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Ball State Student Media
Before immersive learning had a name, it had a home — with the Ball State Daily News.

 

Of course in 1922, the student newspaper was called The Easterner, a “live paper from a live school,” a school that was at that time called the Indiana State Normal School.

 

“The school paper could come only when the spirit of the school demanded it,” the editors of the first edition of The Easterner wrote.

 

That first newspaper staff also reported on record enrollment — 430 students — and a trip to the Pacific Northwest for geology majors.

 

Times have changed. The “Normal School” is now Ball State University.

 

And The Easterner has evolved into a rich and robust student media program that encompasses not just a newspaper, but two magazines, a television station, podcasts and a public relations and marketing and advertising agency.

 

These groups are recognized individually and collectively as being among the best in the country, consistently winning some of the nation’s top awards. And our students, once graduated, are sought-after employees around the state and across the nation.

 

As members of Unified Media, students break campus news and dig into issues relevant to the Ball State and Muncie communities, like the first-of-its-kind Partnership Project, an effort by the Ball State Daily News team to tell the stories of Muncie Community Schools’ parents, students and teachers.

 

The staffs all practice a digital-first approach in their coverage. Paid and unpaid positions are available in reporting, editing, design, video, photography and more, as well as within the agency.

 

The Unified Media team provides educational opportunities for students that cannot be taught in the classroom. The students involved gain professional, real-world experience; connect with like-minded students; network with professionals, and engage in meaningful professional development through travel and other unique opportunities.

 

While Unified Media groups are largely funded through advertising and creative service sales efforts from their Unified Media partner, McKinley Avenue, any gifts from alumni and friends help fund those extras that are an important part of a student’s education.

All revenue goes directly back into the operating budget for media students.

 

Thank you for your kind support to Fund #4907.

 

 

Rank State Gifts
1 IN 166
2 IL 7
2 TN 7
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$2,500 Student Org Challenge
Ball State Alum and Foundation Board Member, Patrick Alderdice '92, will be giving $2,500 to the student organization with the most gifts between 9:00-10:00pm
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $2,500 Ball State Student Media 129
2 Dance Marathon 105
3 Cardinal Kitchen 6
4 Black Student Association 4
5 Spectrum 3
6 Late Nite 2
7 Sports Link 1
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$1,000
Unlock $1,000 for Take Flight!
Cardinals help Cardinals, and 500 gifts by noon unlocks $1,000 for the Take Flight fund.
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College Leaderboard
The college with the most gifts by midnight will receive $2,000 to support students' greatest needs!
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $2,000 College of Fine Arts 1,749
2 $1,000 College of Communication, Information, and Media 839
3 $500 College of Sciences and Humanities 396
4 Teachers College 336
5 Miller College of Business 237
6 College of Health 226
7 College of Architecture & Planning 62
8 Honors College 54
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Help Student Orgs!
Help student organizations get ready for the new academic year! The four student orgs with the most gifts from 1-4pm on April 7 will receive $250 each.
Rank Prize Department Gifts
1 $250 Ball State Student Media 26
2 $250 Dance Marathon 14
3 $250 Cardinal Kitchen 12
4 $250 Black Student Association 8
5 Spectrum 6
6 Late Nite 5
7 Sports Link 0
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Evening Leaderboard
The needs of our students are greater than ever. The eight areas with the most donors between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m. will each receive $1,000 thanks to challenge dollars given by donors.
Rank Prize Department Donors
1 $1,000 Theatre & Dance 163
2 $1,000 Ball State Student Media 73
3 $1,000 Athletics 61
4 $1,000 Journalism 39
5 $1,000 Dance Marathon 38
6 $1,000 Communication Studies 33
7 $1,000 School of Music 30
8 $1,000 Multicultural Center 27
9 Special Education 26
10 Social Work 16
11 University Police Department 12
12 Telecommunications 12
13 Chemistry 12
14 Cardinal Kitchen 9
15 Honors College 9
16 Fraternity and Sorority Life 9
17 Alumni Programs 8
18 Accounting 8
19 University Libraries 8
20 Alumni Student Engagement 7
21 Miller Business Honors Program 7
22 Counseling Psych, Social Psych and Counseling 6
23 Political Science 5
24 Schools Within the Context of Community 5
25 Early Childhood, Youth, and Family Studies 5
26 Sports Link 5
27 Educational Psychology 5
28 Alumni Scholarships 4
29 Management 4
30 Burris Laboratory School 4
31 Black Student Association 4
32 English 4
33 Office of Student Life 3
34 David Owsley Museum of Art 3
35 Bowen Center for Public Affairs 3
36 Elementary Education 3
37 Center for Information & Communication Sciences 3
38 Biology 3
39 Spectrum 3
40 Student Voluntary Services 3
41 Late Nite 3
42 Women's and Gender Studies 3
43 Educational Studies 2
44 Career Center 2
45 Sociology 2
46 Ball State Army ROTC 2
47 Inclusive Excellence 2
48 Rinker Center for International Programs 2
49 Learning Center 2
50 History 2
51 Indiana Academy 2
52 School of Art 2
53 Computer Science 2
54 Disability Services 2
55 University Program Board 2
56 Entrepreneurship Center 2
57 School of Kinesiology 1
58 School of Nursing 1
59 Mathematical Sciences 1
60 Finance & Insurance 1
61 Anthropology 1
62 Educational Leadership 1
63 Rinard Orchid Greenhouse 1
64 Charles W. Brown Planetarium 1
65 Teachers College Dean's Fund for Excellence 1
66 Environment, Geology, and Natural Resources 1
67 Criminal Justice and Criminology 1
68 MBA | Masters of Business Administration 1
69 Online Student Support Fund 1
70 Emens Auditorium 1
71 Graduate School 1
72 Nutrition & Health Science 0
73 Speech Pathology & Audiology 0
74 Geography 0
75 Philosophy and Religious Studies 0
76 Psychological Science 0
77 Economics 0
78 ISOM Department 0
79 Marketing | CADMA 0
80 Community Engagement 0
81 Counseling Center 0
82 Center for Peace & Conflict Studies 0
83 Oz Nelson Logistics & Supply Chain Management Ctr 0
84 NESTT Learning Labs 0
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