What is Byte?
A part of Ball State University's award-winning College of Communication, Information, and Media, Byte is a student-run, multimedia coalition operating out of Ball State University's Unified Media Lab. Though mostly oriented toward Telecommunications and Journalism majors, Byte draws in students studying all sorts of disciplines ranging from Creative Writing to Computer Science and everything in between.
Student staff members work closely with the student-run editorial board to refine their skills and improve the quality of content produced for the organization. Byte is dedicated to providing the best in entertainment and pop culture-related content.
Byte achieves this excellence in the form of regularly produced news, reviews, features, graphics, podcasts, and videos. Student staff members work diligently to make sure readers get the best information and entertainment, all while providing student staff hands-on learning opportunities through the Department of Journalism.
Many members of the Byte staff have received awards from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association's Gold Circle awards for individual podcasts, reviews, news features, first-person experiences, and opinion pieces. Byte was also a recipient of the CSPA's 2019 Silver Crown Award and CSPA's 2020 Gold Crown Award in the Digital General Magazine.
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Kellyn is a sophomore at Ball State University studying Journalism and Telecommunications, with a concentration in News. Currently, she is the Editor-in-Chief of Byte, where she strives to help the organization continuously grow. When she is not working on new projects with her editors, she loves to write, be a guest on podcasts, make graphics, and take photos for the photojournalism section of Byte.Blake Chapman, Managing Editor (he/him) Blake is a junior journalism major with a minor in Japanese. He loves everything Byte covers and hopes to keep the organization steady as its managing editor for the 2020-2021 school year. Blake is from Aurora, Indiana and came to Ball State to grow his passion for writing and learn about the exciting opportunities for growth the university offers. Connor Tighe, Senior Reviews Editor (he/him) Conner Tighe is a senior journalism major with a concentration in magazine media and a creative writing minor. In the fall of 2020, he became the senior reviews editor for Byte in the 2020-2021 school year. He grew up in Muncie for much of his life. He believes in writing stories that compel others to think and embrace an ever-changing world. Arianna Sergio, Senior Features Editor (she/her) Arianna Sergio is a junior journalism major with a concentration in magazine media and a minor in creative writing and theatre. In the spring of 2020 she became the Senior Features Editor for the 2020-2021 school year. She fell in love with writing at a young age and knew that she wanted to have that as her future career. She came to Ball State to further her media knowledge. Haley Wade, Senior Copy Editor (she/her) Haley Wade is a junior journalism and telecommunications major, with a double minor in German and professional writing. She is the Senior Copy Editor for the 2020-2021 school year, and is from Fort Wayne, Indiana. In her free time she loves hanging with friends, working in clubs, writing/reading and caring for her betta fish, Calypso! Evan Fischer, Senior Video Producer (he/him) Evan Fischer is a Senior telecommunications major with a minor in screenwriting and Japanese. In the fall of 2019 he became the Senior Video Producer. He is from Huntsville, Alabama and came to Ball state for the telecommunications program. Shwetha Sundarrajan, Podcast Editor (she/her) Shwetha Sundarrajan is a junior journalism major with a double minor in creative writing and film & screenwriting. She is the Podcast Editor for the 2020-21 school year and is the host of the Coven. Shwetha loves writing, boxing, and going on long walks. You can find her on twitter @fengshwe. Adele Reich, Photojournalism Editor (she/her) Adele Reich is a sophomore journalism and telecommunications major with a minor in film and screenwriting. In the spring of 2020 she became the Photojournalism Editor for the 2020-2021 school year. She is from Carmel, Indiana and came to Ball State because of the media programs and exciting opportunities.
Head shots courtesy of Adele Reich