The Ball State Daily News celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2022—marking a century of being a reliable news source for the University’s campus and the surrounding Muncie community. That value is amplified by the vast number of Ball State students who honed their crafts while working on the Daily News (DN), later establishing meaningful careers in journalism and related fields to serve the greater good.
“It’s a real privilege, truly an honor, to get to work with these students. And we’re fortunate to have the opportunity to play a small part in the paper’s amazing 100-year-and-counting history,” said Lisa Renze-Rhodes, director of the Unified Media Lab and adviser of student publications at Ball State. “Not many college papers get to celebrate a century. So, we’re thankful the University, our alumni, and our community recognize the gem they have in the DN. We’re lucky, and we know it. And we work every day to do smart, responsible, ethical journalism.”
The first issue of the paper was published on March 30, 1922, under its original name, The Easterner. Today, the Daily News is one of the nation’s top collegiate student papers, and a multi award-winning publication.
The Daily News became one of only 19 newspapers in the country to earn a Pacemaker award in 2022. The Pacemaker is widely recognized as college journalism’s top honor. This is the fourth consecutive year that the Daily News has earned the award. The Daily News was also selected by the Associated Collegiate Press for the Top 100 Pacemaker list of “Best National Publications of All-Time.”