Cardinal Communications Receives 3 Awards at Hoosier PRSA Ceremony

Cardinal Communications, a student-run communications agency in Ball State University’s Department of Journalism, received three awards at the Hoosier PRSA Chapter Awards Ceremony. This was the best showing in the three years that the agency has entered the competition and the first time one received a “Best in Show” designation. Cardinal Communication submitted three entries and they received awards for all of them.

The competition was open to all colleges and universities in the state. Besides Cardinal Communications, Purdue received two awards.

The awards were judged by a California PRSA chapter and the student work was assessed against the same standards at the professional entries. Each entry is evaluated on its own merit and the award levels are based on the number of points they receive: judges are not required to give awards if entries don’t meet the criteria. Thus, it’s truly a sound validation of the quality of the students’ work to receive the awards.

Best in Show: Yorktown Fire Department Video


YFD is a volunteer fire department that protects the Yorktown and Mt. Pleasant Township areas. Cardinal Communications researched different types of smoke detectors to develop and created an informational video for the YFD community addressing the purpose of and facts about smoke detectors. Click here to view the video.

Awards of Honor: Cardinal Communications “House Rules”

The house rules program improved internal relations by creating a core set of guiding principles. The house rules and collateral materials helped inform internal audiences on Cardinal Communications’ purpose and created a unified vision for 81 members. Click here to explore the house rules.

Awards of Honor: Martin Luther King Dream Team Crisis Communications

On Nov. 11, 2016, the MLKDT discovered its Freedom Bus was vandalized. The account team helped coordinate communication between the client and media outlets to share the story and rally support for the Freedom Bus.