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The Ball State Daily News
Art and Journalism Building Room 278
Muncie, IN 47306-0001
Brooke Kemp is a junior journalism and telecommunications news with two minors: creative writing and professional writing and emerging Media. She is from Muncie, Indiana, and came to Ball State to pursue her passion for writing and sharing other’s stories. During the 2017-18 school year, Kemp was the features editor at The Daily News, and during the Fall 2018 semester she held the position of managing editor.
Interim news editor
Andrew Harp is a senior majoring in news journalism with a minor in marketing from Noblesville, Indiana. Harp worked as a news reporter for The Ball State Daily News starting Spring 2017 and became assistant news editor Fall 2018. Harp is now the interim news editor, where he continues to write and edit stories and lead a team of reporters. He enjoys working with his team to craft the best possible stories for the Ball State community.
Tier Morrow is a sophomore double majoring in journalism with a concentration in magazine media and English studies. She is from Warsaw, Indiana. During the 2017-18 school year, Morrow started as a reporter for the features section of The Daily News, but was promoted to assistant features editor in the spring semester. This year, Morrow has taken on the role of features editor. Morrow began writing journalistically her freshman year of high school and has since found her passion for finding unique stories within everyone.
Assistant features editor
Nicole Thomas is a sophomore majoring in magazine media journalism with minors in French and creative writing. She is from Indianapolis, Indiana. During the 2017-18 school year, she was a features reporter. Currently, she is the assistant features editor. She enjoys being a journalist because she loves to listen to people’s stories and then share those stories with other people through writing.
Jack Williams is a junior journalism major and sports studies minor from Arlington Heights, Illinois. Before becoming sports editor, he was the beat writer for the gymnastics, field hockey and softball teams. Williams is also the men’s basketball and secondary football beat writer. Through his work, Williams hopes to tell the stories that need to be told and write the stories that go beyond the court.
Assistant sports editor
Zach Piatt is a sophomore journalism major with a minor in sports studies. He grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and went to Northrop High School where he was introduced to journalism. Piatt began his writing career for The Ball State Daily News as a sports features reporter and currently covers football, men’s basketball and baseball. Piatt believes everyone has a story that matters and is proud to have the privilege of telling those stories.
Demi Lawrence is a sophomore news journalism major and political science minor from Fishers, Indiana. In the past, she was a columnist for the opinion section as well as a features reporter. She loves being a journalist because she gets to tell all kinds of stories. She values truth above all else, and as a journalist she enjoys helping people become more informed and better citizens.
Rebecca Slezak is a sophomore photojournalism major and biology minor. Slezak began her freshman year as a photographer for the paper. She feels it is a privilege to take a glance into another person’s life and see a reality she might not have otherwise had the opportunity to experience. Slezak also believes images have the power to unite us all in by giving others the chance to experience a subject’s struggles, times of celebration and everything in between.
Jake Helmen is a junior telecommunications major with a minor in marketing from Carmel, Indiana. He started as a video reporter in 2016 where he learned almost everything he knows about video. He has been absolutely enveloped by sound and music for many years and recently taken a special love for video and filmmaking. Helmen has been part of countless films and is passionate about creating stories in a medium that goes beyond written word.
Social media editor
Lauren Owens is a graduate student at Ball State working toward her MBA. Owens received her bachelor’s in journalism and telecommunications from Ball State in Dec. 2018. She grew up on a farm in Scipio, Indiana (population 153). She is a strong believer in the use of social media to reach the public, and is passionate about spreading news in the digital world. She feels stories need to be told, and using social media is the best way to have those stories be heard.
Michael Himes is a junior computer science major from Albany, Indiana. This is his first position at The Ball State Daily News. As web developer, he works with the design team, as well as reporters, to make web pages for in-depth stories and special projects. When he graduates, Himes wants to return to Ball State for his master's degree and eventually become a programer.
Madison Freestone is a junior journalism news major minoring in history. Her love of journalism began on a high school field trip to the IndyStar. She believes that everyone has a story worth hearing and that journalism is the key to a well-informed public. Freestone commutes from her hometown of Anderson, Indiana, and enjoys reading, playing video games and painting in her free time.
Emily Wright is a junior journalism graphics major with a minor in graphic arts technology. She grew up in Thorntown, Indiana, and came to Ball State to share her love for all things art and design through storytelling. Wright started working at The Daily News as a page designer during the Fall 2016 semester. She also worked as the design editor during the Fall 2018 semester before she was promoted to the position of creative director. In her current position, she oversees all design-related project and works closely with reporters, photographers, editors and designers alike.