Natalee Seely

Natalee Seely

Associate Professor of Journalism


Room:AJ 389

About Natalee Seely


Dr. Natalee Seely is an Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication. She uses multiple methods, including content analysis, surveys and interviewing, in her research, which focuses on news processes and production. Dr. Seely’s published works appear in Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Newspaper Research Journal, Electronic News, and Feminist Media Studies. Dr. Seely’s current research focuses on news representations of gendered violence and mental health effects of reporting on trauma. She has been featured on Indiana Public Radio’s “All In,” as well as in Ball State University’s Alumni Magazine. Many of Dr. Seely’s research interests stem from her experience as a news reporter in West Virginia.


Professional Experience


  • Ball State University, Assistant Professor of Journalism, 2017-present
  • UNC Chapel Hill, Park Doctorial Fellow, 2014-2017
  • Parkersburg News & Sentinel, Reporter, 2009-2012



  • Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.A., Communication, The Ohio State University
  • B.A., Journalism, The Ohio State University

Selected Research and Publications


  • Seely, N. (2018). Virtual vitriol: A comparative analysis of incivility in political news discussion forums. Electronic News.
  • Kraft, N. & Seely, N. (2015). Making mojos: How iPads are enhancing mobile journalism education. Journalism & Mass Communication Educator.

Honors and Awards


  • Broadcast Education Association, for “Email Newsletters and the news menu: An Analysis of what news organizations are offering,” with Mary Spillman, Top Paper of Open Division, 2020.
  • Doris Graber Award for, “Virtual vitriol: A comparative analysis of incivility in discussion forums of online mainstream news outlets and political blogs,” at Midwest Association for Public Opinion, 2015.
  • Best Paper on Mobile Research Award for, “Making mojos: How iPads are enhancing mobile journalism education,” 2015.

Course Schedule
Course No. Section Times Days Location
Social and Cross-Med 655 800 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE
Legal and Ethical Is 449 1 1400 - 1515 T R LB, room 112
Thesis 698 805 0000 - 0000 OL, room ONLINE