Department of Journalism

John Strauss


AJ 278f  Phone: 765-285-8218  

Department of Journalism
Art and Journalism Building (AJ), room 300
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Educational Background:
MA Telecommunications-Digital Storytelling, Ball State University
BBA Marketing, University of Notre Dame

John Strauss teaches journalism at Ball State University and serves as adviser to the Daily News student newspaper.  He is a former Associated Press correspondent and editor in New York, Tennessee, Indiana and Kentucky who also worked at The Indianapolis Star as a City Hall reporter and digital-news editor on the paper’s website. He’s also a former local television reporter and anchor who’s still in broadcasting as producer of “Indiana Weekend,” a weekly magazine show on five NPR-member stations in East Indiana. Strauss is a specialist in “backpack journalism” – the practice of updating news websites from the field with text, photos and multimedia using portable digital gear.  He has presented to media groups in New York, New Mexico and Indiana, as well as the Society of Professional Journalists national conference in Washington, the Poynter Institute in St. Petersburg, Fla., and in Maine; St. Louis, South Dakota and Vermont.

Teaching/Research/Creative/Publication Interests: 
Professor Strauss's research interests include new-media business development, social media engagement strategies, video content production on mobile devices and distance learning.

Professional/Research/Creative/Publication Career Highlights:
Strauss is a frequent presenter and consultant to industry groups, especially on the use of "light video" tools to quickly create multimedia news content from the field. On the business side, he's studying Narrative Video Ads to help boost online revenue for websites.   

He is faculty adviser to the Ball State Daily News, which competes each year with the top student newspapers in the country and has been recognized repeatedly as among the best in the nation. In 2014 the Daily News won the Gold Crown Award, the highest honor for general excellence from the Columbia Scholastic Press Association. Eleven times in the past 19 years the students have won or been finalists for the coveted Pacemaker Award – the highest by Associated Collegiate Press, the oldest and largest national membership organization for college student journalists.   

Strauss produces a magazine show on Indiana Public Radio, Indiana Weekend, which serves as a testing ground for audio production techniques and multimedia content development. In 2014, Indiana Weekend was named the state's Best Public Affairs Radio Program by the  Indiana Associated Press Broadcasters Association. It also won Best Use of Radio Sound. In 2013, the show won first place for Best Documentary Radio from the Society of Professional Journalists.   

While news editor for the AP in Indiana, Strauss won the AP's National Enterprise Reporting Award for leading a team that built a database of all 14,000 campaign contributions to state lawmakers in a single election cycle for a project on special-interest funding.