Ball State University College of Communication, Information, and Media

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The College of Communication, Information, and Media (CCIM) is part of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. Located in two buildings—Ball Communication Building and the David Letterman Communication and Media Building—CCIM serves as the location for classes, offices, television studios, and a radio station. There are 1,300 majors and minors within the college, placing it among the ten largest communications programs in the United States.


The College of Communication, Information, and Media started in 1966 as The Center for Radio and Television, offering about 10 different courses. Slowly growing as time and technology progressed, by 1997 the College of Communication, Information, and Media developed audio studios, a screening room, television studios, wireless lab, electronic news room, and more. Currently housed in two main buildings, the Ball Communication Building and the David Letterman Communication and Media Building, the program now contains about 1,300 majors and minors.[1]

The Ball Communication Building was erected in 1988, which helped the College of Communication, Information, and Media program expand. It provided more space, technology, and facilities for students in this field to develop skills.[2][3]

David Letterman building

The David Letterman Communication and Media Building, opened in 2007, added 85,000 square feet of space to the program. It offered more space for the growing number of students, classrooms, and studio spaces, as well as centers for radio, such as the IPR station.[4]


Comprising the departments of Communications Studies, Telecommunications, and Journalism, and the Center for Communication and Information Sciences, the Ball State CCIM offers various degree options for undergraduates and graduates. They are among the top 10 largest communications programs in the country and currently have 2,100 undergraduate students and 200 graduate students enrolled.[5]

Immersive Learning[edit]

One of Ball States University's education initiatives is Immersive Learning. This is facilitated in the College of Communication, Information, and Media through various programs, internships, and projects. Ball State defines these opportunities as mostly interdisciplinary, involving a team of students, guided by a faculty member but led by students, real life results and end products, and having academic credit.[6]

Common yearly Immersive Learning experiences include Summer HD movie project, SportsLink, and WCRD-FM.

Other departments such as Virginia Ball Center for Inquiry and the Business Fellows program often involve students from the College of Communication, Information, and Media. Virginia Ball Center has instigated many award-winning projects such as The Other Side of Middletown, an audiobook that received the Margaret Mead Award for Outstanding Research given by the American Anthropology Association, and Consuming a Nation, a radio series that won two first place awards from the Society of Professional Journalists.[7]

Students of the college are also provided with various opportunities to take part in clubs and media projects that teach them real life skills.[8]

Organization, Clubs, and Programs:

  • BSU Tonight
  • Cardinal Filmworks[9]
  • Indiana Outdoors
  • Cardinal Sports Live
  • NewsLink Indiana
  • Cardinal Vision Connections Live
  • Sports Link
  • Something Else[10]
  • WIPB-TV Channel 49
  • IPR/WBST 92.1 FM
  • Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)
  • Reel Deal
  • Student Advisory Council (SAC)
  • National Association of Black Journalists (NABJ)
  • Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA)
  • Public Relations Student Society of America
  • Press Photographers Association
  • Journalism Education Association
  • American Advertising Federation

Awards for the College of Communication, Information, and Media[edit]

The students and faculty within the telecommunications program have won many awards and nominations throughout the years. In June 2012, Ball State students went to the annual regional Emmy Awards in Indianapolis and took home 6 of the 11 awards they were nominated for, and 5 of the awards were earned by telecommunication students. This success brings the total Emmy awards to 39 for the telecommunication community, and a total of 114 nominations. The community also holds two gold Student Academy Awards for their work in telecommunications. An immersive learning project, Sports Link, allows for students to produce sports-related content through different ways for the university. This program has also earned many Emmys and won the 2011 College Sports Media Award. It was in 2011 that Ball State was named the Television School of the Year by the Indiana Association of School Broadcasters (IASB) for the fifth time since 2000. In 2011 the Ball State Daily News, a student run newspaper, received 80 Gold Circles, 19 were first-place awards, from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA).[11][12]

Ball State Radio- WCRD 91.3 FM[edit]

WCRD is the student run radio station at Ball State’s campus. The radio station began after Ball State alumnus David Letterman funded the original construction of the AM station in 1986 and in 1988 when the station became operational. In 1995, WCRD transferred to an FM broadcast over Muncie, Indiana. In 2006 WCRD had the format of the audience choosing-request format-, causing the selection of music to be a variety. In 2010, the radio’s format changed once again, but fixated more on the Top 40 Pop and college rock. WCRD, the second largest student activity on Ball State’s campus, serves as the voice of Ball State students and works self-sufficiently from Indiana Public Radio (IPR). In 2009, WCRD was named one of the country's top five college radio stations by the mtvU Woodie Awards. In 2010, WCRD won four silver Awards of Distinction from the International Academy of the Visual Arts.[13][14]


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  2. ^ "Ball Communications Building". Wikimapia. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  3. ^ "Facilities and Equipment". Ball State University. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "David Letterman Communication Building". MSKTD and Associates. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  5. ^ "Colleges and Departments". Ball State University. Retrieved 27 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "We Love Tcom". Telecommunications Department. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  7. ^ "Virginia Ball Center". Ball State University. Retrieved 28 October 2012. 
  8. ^ "My Year in Review". College of Communication, Information, and Media. Retrieved 20 October 2012. 
  9. ^ "Cardinal Filmworks". Cardinal Filmworks. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Something Else TV". Something Else TV. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  11. ^ "College of Communication, Information, and Media". Ball State University. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Ball State students take home Emmys". BSU Daily News. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  13. ^ "WCRD". WCRD Radio. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  14. ^ "WCRD Awards". WCRD Radio. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 

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