JOURNALISM DAY • March 25, 2019

Journalism Day, or J-Day, is a one-day workshop for middle and high school students as well as their advisers on Ball State University’s campus in Muncie, Indiana. 

Join us this spring on Monday, March 25, 2019.

Registration will open January 6, 2019.

The 2019 Program will be available here in Mid-February.

Introducing our 2019 Keynote Speaker: Mary Beth Tinker

This year’s theme, “Retro. Relevant.”, will feature keynote speaker Mary Beth Tinker.

In 1965, 13-year-old Mary Beth Tinker was suspended from school for wearing a black armband to mourn the deaths of those in the Vietnam War. Along with her fellow classmates, she decided to defend her First Amendment rights, a decision that led all the way to the Supreme Court. That landmark 1969 Tinker v Des Moines case ruled that neither teachers nor students “shed their constitutional rights … at the schoolhouse gate,” clarifying the impact of the First Amendment in schools. Now, Mary Beth promotes civics education and the rights of young people through her national “Tinker Tour.” This Spring, on the 50th anniversary of her landmark case, she’ll be visiting Ball State to share her experiences and advocate for student journalism and the free press.


Typical Schedule of Events:

8 a.m.: Check-In Opens at Emens

8:45 a.m.: Keynote Session Begins

10 a.m.: Session One Begins in Student Center

11 a.m.: Session Two Begins

12 p.m.: Session Three Begins

1 p.m. Session Four Begins

2019 J-Day Contests:

Stay tuned for more information about Journalism Day 2019 Contests.