Dr. Funk is a published journalism scholar, reporter, editor, adviser and news junkie. He has worked as an editor, reporter and Legislature correspondent for a variety of large and small newsrooms, including The Elgin Courier, Community Impact Newspaper and The Dallas Morning News. He is a Longhorn and an Eagle Scout, and a fan of barbeque, Texas politics and Star Trek.
Dr. Funk joined Sam Houston State University in August, 2014. He earned his Ph.D. in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin School of Journalism in December, 2013. He has covered the Texas Legislature twice, for Community Impact Newspaper and The Dallas Morning News, and also worked as an editor and reporter for a variety of community newspapers, including The Elgin Courier, The Terrell Tribune and his undergraduate student newspaper, The Trinitonian, at Trinity University.
Online and multi-platform journalism, Imagined community and niche media, Sports journalism, Quantitative and qualitative research methods, Media Practicum, Audience Research & Analysis, Advanced Digital Writing
Research Interests/ Recent Publications, Productions
Dr. Funk’s research foci include traditional community journalism, online journalism, imagined community, and sports media. His theoretical foci include normative deviance, agenda setting, and media sociology. As a mixed methods scholar he attempts to pursue both quantitative and qualitative research. Recent publications include:
Funk, M. & McCombs, M. (In Press) Strangers on a Theoretical Train: Inter-Media Agenda Setting, Community Structure, and Local News Coverage. Journalism Studies.
Funk, M. (In Press) Community Journalism: Relentlessly Deviant? CATA of Normative Deviance and Localness in American Community Newspaper Websites. Community Journalism.
Funk, M. (2015). A Scout is Frame-Ful: Framing, Community Newspapers, and the Boy Scouts of America. Community Journalism, 4(2).
Funk, M. (2014). The CxP Typology: A New Understanding of Normative Deviance, Gatekeeping, and Community Journalism. Journalism Studies, 1-19. doi: 10.1080/1461670x.2014.962922
Funk, M. (2014). The Pews are Not in Print: Religion News and American Community Newspapers. Grassroots Editor, 55(4).
Ph.D in Journalism- University of Texas at Austin (2013)
MA in Journalism- University of Texas at Austin (2010)
BA in Communications- Trinity University (2007)
Dr. Funk is the vice chair of the Community Journalism Interest Group in the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, as well as Midwinter Conference Chair for the Media Management, Economics and Entrepreneurship Interest Group. He is also a journal reviewer for numerous scholarly publications.
Awards, Activities, Honors (selected)
*Funk, M. (2015) Community Journalism: Relentlessly Deviant? CATA of Normative Deviance and Localness in American Community Newspaper Websites. Paper presented to the Community Journalism Interest Group of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication annual convention in San Francisco, California. *Top faculty paper award.