Eleven journalism students from Ball State University will operate a news agency at Indiana Black Expo’s Summer Celebration starting July 9.

All content – text, photos and videos – are available for free use by any news organization.

Coverage will start with advance stories available July 3 and continue through the end of the event July 19.

Editors can access the content at http://bsuibe.weebly.com.

Students will cover a variety of topics – Youth Leadership Summit, celebrity basketball games, hair-braiding demonstrations and much more – live from the event.

This immersive learning experience is a full-credit class that gives the students real-world experience in news coverage.

Editors are asked to ensure content creators receive credit.

These advance stories will be posted at http://bsuibe.weebly.com starting July 3:

• History of Indiana Black Expo: timeline (print) and interactive (web). Web will include a Spotify link, where listeners can hear songs from musicians scheduled to perform at Expo this year.

• Impact of Black Expo’s Summer Celebration – cultural, economic, etc. – on community.

• What’s new this year? Music previews, efforts to increase attendance, exhibit of Pulitizer Prize-winning photos taken of Selma to Montgomery march.

• The Ten Point Coalition and its Faith Patrol, an effort to curb youth violence during the event

For more information, contact Ball State instructor Kathy Jesse at kjesse@bsu.edu.