Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Places you forgot you had been

It's interesting the things you find on the way to looking up other things.

I realized during a search recently that Google was archiving image files of newspaper stories, including some of the pieces during my years with The Associated Press as a newsman, correspondent and news editor in Indiana, Tennessee and New York.

Not included are the 560 columns for the Indianapolis Star from 2000-03, the enterprise work on Iraq War veterans from 2003-05 or the online work as an editor and multimedia producer for IndyStar.com from '05-08 before joining Ball State University.

These are mostly things from a time with the AP, when you kept a bag packed and could be sent out at moment's notice for a helicopter crash (Fort Campbell); fighter jet-into-a-hotel (Indy); Ryan White media circus and other national stories.

Here are some of those pieces. In our business, if you want to know something about the DNA of a reporter, it's helpful to go back and look at some of the things they've covered. To the extent that's helpful, here are some samples:

Prison riot at Pendleton

Two Black Hawk helicopters collide at Fort Campbell


McDonald's manager was killed after offering himself as a hostage during a robbery.

Air Force jet crashes into the Indy Ramada Inn

Three days on an Ohio River barge tow

Ryan White confronts fear and prejudice in his Indiana home town



Fort Campbell ceremony to honor the Gander crash victims

Talking to country singer Steve Earle in New York

Preview of the 1990 World Chess Championship in New York

My day with the mercenaries in the prison-break caper

Sent to a Klan rally in Tennessee: http://bit.ly/a96B1A

Horrendous Stan Fox crash at the start of the 1995 Indy 500

Plane crash that killed entire University of Evansville basketball team remembered

Meeting Lech Walesa in Poland

Two Crows Yates was a pretty cool guy. Remember the story of the frog sisters.

Cookie Man, the cab driver


Here's the Indy Star memo that Romenesko ran when I left the newspaper:

7/9/2008 2:47:55 PM

John Strauss leaves Indianapolis Star for Ball State job

From: Jon Sweeney/INI
To: StarNewsroom
Date: Monday, July 07, 2008 08:46PM
Subject: The Star’s loss is Ball State’s gain...

John Strauss, an editor on The Star’s Online desk, is leaving the newspaper to join the journalism faculty at Ball State University.

John has worked at The Star for 10 years, including stints as City Hall reporter, metro columnist, nonprofits reporter and as an enterprise reporter and “super GA,” traveling to Texas and Florida for the narrative story of a young Hoosier soldier’s recovery from wounds suffered in the Iraq War.

He was part of the team formed three years ago to enhance The Star’s online coverage, serving as the group’s multimedia editor and now as a content editor and as Sunday day city editor on the print side.

John was previously a supervising editor and correspondent for The Associated Press in Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee and New York City, and before that worked in local television as a reporter and weekend anchor.

At Ball State he will teach writing and reporting, and serve as faculty advisor to The Ball State Daily News, the school’s independent, student-run newspaper.

John starts in Muncie on Aug. 25. We’re still working out the timing of his departure from The Star, as well as the specifications for his sheet cake.

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