Marcus J. Funk, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Sam Houston State University

Twitter: @DrFunk42
Marcus Funk studies the evolution of community in the digital age. His scholarship considers how digital media imagine and construct community, how localness shapes editorial content and why traditional community newspapers offer a strong theoretical model for the future of American journalism. He is an assistant professor of mass communication at Sam Houston State University.

In the past, he’s covered the notorious Texas Lege for The Dallas Morning News and Community Impact Newspaper. He was editor of The Elgin Courier and a reporter for The Terrell Tribune, The Rockwall County News and The Kerrville Daily Times. He earned his Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin in 2013 and his bachelor’s degree in communication from Trinity University in 2007. He is fond of horror films and Texas barbeque.

Funk will present the paper Decoding the Podaissance: Identifying Community Journalism Practices in Newsroom and Avocational Podcasts at ISOJ 2017 (April 21 at 1:40 p.m.)

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