Juli Metzger

Juli Metzger

Lecturer of Journalism


Room:AJ 300

Educational Background:
MS Information and Communication Sciences, Ball State University, 1988
BA Journalism, Ball State University, 1985

Professional Experience:  
Juli Metzger has more than 25 years experience as a journalist, and is a three-time executive editor and three-time publisher. Her most recent position in industry was in 2011, as executive editor for digital at the Indianapolis Star, where she oversaw the company’s websites, worked with a team to create strategies to drive online traffic, mobile initiatives and social media engagement. At the same time, she also was a regional director for the Gannett Company, with responsibilities and oversight of niche publications in Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin.   

Juli is a journalism instructor and coordinator of Unified Media for the College of Communication, Information and Media at Ball State University. She was inducted in Ball State University’s Center for Information and Communication Sciences Hall of Fame in 2005 and awarded the Department of Journalism's President's Award in 2014 in recognition of "extraordinary service" to the Journalism Alumni Society and the Department of Journalism. She also owns a niche publishing and social media company – The JMetzger Group – specializing in story telling for custom audiences. The boutique content branding company explores new uses of emerging media techniques to grow interest and engagement among targeted audiences for clients ranging from fields like health care, banking and community economic development. Juli has been a media consultant for a number of newspapers including St. Louis Post Dispatch, the Oklahoman and NewsOK.com.

Teaching/Research/Creative/Publication Interests:    
Professor Metzger's research interests include emerging media, digital presentations, news consumption habits, journalism, analytics, new media business models, and social media. 

Professional/Research/Creative/Publication Career Highlights:      
Juli was one of Gannett’s standout editors for more than 20 years, cited as the company’s Editor of the Year in 2000 and winner of Chairman’s awards in 2005 and 2009. Juli and news organizations under her direction have been cited by the Associated Press Managing Editors for outstanding public service journalism, the Scripps Howard Foundation with its National Journalism Award, the Knight Foundation for public service journalism, and by state press associations in Vermont, Ohio, Indiana, and Louisiana. As a journalism professor, Juli has worked with Afghan professors as part of a U.S. State Department grant to bring greater understanding of journalism and emerging media techniques to universities across Afghanistan.   

From 2012-2014, she oversaw a $4 million build-out of the Unified Media Lab, a multimedia, cross-platform space serving interdepartmental students in the College of Communication, Information and Media. Students from print, broadcast, and digital platforms collaborate on story ideas and how best to present the stories based on the content, not the platform. Unified Media equips students with storytelling experience needed to be marketable in a competitive and changing media industry. Graduates from the program are prepared to lead the transformation of news and information industries.

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Advanced Newswriting 413 1 1600 - 1650 M W AJ, room 341
Advanced Newswriting 413 2 1200 - 1250 M W AJ, room 326
Journ Storytelling: 105 1 1100 - 1215 T R AJ, room 225
Journ Storytelling: 105 2 1700 - 1815 M W AJ, room 339
Specialty Reporting 418 1 0930 - 1020 T R LB, room 112