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          BSU at the fair is an immersive learning project coordinated by BSU Journalism professor, Colleen Steffen and BSU Graphic Design professor, Ryan Sparrow. The duo select [exceptional] students as writers, designers, photographers, videographers and PR to represent Ball State at the Indiana State Fair.

          The class began as a project to give students real life experience in their respective fields with guidance from Sparrow and Steffen. Content is produced by writers, photographers, videographers and designers, packaged by PR and then picked up by news affiliates. The class is now an experience of professionalism and fun as the students write about the Indiana fair’s oddities, whether it be the SPAM contest or fried insects, from inside a trailer.

Meet The Students

Reporters, PR Specialists, and Copy Editors

Hendrix Magley

Hendrix Magley

Reporter

Hendrix is a junior majoring in news journalism. His favorite ride at the fair is the Sizzler and he craves saltwater taffy. View his articles.

Megan Melton

Megan Melton

Reporter

Megan Melton is a junior majoring in news. She loves spitting watermelon seeds in competitions and secretly hopes her mom will let her take a llama home. View her articles.

Kara Berg

Kara Berg

Reporter

Kara is a junior majoring in journalism news. Her favorite fair ride is the Ferris Wheel and she loves cotton candy. View her articles.

Dana Wireman

Dana Wireman

Public Relations

Dana is a junior majoring in public relations. Her favorite fair ride is the Ferris Wheel, her favorite food to get is a walking taco, and she loves her eight dogs.

Megan MontBlanc

Public Relations

Megan is a senior majoring in advertising and minoring in psychology. Her favorite ride is Zero Gravity and she can often be found sinking her teeth into a turkey leg.

Laura Arwood

Laura Arwood

Journalist

Laura is a junior majoring in news journalism and minoring in German. She loves to get lost in the house of mirrors. View her articles.

Sophie Gordon

Sophie Gordon

Reporter

Sophie is a sophomore majoring in journalism news and pre-media law. Her favorite ride is the Ferris Wheel and she has a sweet tooth for cotton candy and fried oreos. View her articles.

Daniel Brount

Daniel Brount

Copy Editor

Daniel is a senior majoring in creative writing. His favorite ride at the fair is the Ferris Wheel and he loves funnel cakes.

Kelsey Fox

Kelsey Fox

Public Relations

Kelsey is a junior majoring in public relations and minoring in marketing. She eats way too many elephant ears and gets queasy on the rides.

Joe Grove

Joe Grove

Reporter

Joe is a senior majoring in magazine media. He can often be found riding the John Deere tram eating deep-fried Snickers. View his articles.

Miller Kern

Miller Kern

Reporter

Miller is a sophomore majoring in magazine journalism. Her favorite ride at the fair is Zero Gravity and she loves eating elephant ears. View her articles.

Marley Vawter

Marley Vawter

Public Relations

Marley is a sophomore majoring in public relations. Her favorite ride is the Zero Gravity ride and she loves funnel cakes.

Sarah Deitz

Sarah Deitz

Public Relations

Sarah is a sophomore majoring in public relations. Her favorite ride at the fair is the Ferris Wheel and she loves to eat the deep fried Reese’s Cups.

Photographers and Videographers

Bre Daugherty

Bre Daugherty

Photographer

Bre is a junior who is majoring in photojournalism. This is her first time to the fair and she is astonished by the sheer amount of food.

Kaytee Lorentzen

Kaytee Lorentzen

Photographer

Kaytee is a continuing student who majored in journalism. Her favorite rides are anything that let her free fall and she craves funnel cakes.

Kelsey Anderson

Kelsey Anderson

Videographer

Kelsey is a junior majoring in telecommunications News. She enjoys riding the Ferris Wheel and she likes elephant ears.

Megan Hilaire

Megan Hilaire

Photographer

Megan is a junior majoring in photojournalism. Her favorite ride at the fair is Zero Gravity and she loves to eat elephant ears.

Alison Carroll

Alison Carroll

Photographer

Alison is a junior majoring in photojournalism. Her favorite ride is the Ferris Wheel and she loves deep fried oreos.

Janie Fulling

Janie Fulling

Videographer

Janie is a junior majoring in digital storytelling and cultural narratives. She is a veteran of the Indiana State Fair and loves eating at the Dairy Bar.

Allison Coffin

Allison Coffin

Photographer/Videographer

Allison is a junior majoring in photojournalism. She persists on telling people she has a pet unicorn despite no one believing her.

Sam Noble

Sam Noble

Videographer

Sam is a senior majoring in telecommunications. He has to limit how many deep fried oreos he eats because they make him queasy on rides.

Graphics and Web

Amanda Bailey

Amanda Bailey

Graphics

Amanda is a senior majoring in journalism graphics. Her favorite ride at the fair is the Ferris Wheel and she loves eating donut burgers.

Ashley Downing

Ashley Downing

Graphics

Ashley is a Junior majoring in Journalism Graphics. She hula hoops and spins fire (possibly at the same time) and likes eating elephant ears at the fair.

Drew Baker

Drew Baker

Webmaster

Drew is a fifth-year senior majoring in advertising. His favorite ride is the Kiddy Coaster and is he fascinated by all the oversized food.