and marketers. But we don’t stop there. Faculty mentors help you pursue awards and other recognitions that celebrate your hard work and leadership in the field.


Achievement in intercollegiate and professional competitions demonstrates your success as a student and your professional readiness. Take advantage of these opportunities to showcase your work in state and national contests:

  • Columbia Scholastic Press Association
  • Hearst Journalism Awards Program
  • Indiana Collegiate Press Association Awards
  • Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication Awards
  • Society of Professional Journalists

Recent Awards

Ball state students and student organizations within the Department of Journalism earned 27 prestigious awards on the national, regional, and local levels during the 2016-17 academic year.

Student Media and Organizations

Ball Bearings, the story-driven in-depth magazine managed and written by BSU students, captured several awards, including two first place Pacemaker awards from the Associated Collegiate Press, three Pinnacle awards for website and best multimedia story, three Columbia Scholastic Press Association awards, a Hearst, and was declared the best online magazine by the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

American Advertising Federation student chapter won seven American Advertising Federation (AAF) awards, including two Gold Addys, two Silver Addys, a Judge’s Choice award, and a People’s Choice award.

Individual Awards and Scholarships

On the local and regional levels, journalism students and organizations won awards and scholarships from the Society for Professional Journalists (Region 5), the Indianapolis Press Club, the Hoosier Chapter of the Public Relations Society of America, and the Indiana Public Broadcasters Association, and nationally from the Journalism Education Association.

Students at Olympics in RioImagine reporting about the Olympics from the fields of London, Sochi, and Rio for global news outlets, including The Chicago Tribune and Washington Post. BSU at the Games—a freelance news agency—is among the departments many relevant, meaningful immersive opportunities that provide students with hands-on experience and connections with industry leaders. Immersive learning isn’t reserved for upper-level students. We encourage all years to engage in at least one such opportunity, which range in structure from one class project to an entire semester’s coursework focused on interdisciplinary collaboration among departments.

Notable Projects

More about Immersive Learning

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

  • "Unmasked"—telling multimedia stories that describe the meth crisis in Delaware County
  • MLB Spring Training—covering stories of interest to East Central Indiana
  • Indiana Black Expo—expanding cross-cultural understanding through coverage of issues and events related to Indiana Black Expo’s Annual Summer Celebration
  • Volleyball Reporting—developing stories and graphics about USA Volleyball
  • News Immersion—producing news and feature stories for media outlets such as IPR, WCRD, The Daily, Ball Bearings, Byte, and NewsLink Indiana
  • BSU at the Games—reporting stories about the preparation and culture surrounding the Olympics (London, Sochi and Rio)
  • Harvesting Hope—capturing the stories of Muncie’s food system through in-depth personal profiles of those dealing with production, access, and insecurity
  • Reporting the Arts, Entertainment and Culture—producing journalistic content for IPR and an interactive class website
  • Indianapolis Motor Speedway—covering stories surrounding the Indy 500
  • Police and the Press—understanding and reporting issues involving active/on-going police investigations

Enhance your studies through the Louis E. Ingelhart Scholars program, a select group of student leaders who benefit from smaller class sizes, additional hands-on learning, and increased interactions with faculty mentors and campus media.

Early each spring, the department invites all first- and second-year students in the department to apply for the yearlong experience. A faculty committee selects 10-15 participants based on academic achievement and their eagerness to learn. Students accepted into the program are notified prior to the fall semester.


  • Learn through a specialized curriculum and experiences that explore leadership, communication theory, human psychology, and persuasion.
  • Take one class in the fall and one class in the spring with the Ingelhart Scholars cohort.
  • Ingelhart Scholars courses may be used to satisfy requirements for a minor in Leadership Studies.

Department of Journalism faculty members are committed to helping students prepare for the professional world. One sure-fire way to learn and grow in the field is through obtaining an internship. Internships provide students with valuable hands-on experience critical to creating a rock-star portfolio.

A Required Experience

Let’s Talk

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

All journalism department majors are required to complete one for-credit internship to graduate. However, students who complete two or three internships have greater employment opportunities after graduation. To be considered for some of the more prestigious internships, you need to complete two or more internships.

For-credit internships require students to work a minimum of 200 hours over approx. 10 weeks. Although a vast majority of internships are completed during the summer semester, Fall and Spring internships are far less competitive and provide robust experiences for our students.

Students have interned at a wide range of businesses and institutions, including:

  • Borshoff
  • CBS
  • Edelman
  • FOX
  • Hirons
  • Indianapolis Monthly
  • Ketchem
  • Leo Burnett
  • NBC
  • Ogilvy
  • OrthoIndy
  • Salesforce
  • The Chicago Tribune
  • The Indianapolis Motor Speedway
  • The Indianapolis Colts
  • The Indianapolis Pacers
  • The Indianapolis Star
  • The Minneapolis Star-Tribune
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer
  • The Saturday Evening Post