I’m a journalist/reporter, photojournalist, photographer and videographer who has contributed to publications that include Valley News, Riverside County News Source, The Valley Chronicle, Scienceblogs, Vice UK, Gizmodo, newsgroups for Hemet and San Jacinto, CA and have fed footage to mainstream media for use in coverage of newsworthy events as a freelancer working with the stringer organization, OnScene.
I write stories for my own website which include video reports; I have also hosted online cooking shows on my own youtube channel and have contributed to other online shows as well.
I have a degree in network engineering and have worked in information technology for ten years. Most of my other skills are self taught; including journalism, photography, culinary arts and videography. I am one of those people who are hungry for knowledge and believe that your work speaks more for your credibility than a piece of paper hanging from a wall. Some people call me a jack of all trades. In a way this is true; I am a jack of all trades but a master of none; for no matter how specialized one can be in a particular area; there is always more to learn.
Sure; choosing a specialization and acquiring a degree is a positive thing; but sometimes not the best. I discovered this working in information technology. I learned after many years that although my IT work was excellent; it was not something I loved. I now cultivate my passions and work on what I cherish and enjoy. I also have a unique life story. I turned around negative issues in my life into something positive, and this has given me the opportunity to help others; become a better man; and be a valuable asset within my community.
The stories I report on vary depending upon what I find interesting to write about; speak about on camera; or photograph. I specialize in crime reporting and showing the people the great work our law enforcement, fire and emergency responders do on a daily basis. In today’s world filled with public distrust in law enforcement; I find this style or reporting of particular importance.
I tested positive in 2011 after learning that my partner, Jessica, was living with HIV. Although she did not disclose to me her status, I never held it against her. Shortly after, I discovered the dissident movement (commonly known as HIV/AIDS denialists) and became a strong voice for them because I honestly believed that what they spoke of was genuine.
After watching my partner falling ill twice and almost dying the second time because of PCP (pneumocystis pneumonia) and accepting a treatment to avoid mother to child transmission of HIV when she became pregnant with our son Dominic (who was born negative), I cannot deny that there is something making people ill and the HIV medicines do save lives. Also, recent studies have proven that being on treatment renders it impossible to transmit HIV to others.
I now advocate for the people who are suffering because of HIV/AIDS in the hope that I may make a difference. While I was misguided in following the denialists and their beliefs which at the time sounded very convincing, I do what I can now to turn my negative experience into a positive one which possibly may help others from making the same mistakes my partner and I made by becoming entrenched into the denialist dogma.
“When you have been insulted, cursed, or persecuted by someone, do not think of what has happened to you, but of what will come from it, and you will see that your insulter has become the cause of many benefits to you, not only in this age, but in that which is to come.”
NO SHAME OF BEING HIV POSITIVE!
Copyright 2016, John Strangis