Professor of Journalism
MS Journalism, University of Oregon, 1994, graduated with honors
BA Sociology, Miami University, 1974
Mark Massé has more than 40 years’ professional experience as a freelance writer, public affairs specialist and communications consultant. His background includes positions at ad/PR agencies, educational establishments and government organizations. He also operated his own executive writing and consulting firm (Words that Work) from 1988 until 1992, when he entered graduate school.
Professor Massé’s academic specializations include literary journalism and the teaching of writing. A faculty member in the Department of Journalism at Ball State University since 1996, he was founding director of the Journalism Writing Center from 2001 until 2016 and served as graduate studies director for the M.A., Journalism and Public Relations programs from 2011 until 2015. For the last 20 years, he has also served as coordinator of the Pulliam National Journalism Writing Award and the departmental liaison for Ball State's Academic Honors in Writing program.
Professor Massé’s research has focused on the teaching of writing using national survey research and Q-methodology. A qualitative researcher, Professor Massé specializes in literary journalism, primarily using ethnography.
Research/Creative/Publication Career Highlights
Professor Massé has written and co-authored eight peer-reviewed articles in publications including Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Journalism & Mass Communication Quarterly and Operant Subjectivity. He has contributed to professional and trade periodicals such as Writer’s Digest, The Writer magazine and Etude online literary magazine. He has also been a widely published freelance author since 1978. His works have appeared in The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Men’s Health, Midwest Living, Golf Journal and Modern Short Stories, among other publications.
He has published three books of literary journalism. The first, Inspired to Serve: Today's Faith Activists (2004), explores the role of religion in motivating social activists to address community issues across the U.S. The second, Trauma Journalism: On Deadline In Harm's Way (2011), chronicles the lives of U.S. and international journalists who cover conflicts, crises and tragedies, and describes the impact of this trauma reporting on victims, sources and journalists themselves. The third, Vietnam Warrior Voices (2017), examines the impact of post-traumatic growth on four major veteran-authors: Tim O’Brien, Philip Caputo, Robert Olen Butler and John DelVecchio. Professor Massé has also written four novels. For more information, visit: www.markmasse.com
In January 2013, Professor Massé was presented with the American Psychoanalytic Association’s (APsaA) 2012 Award for Excellence in Journalism for an excerpt of his 2011 book, Trauma Journalism: On Deadline In Harm's Way. The award, which has previously been won by The New York Times, the New Yorker, the Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, and other leading publications, acknowledged his “commitment to covering mental health issues with integrity and sensitivity.” The APsaA’s Award for Excellence in Journalism recognizes professional reporting of outstanding merit that contributes in an exceptional way to the public understanding of psychoanalytic and psychological principles and phenomena.
Professor Massé has presented research papers at numerous national and international conferences on a range of journalistic topics, and he continues to publish in print and online periodicals nationwide.
He is a member of the following professional and honorary organizations: the Authors Guild, Society of Professional Journalists, the International Association for Literary Journalism Studies, and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.
Thesis/Creative Project Experience and Philosophy
Professor Massé has been a thesis/research paper/creative project committee chair, adviser or member for more than 65 graduate students since 1996. His major expectation for students completing a thesis or creative project is that the proposal stage is thoroughly developed. This refers to the completion of a comprehensive introduction to the topic, a literature review, discussion of methodology and bibliography. After the proposal stage, Professor Massé works closely with students and expects regular updates.