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 reported on record enrollment — 430 students — and a trip to the Pacific Northwest for geology majors.
Times have changed, of course. The “Normal School” is now Ball State University.
And The Easterner has become the Ball State Daily News.
But reporting on what matters to students, staff and faculty has always been, and will continue to be, a hallmark for the Daily News team.
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, and that team’s work with the university toward a shared future.
Additionally, in recent years, the team follows stories that take them beyond the borders of campus and Muncie to wherever the news is happening. From a conversation with former first lady Michelle Obama, to visits to the Hoosier state from Vice President Mike Penceand President Donald Trump, to covering major university sporting events including an appearance by the Cardinals at Lucas Oil Stadium, the Daily News team tries to go where the stories take them, getting a full immersive learning experience that helps these student journalists gain valuable on-the-job training.
These students 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.
With your support we can continue to provide these valuable immersive experiences for students to travel to the places where the news is happening.
We’re seeking $4,000 to create a fund that students can use to support these important opportunities, once the country fully re-opens. We need your help to continue to offer the world-class educational experience for which the Daily News is known and celebrated.
And we thank you for your support.