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We'll learn about you and your priorities and put our expertise to work on your behalf. It's about customizing a solution for you.
It is more than the title you hold or the number of years you've been on the job. It's about inspiring excellence.
The JMG & SMOJOS teams
Juli Metzger // Principal
Over the past 25 years, Juli Metzger has been a journalist, publisher, CEO, coach, trainer and teacher. She’s been a consultant to numerous companies looking for a deep dive into their portfolios and business strategies. She’s a motivational leader who knows how to leverage multimedia communications. A former Editor-of-the-Year for the Gannett Company, she has led nationally recognized newsrooms and launched custom publications such as magazines, newspapers and specialty websites.
Juli has a unique blend of specialties and expertise. She started her career as a news reporter then went on to lead news operations including small- and mid-sized dailies and was Executive Editor for Digital at The Indianapolis Star. She’s also seen the business side of the media business as president and publisher of three different newspapers and understands the balance of editorial independence and ROI.
Tim Underhill // Videographer
Tim Underhill has worked for network television affiliates in Rockford, Illinois; Grand Rapids, Michigan; and Indianapolis, Indiana. He continues to keep up to date by freelancing for various networks. Tim’s work has appeared several national and regional networks including, ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, ESPN, The Big Ten Network and FOX. He has covered the Indianapolis 500, Brickyard 400, NBA playoffs, Pan Am Games, NCAA championships, the World Basketball Championships, NFL Monday Night Football plus other college and professional sporting events. Tim’s work has earned awards from many of those same organizations including NPPA, AP, and the Emmy Awards.
John Strauss // Writer
Host of Indiana Public Radio's Indiana Weekend, John Strauss is a college journalism instructor and longtime Indiana reporter who likes finding stories off the beaten path. He’s a former AP correspondent in Indiana, Tennessee, Kentucky and New York, whose last professional assignment was with The Indianapolis Star as a digital-news and weekend city editor. John now teaches journalism at Ball State University and serves as adviser to the student-run Daily News.
John Metzger // Principal
John Metzger is a problem-solver, whether it's in his woodshop building furniture using re-purposed material, designing a uniquely targeted ad, or trouble-shooting pre-press production issues. An expert in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop, he's a builder and an artist first and foremost. John has worked in media across three states in capacities including editorial, sales, marketing and production. He understands the processes from concept to distribution.
Maria Strauss // Photographer
Maria Strauss is a photojournalist with experience in photo, video, print journalism and television production. She's worked at two newspapers and loves fashion photography. Maria begins graduate studies in the fall.
Adam Sturm // Photo & Video
Designer by day, husband by night, Adam Sturm is the founder of Seegull Media, a full-service media and graphics company with focus on design, photography and video product services. After getting his Bachelor's of Arts in Telecommunications at Ball State University, Adam moved to New York City where he honed his talents as a photographer and videographer. He moved to Indiana when he met his wife, Jennifer, and is based out of Indianapolis.
Chris Bergin // Photographer
Chris Bergin, an award-winning editorial and corporate photographer based in Indianapolis, has a degree in photojournalism from Ball State University in Muncie. His work has been published in Sports Illustrated, People Magazine, MSNBC.com, USA Today, New York Times, Washington Post and Indianapolis Star.
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