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Department of Journalism
Art and Journalism Building (AJ), room 300
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306
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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.
Professor Strauss's research
interests include new-media business development, social media engagement
strategies, video content production on mobile devices and distance learning.
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.
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