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Bio Image Adam M. Maksl

Adam M. Maksl

Assistant Professor of Journalism
Horizon Advisor
Phone: (812) 941-2892
Office Location: CV 009

Academic Background

University of Missouri
Degree: Doctor of Philosophy
Major: Journalsim
Ball State University
Degree: Masters of Art
Major: Journalism
Indiana University - Bloomington
Country: United States
Degree: Bachelor of Science
Major: Secondary English Education
Minor: Journalism Education


Adam Maksl teaches journalism and advises the newspaper at Indiana University Southeast. He has also taught college journalism at the University of Missouri and Ball State University.

Maksl’s work – in teaching, research and service – focuses primarily on youth media and media literacy. A former youth journalist himself, he regularly speaks to student journalists and their advisers. Most recently, he has taught for as well as directed programs designed to help high school publications use multimedia storytelling tools to better report on their communities and engage readers.

Maksl’s research has been published in journalism and journalism education journals. He is currently serving as research chair of the Scholastic Journalism Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Maksl worked briefly as a high school journalism teacher, and for four years he was assistant director of Ball State’s Journalism Workshops office, where he ran outreach programs and did some PR/marketing for the BSU journalism department.

Professional Interests

  • Communication law and ethics
  • Journalism as a social institution
  • Social media and reader engagement
  • Scholastic journalism and journalism education at the high school and college levels. In particular, my research in this area focuses on freedom of expression for the school press.
  • News literacy. My research in this area focuses on understanding how youth and young adults develop knowledge of media industries and motivations for news consumption.