Summer Media Academy

Located at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana, this uniquely-structured workshop offers cutting edge courses for staffs and advisers in our state-of-the-art facilities on one of the most beautiful college campuses in the nation.

Our faculty ranks among the best, including national award-winning collegiate and faculty instructors whose media have earned the highest honors as well as digital media professionals who transfer their real-world experience to practical applications for students to take back to their staffs. Journalists and advisers will attend a five-day workshop to hone the skills necessary to hit the ground running when school resumes in the fall.

Of course, the fun factor of BSU Journalism Workshops Summer Media Academy is off the charts! With a volleyball tournament and game nights, free time is filled with activities. For more than 50 years, BSU Journalism Workshops has set trends and trained staff members, student leaders and advisers in broadcast, web, news, yearbook, social media, mobile journalism and more in our innovative programs using cutting-edge technology.


With an archeological theme, BSU Journalism Workshops Summer Media Academy challenges attendees to “Dig Deep,” empowering students and advisers to reach greater depths in their broadcast, web, news and yearbook programs. Our Academy teaches attendees how to tell great stories on multiple platforms that best connect with their school community

Staffs who attend together have dedicated time to collaborate, bond and create tools that prepare them for a successful school year.

Our summer experience includes:

  • New 5-day format
  • Affordable tuition (includes air-conditioned housing, all classes, T-shirt)
  • Team-taught, staff-focused and leadership-driven curriculum
  • Award-winning faculty
  • Innovative daily schedule
  • Special Adviser course*
  • Cutting-edge facilities

Who: Middle and high school journalism students & media advisers

When: July 9-13, 2017

Where: Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

Cost: $400 for students

Local students: $300 for students living within 20 miles of Ball State’s campus, does not include housing (additional parking fees will be incurred)

Why: If you’re looking for the best summer workshop experience, look no further! At Ball State, we put the emphasis on developing the whole staff as well as arming individuals with the latest tools and skills to practice 21st century journalism. With cutting-edge technology and an innovative curriculum, students and advisers alike will have everything in place to start the school year right!


Feb. 1: Registration Opens

June 14: Registration and payment must be postmarked before this date.

July 9: First day of Summer Media Academy

July 13: Final day of Summer Media Academy


Forms MUST need to be printed, signed and mailed to our office up until June 14.

Allow five days for mailing. NO LATE REGISTRATION FORMS WILL BE ACCEPTED. Any forms received after June 14 will be returned.

Click here to pay online via credit card.


Full refunds will not be made after the June 14, 2017 deadline. Cancellations before June 14 will be given a full refund, minus a $75 processing fee.



If you are traveling to Workshops via a flight, you will need to read and comply with the following form. We will provide a shuttle from the Indianapolis Airport to campus on Saturday, July 8. The shuttle will leave the airport at 5 p.m. Please plan flights accordingly. On Thursday, July 13, the shuttle will leave campus at noon and arrive at the Indianapolis Airport at about 1:30 p.m. We suggest planning for flights leaving Indianapolis after 3:30 p.m.

Find the Transportation Form here

Summer Media Academy Scholarships


BSU Journalism Workshops offers two need-based scholarships for qualified applicants. Scholarships include tuition costs but not meals or transports. A refundable $70 deposit is required with application.

HOW TO APPLY: Send your filled-out registration form to: Journalism Workshops 1125 McKinley Ave, Ball State University, 47306

Email with:

  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Three clips of your work or a link to your portfolio website.
  • A one-page narrative explaining why you should receive a scholarship, including your financial need.

All students are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to students from diverse backgrounds and diverse schools and those who meet financial need.