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College of Communication

Student Media

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Equip yourself for success in today’s media market through our multi-faceted, award-winning, student-operated media enterprises.

The Butler Collegian

Established in 1886, the newspaper’s award-winning print edition reflects a modern-day Collegian while still maintaining the paper's historical character. A nationally recognized student newspaper, The Butler Collegian was named the nation’s Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper (small) for 2012 by the Society of Professional Journalists and earned the highest national award given to student publications, The Pacemaker, in 2011. For two consecutive years (2011 and 2012), The Collegian was selected as the Best All-Around Non-Daily Newspaper in region 5 (Indiana, Kentucky and Illinois) by the Society of Professional Journalists and Division II Newspaper of the Year by the Indiana Collegiate Press Association

The Collegian was honored with its first national Investigative Reporters & Editors award in 2014. The 2013 award-winning story was the result of a three-month investigation that used South African court records, documents from Wikileaks and sources in South Africa. In the last three years alone, the paper earned more than 100 state, regional and national awards for its campus coverage, including more than 40 first place awards.

The newspaper’s online counterpart, The Butler Collegian Online, features interactive, specialized and constantly changing content, drawing in local, national and international readers. Its standout campus coverage has received numerous citations by College Media Matters, the leading student journalism industry blog.

The Collegian is produced by the student journalists of Butler University. Its staff is made up of reporters and editors with various majors, including journalism. Each semester, The Collegian staff recruits new members—all Butler students are encouraged to apply regardless of class year.

Collegian staffers have completed or are completing internships at the Cincinnati Enquirer, Daily Oklahoman, NCAA, National Geographic magazine, The Hill newspaper (Washington, D.C.), Weekly Standard (Washington, D.C.), Wisconsin State Journal, Louisville Magazine, Indianapolis Monthly, Indianapolis Business Journal, Evansville Courier & Press, The Jasper Herald, The Elkhart Truth, The Jeffersonville News and Report and several other local and national outlets. In addition, they have completed investigative reporting workshops and their work has been published in national news outlets, including The New York Times.

Butler Beat

The Butler Beat is a perfect example of our hands-on learning philosophy which has helped Butler alums get jobs in front of the camera and behind the camera for decades. The Butler Beat is a weekly news and interview program featuring stories about news and entertainment on Butler’s campus. 

The Butler Beat program is wholly anchored and produced by Butler sophomores, juniors and seniors. The anchors rotate each week to ensure that everyone gets that experience. All of the video content on the program is shot and edited by Butler journalism students and the scripts for each story are written by Butler journalism students. These students also participate in weekly story meetings where story ideas are discussed amongst their peers. The experience is designed to give students an idea of what working in a starter market is like.

This approach is what has earned Butler a reputation of graduating students who are immediately ready to start working in television newsrooms across the country. There is very likely a Butler alum working at a TV station in a market near you. Having so many of our journalism graduates working professionally also enhances the list of job and internship contacts for each of our students advancing through the ranks.

Students from all class standings may participate in producing sports webcasts in football, volleyball, men’s and women's soccer, and women’s basketball that air for free on is a student-produced sports media outlet that focuses on Butler sports coverage. The site showcases game recaps and previews, player profiles, video packages, and photo galleries. In addition, is the home for our coaches show (The Press Pass) and our weekly sports highlights & features show (The Bark).

Indy Blue Video

Indy Blue Video is a full-service video production house led by Butler University’s College of Communication. Our team of talented students provide affordable production services to a wide variety of clients ranging from non-for-profit organizations and local businesses to Butler University faculty and colleges.

Students are directed by industry professionals and given valuable, firsthand experience producing unique content for real world clients. Whether you have a passion for producing, editing, shooting, writing, or designing motion graphics, Indy Blue Video welcomes all CCOM students to join the team and begin growing their portfolio today for the career they want tomorrow.

Learn more about Indy Blue Video