John Beale teaches introductory and advanced courses in photojournalism.
Because his students will work in the evolving communications industry, Beale's courses place an emphasis on active learning in an environment that’s in constant change.
Beale works with local and national media, completing projects that are published in University and regional publications. He and his colleagues have led groups of students to cover assignments that include Pope Francis’ visit to Washington, D.C., the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, the historic baseball game when Penn State traveled to Cuba, Penn State football in Ireland, and international reporting trips to China and Panama.
Prior to coming to Penn State, he worked as a staff photographer and chief photographer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Beale’s photojournalism, including assignments for The Associated Press, has been widely published on websites and in newspapers, magazines, and books.
Beale is a founding faculty member and coordinator of Penn State's Keystone Multimedia Workshop. In 2011 and 2012 he served as director of Penn State’s Institute for High School Journalists. He is currently a board member of the Associated Press Photo Managers.
In 2017, Beale was one of six professors university-wide to be awarded the George W. Atherton Award for Excellence in Teaching. In 2010 he received the College of Communications Deans’ Excellence Award for Integrated Scholarship. He has been honored with numerous regional and national awards, including the Community Service Photojournalism Award from the American Society of News Editors and photo of the year by the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
In 2001 he served as a Journalist in Residence at Penn State. He previously taught photojournalism at Point Park University. Beale is a Distinguished Alumnus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania.
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