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Marcus Funk

Ph.D. Candidate

Research interests: Community journalism & small town newspapers

Degree(s):
2010: Master of Arts in Journalism, The University of Texas at Austin
2007: Bachelor of Arts, triple major in Communications, Political Science and International Studies, Trinity University

Professional experience: 
Marcus has worked a variety of positions at a number of small town and suburban newspapers in Texas. He has served as a Capital Correspondent for Community Impact Newspaper, the Editor of The Elgin Courier, public affairs reporter for The Terrell Tribune, general assignment and politics reporter for The Rockwall County News and government and transportation reporter for The Kerrville Daily Times. He has worked as a Legislative correspondent for The Dallas Morning News' Austin bureau, and his writing has also appeared in The Denton Record-Chronicle and The Kaufman Herald. He served as the Managing Editor of his student weekly, The Trinitonian, at Trinity University.

 

Journal Publications

  • Funk, M. (2012). Imagined commodities? Analyzing local identity and place in American community newspaper website banners. New Media & Society. doi: 10.1177/1461444812458433

  • Funk, M. (In press). Imagined Commodities? Analyzing Local Identity and Place in American Community Newspaper Website Banners. New Media & Society.

  • McCombs, M., & Funk, M. (2011). Shaping the Agenda of Local Daily Newspapers: A Methodology Merging the Agenda Setting and Community Structure Perspectives.Mass Communication & Society, 14, 905-919.
  • Funk, M. (2010) The 30-50-60 curve: Locally generated news content in small and medium-sized American dailies. Grassroots Editor, 51(4), 12-15.

Book Chapters

  • McCombs, M., & Funk, M. Shaping the Agenda of Local Daily Newspapers: A Methodology Merging the Agenda Setting and Community Structure Perspectives. In The Community Structure Model: Innovations in Exploring the Impact of Society on Media, John Pollock, ed. New York: Routledge, forthcoming.

Conference Papers

  • Chen, W., Funk, M., Straubhaar, J., & Spence, J. (2012). Forum or Ghetto? An Audience Analysis of American Public Television. Paper presented at the National Communication Association, Orlando, Florida.
  • Funk, M. (2012) The Next President is at the Front Door Again: An Analysis of Local Media Coverage of the 2012 Republican Iowa Caucus, New Hampshire Primary and South Carolina Primary. Paper presented at the 18th Newspapers and Community Building Symposium during the 126th annual National Newspaper Association Convention and Trade Show, Charleston, South Carolina.
  • Funk, M. (2011) The Climatological Model of Gatekeeping Theory: Local and Wire News Decisions Among American Newspaper Editors. Paper presented at the 9thInternational Symposium of Communication in the Millennium, San Diego, California.
  • Funk, M. (2011) The Pews are Not in Print: A Study of Religion News in American Community Journalism. Paper presented at the AEJMC Midwinter Convention, Norman, Oklahoma. Top paper award.
  • Funk, M. (2010) Buried in the Back Yard: A study of locally generated content in small American newspapers. Paper presented at the Newspapers and Community Building Symposium XVI during the 124th Annual National Newspaper Association Convention and Trade Show, Omaha, Nebraska.
  • Funk, M. (2010) The Reviews Are In: A Qualitative Analysis of Gender Portrayals in Mainstream Film Criticism. Paper presented at the AEJMC Midwinter Convention, Norman, Oklahoma.
  • Funk, M. (2010) Words of … Well, uhm, Words: A Qualitative Analysis of America’s Last Local Humor Columnist. Paper presented at the AEJMC Midwinter Convention, Norman, Oklahoma.

Works in Progress

  • Chen, W., Funk, M., Straubhaar, J., & Spence, J. (2012). Forum or Ghetto? An Audience Analysis of American Public Television.  (Under Journal Review)
  • Funk, M. and McElroy, K. (2012) Who’s on First and Ten? An Agenda Setting Analysis of College Football Ranking Systems. (Under Journal Review)
  • Funk, M. (2012) A Scout is Frame-ful: Framing, Community Newspapers, and the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Funk, M. (2012) Between the (Yard) Lines: An Inter-Media Agenda Setting Analysis of Rivals.com Websites. (Under Journal Review)
  • Funk, M., Molyneux, L., and Gil de Zúñiga, H. (2011) Learning About Your Community: Local and National Media Use as Conduits for Social Capital and Political Participation. 

 

Marcus Funk

 
Email: marcus.jfunk@gmail.com
Hometown: Austin, Texas
 
What are a few of your favorite things about UT, the J-School, or Austin: The University of Texas has something for everyone, in no small part because it’s one of the largest universities in the country. It enables top-notch academics who encourage creativity in research, it employs legendary journalists to teach their practice, and it enrolls a wide range of intriguing graduate and undergraduate students.
 
As for Austin, I think everyone sees something of themselves reflected in this city. It has championship-caliber college teams for sports fans, original restaurants and sophisticated micro-breweries for food lovers, a vibrant music and film scene for hipsters and a well developed technology sector that’s beginning to outpace Silicon Valley. A favorite hobby of mine is road-tripping thirty miles in any direction for good ol’ fashioned Texas barbecue, which is some of the best food in the country.