Jessica Sparks is a former political reporter from Indianapolis, Ind. She received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from Ball State University in Muncie, Ind. She was a Back to the Newsroom Fellow in summer 2014, when she worked in the Wall Street Journal newsroom. She has done work for numerous publications including The Herald Bulletin in Anderson, Ind., AnnArbor.com, CNN.com, Indianapolis Monthly, Hilton Head Monthly, The Island Packet, The Beaufort Gazette, Bluffton Today and the Savannah Morning News.
gender issues in journalism, immersive learning through student media outlets, social media use and engagement
MA, Digital Storytelling - Ball State Univeristy
BS, Journalism - Ball State University
Awards & Honors
Name: Back in the Newsroom Fellow
Organization: International Center for Journalists
One of five professors nationwide chosen to be embedded in a professional newsroom for 10 weeks. I worked for an interactive department at the Wall Street Journalism on its Numbers blog.
Name: First Place Debut Research
Organization: Broadcast Education Association
Main author of a paper about women in broadcast newsrooms. Presented paper at BEA conference in Las Vegas in 2010.
Name: First Place- Non-deadline news reporting 2007
Organization: Indiana Associated Press Managing Editors
Helped develop and report a special section on gas prices in 2007 with the rest of the reporting staff at The Herald Bulletin. Winning piece titled “20 Questions: How can I save on gasoline?”