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On-The-Scene Reporting

On-The-Scene Reporting

Brandon Pope is a junior undergraduate student at Ball State University. He majors in both Telecommunications and Journalism.

America is a nation comprised of more than 308 million human beings (2010 census). That’s over 308 million stories just waiting to be told! As a young journalist, Brandon Pope learns something new everyday from his work and interactions with those he interviews and covers for stories. Capturing human emotion through video, still photography, rich text, and even social media has helped Pope treat everyday as a class. Everyday in the field, a lesson learned. 

A large part of that learning experience is student media. Brandon Pope is an Anchor, Reporter, and Sports Producer for News Link Indiana, a Nightly News Broadcast for Delaware County. He has served as a reporter for Ball State Sports Link, an immersive learning project from Ball State University. The program does sports production with work distrbuted out to FOX Sports and ESPN U. Sports Link is also in charge of March Madness Live for Turner Sports and the NCAA.

Brandon Pope also works as a reporter, anchor, and sports producer for WCRD 91.3 FM.  Pope is currently in his second year as President of the National Association of Black Journalists at Ball State University and his second year working with professionals in the field in the NABJ Media Monitoring Committee. 

Perhaps Brandon Pope’s most ambitious effort was the launch of a new campus media organization on the Ball State Campus, The Voice. Pope serves as Editor-in-Chief for the online multimedia news magazine, expanding his knowledge of different platforms for content creation.


Storytelling is Brandon Pope’s passion.

That passion developed early in high school for him. In those 4 years alone, Pope encountered so many outstanding profiles of endurance, courage, and human empathy.

Michael Wilbon

Brandon Pope in The London Media Centre with ESPN columnist and former NABJ member Michael Wilbon

Brandon Pope’s work has been widely received in the state of Indiana. In 2010, his profile on a mixed martial artist with cerebral palsy received the “Best Documentary” award in the Phantoscope Film Competition. In the same year, he placed 3rd in the state for Sports Play-by-play in the Indiana Association Of School Broadcasters competition. While at Ball State, he has learned the skills necessary to tell stories from many different perspectives. For his efforts in student media, Pope was deemed the Ball State National Association Of Black Journalists Member of the Year by the College Of Communications, Information, and Media. Pope was also an anchor and reporter for two news team that won a College Emmys for “Best TV Newscast.” Brandon Pope has also been recognized for his positive impact on the Ball State University campus, being awarded “Most Valuable Student Leader” by the Ball State Office of Orientation and Admission in 2012. Pope was even featured on The Oprah Winfrey Network’s Super Soul Sunday Facebook page


In the Summer of 2012, Brandon Pope traveled to the London Olympics for an immersive learning project with Ball State University. He told stories of olympic athletes through video, audio, text, photo, and other media platforms. 

His work has even taken him to Chicago for LIVE coverage of the 2012 Presidential Campaign on election day.

On this site you can find Brandon Pope’s resume and work samples. You can also contact and connect with him. 

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