Rankings and Recognitions
Points of Distinction: College of Communication, Information, and Media


  • Two students from the telecommunications department earned a student Academy Award in 2006 and and received the Best of Festival award at the 2007 Broadcast Education Association Festival of Media Arts, for their short film Perspective. The film also received a regional Emmy in 2007 for best music composition.

  • The International Academy of the Visual Arts awarded Ball State's student-run radio station, WCRD, three gold Awards of Excellence and four silver Awards of Distinction at its 14th annual Communicator Awards ceremony in 2008. Read more ...

  • 2009 marked the fourth time since 2000 that Ball State was named the Television School of the Year by the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters (IASB). Read more about our telecommunications program being recognized as top in the state.
  • Students gain leading-edge experience working in today's converging communications fields through NewsLink Indiana, a project integrating television, online news products, radio, and newspaper.
  • From their very first semester, students in the Department of Telecommunications receive hands-on experience with sophisticated audio and video equipment, including HD cameras.

Newspaper Journalism

  • The Ball State Daily News continued its winning tradition in 2008, when it was named one of the nation's best college newspapers by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association for the ninth consecutive year. It was the only newspaper in 2008 to receive two Gold Crown Awards, and the staff received 64 Gold Circle Awards. Read more... 

  • In 2007, student journalists from the Daily News  came home with four national awards given by the Associated Collegiate Press, including first place for best online package. They previously received the Pacemaker Award in 2005.

  • The Paper Trail, a U.S. News & World Report blog, listed The Ball State Daily News' podcasts among the best alternative media outlets in its Best of College Newspapers 2007 poll. Read more...

  • Several times the Daily News has been named one of the best-designed student newspapers in the world by the Society for News Design.

Magazine Journalism

  • In 2007, Expo magazine earned runner-up for Collegiate Magazine of the Year at the Indiana Collegiate Press Association convention. Expo also won the following first place awards: Best News Story, Best Feature Story, Best Entertainment Column, Best Sports Story, Best Story Package Design, Best News Photo, and Best Illustration. Other magazines in the competition were from Notre Dame, Indiana University, and Indiana State.

  • Ball Bearings won first place for online news magazines in the 2007 Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication National Student Competition as well as numerous regional and state awards. Read more...

Journalism Graphics


  • In 2007, Ball State's American Advertising Federation student chapter placed third in AAF District 6 National Student Advertising Competition. 2007 is the fifth consecutive year that Ball State's team has placed within the top three in the district competition. Ball State advertising teams had won the competition the previous three years.

  • In 2008, 11 Ball State students earned the certification of radio marketing professional through the university's partnership with the Radio Advertising Bureau. 

Public Relations

  • Of the more than 100 schools that included their profiles in PR News Online in February 2008, Ball State's public relations program is one of only 18 certified for education in public relations by the Public Relations Society of America and is one of the few universities to offer a degree specifically in public relations. Read more...
  • Cardinal Communications is one of the nation's first student-operated public relations and advertising agencies and one of the nation's eight nationally affiliated student-run firms.
  • Cardinal Communications received the 2008 Dr. F.H. Teahan National Chapter Award for Outstanding Firm at the Public Relations Student Society of America (PRSSA) International Conference. Read more about Cardinal Communications being chosen as the top firm from among more than 270 chapters.
  • Our student public relations team placed second in the 2009 Arthur W. Page Society annual case study competition.

Communication Studies

  • In 2009, our debate team won its third national championship since 2000 by taking top honors at the National Educational Debate Association (NEDA) national tournament. 2009 also was the second consecutive year our team won the tournament. Read more about our debaters defending their title.
  • The Communication Studies speech team in 2006 won the ninth-place national title and placed third in its division at the National Forensics Association National Tournament.