I'm Adam Maksl.

Journalism Prof EdTech Pro News Literacy Researcher

More About Me

Let me introduce myself.

Profile Picture

I'm a technology fan. I believe technology can help people stay informed about and connected to the wider world.  But as educators, we must design experiences that focus on our goals and outcomes, rather than adopt technology for technology's sake. 

I believe in the power of storytelling -- in media and in education -- because stories help us learn and connect. 

I believe that in a democracy, education and journalism both can play essential roles in social advancement and progress.


An applied academic.

I've always been interested in how journalism and education mix, especially in digital environments.  In teaching, research, and service, I've placed myself at the nexus of media, education, and technology.

Academic Appointments

Faculty Fellow for eLearning Design & Innovation

July 2019 - Present

Indiana University (Learning Technologies division of University Information Technology Services) 

I bring a faculty perspective to support IU Online priority programs and courses, and help IU faculty in designing, developing and promoting more innovative ways to teach at IU, especially in online and hybrid modalities. I'm charged with helping connect faculty with peer institutions, educational technology vendors/solutions, and others who support innovative teaching and learning.

Associate Professor of Journalism and Media (with Tenure)

July 2018 - Present

Journalism & Media Program Coordinator

July 2016 - June 2019

Director of Student Media

August 2012 - June 2019

Assistant Professor of Journalism and Media

August 2012 - June 2018

Indiana University Southeast (School of Social Sciences)

I teach courses focused on digital journalism, including multimedia storytelling, audio storytelling, social media strategies and online journalism. I focus on journalism innovation, including interactive graphics, immersive video, and other tech/tools. I also regularly teach communication law. 

I've developed and taught 10 courses, including six of those courses as fully online. Three of my online courses are Quality Matters certified, and another two will undergo QM review soon.        

My research focuses on news and media literacy. My work has been published in top-rated journals including Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly; Journalism & Mass Communication Educator; the Journal of Media Literacy Education; Electronic News; and Cyberpsychology, Behavior & Social Networking. I am the co-author of a book focused on news and media literacy, "American Journalism and Fake News: Examining the Facts."

I served as coordinator for the Journalism & Media Program from July 2016 to June 2019, leading a faculty of three full-timers and several adjuncts, including working on scheduling, program assessment, program development, marketing/development, and other program administrative issues.     

I was also director of student media from August 2012 to June 2019, where I directed business operations and advised students on editorial decisions for Horizon Media, including a newspaper/news website and internet radio station.  

Graduate Instructor

August 2009 - July 2012

University of Missouri (School of Journalism)

I taught as instructor-of-record four different courses, including a large-lecture Principles of American Journalism class and several sections of online graduate-level courses for high school journalism teachers working on their Master's in Journalism Education.

Instructor of Journalism

July 2007 - July 2009

Assistant Director of Journalism Workshops

July 2007 - July 2009

Ball State University (Department of Journalism)

I taught journalistic writing and editing courses.

I also helped develop and coordinate journalism workshops and other large-scale journalism education events for high school students and teachers. Part of these duties included general public relations and marketing work for the Department of Journalism.


Ph.D. in Journalism


University of Missouri (School of Journalism)

Dissertation: On parents, peers, administrators, and advisers: Developing a system to understand self-censorship of controversial topics in the high school press.

Master of Arts in Journalism


Ball State University (Department of Journalism)

Thesis: The road to scholastic press freedom: A survey of Midwestern high school newspaper advisers to determine the effects adviser backgrounds and school demographics have on student press freedom.

Bachelor of Science in Education


Indiana University-Bloomington (School of Education)

Focus: Journalism Education (major) and English Education (minor) Licensed to teach secondary journalism and English in Indiana

Research, Presentations, & Awards

Selected Research


Journal Articles

  • Vraga, E., Tully, M., Maksl, A., Craft, S., & Ashley, S. (2020). Theorizing news literacy behaviors. Communication Theory. DOI:10.1093/ct/qtaa005.
  • Craft, S., Ashley, S., & Maksl, A. (2017). News media literacy and conspiracy theory endorsement. Communication and the Public, 2(4), 388-401, DOI:10.1177/2057047317725539.
  • Ashley, S., Maksl, A., & Craft, S. (2017). News media literacy and political engagement: What’s the connection? Journal of Media Literacy Education, 9(1), 79 -98.
  • Maksl, A., Ashley, S., Craft, S., & Miller, D. (2017). The usefulness of a news media literacy measure in evaluating a news literacy curriculum. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, 72(2), 228-241, DOI: 10.1177/1077695816651970.
  • Craft, S., Ashley, S., & Maksl, A. (2016). Elements of news literacy: A focus group study of how teenagers define news and why they consume it. Electronic News, 10(3), 143-160.DOI: 10.1177/1931243116656716.
  • Maksl, A., Ashley, S., & Craft, S. (2015). Measuring news media literacy. Journal of Media Literacy Education, 6(3), 29-45.

Looking for more research? Download my full CV.

Selected Recent Presentations



  • June 2019 — "Real News vs. Fake News" Panel, IUS Civic Engagement Series event, sponsored by the School of Social Sciences and the New Albany-Floyd County Public Library
  • March 2019 — "Structural issues in news literacy" keynote and digital tools breakout session, Media Literacy in the Secondary School Workshop, Indiana University Bloomington Media School

Looking for more presentations? Download my full CV.

Selected Awards & Honors

Regional/National Awards and Recognition

Campus- and University-Level Awards & Honors

Looking for more awards, recognition, & certifications? Download my full CV.


Let's share ideas.

Where to find me

Crestview Hall 009
4201 Grant Line Road
New Albany, Indiana 47150

Email Me At


Call Me At

Phone: (812) 941-2892