You are part of a distinguished global network of alumni and friends leading the field through passionate storytelling, compelling design, and innovative strategy. Your success inspires our students to carry on Ball State Journalism’s legacy of creative, resourceful graduates who work with heart and integrity.
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Whether you’re a recent graduate or a seasoned professional, your experience and expertise is valuable to our students as they learn the craft. We’d love for you to speak to a class, mentor a student—or whatever way you’d like to engage with us.
Journalism Alumni Society
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Connect with fellow alumni through a range of events—from professionally focused activities to fun, social events. The society is charged with stimulating interest in the educational, professional, and social interests of the department’s alumni—individually and collectively. It hosts annual events, including the Journalism Awards Luncheon, and recognizes alumni accomplishments through the Journalism Hall of Fame along with a range of other annual alumni awards. Learn more.
Your support fuels our efforts to nurture tomorrow’s leaders through relevant, hands-on learning in technology-rich environments. Because of you, we retain leading educators and draw a diverse, bright student body. Thank you for elevating our national reputation for student-centered, professionally-connected programs.
Department and Alumni Awards
The department partners with the Journalism Alumni Society each year to recognize faculty, alumni, and friends who are making a lasting mark on the industry and support our students and departmental initiatives.
Learn more about our 2017 awards recipients
Since 1985, the department has inducted professionals into this prestigious group, whose members either majored in journalism, worked for student publications, or taught in the department. Other than professors, nominees must have graduated at least 10 years before their date of induction. Submit nominations.
The award recognizes outstanding journalistic achievements of those who either majored or minored in journalism or worked for at least one Ball State student publication before entering a career in journalism. Submit nominations.
The award recognizes achievements of a journalism alumnus/a, who is 35 years of age or younger. He or she must work in journalism or a related area and must have distinguished professional qualities. Submit nominations.
Since 1960, the department has presented a national journalism award for excellence in print journalism. The award, named after the longtime Indianapolis Star publisher, is given for an article published during the prior calendar year.
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The award recognizes outstanding achievements in Indiana journalism. Writers, reporters, columnists, editors, publishers, foundations, media outlets, and auxiliary organizations are eligible. Submit nominations.
Ball State has long supported high school journalism education and teacher training. Nominees do not need to be Indiana residents, but they should contribute to the development of high school journalism in the state. Submit nominations.
The award recognizes innovation and leadership in the profession of graphic journalism. Named in honor of Anton Majeri Jr., retired senior editor for design and graphics at the Chicago Tribune, the honor is presented to a publication staff or person for creating a body of work or a singular piece that demonstrates innovation in new design or graphics reporting. Submit nominations.