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Mark Massé

Specializes in: Profiles, Business, Government, Sports, Education, Religion/Spirituality

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Work has previously appeared: Daily Newspaper, National Magazine, Local/Regional Magazine, Trade Magazine, Local Television

Mark H. Massé is a tenured professor, director of the Journalism Writing Center, and former news-editorial sequence coordinator in the Department of Journalism at Ball State University (BSU), Muncie, Ind. In 2006, he established a master’s degree program emphasis in literary journalism. Prior to joining the faculty at BSU in 1996, Mark taught as an adjunct assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC) at the University of Oregon, where he received his master’s degree (with honors) in 1994, specializing in literary nonfiction. At the SOJC, he was a graduate teaching assistant to two-time Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jon Franklin. Massé received his Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio) in 1974.

Massé has more than 30 years’ professional communications experience. He began his career as a governmental policy planner and public affairs specialist. He worked for major Cleveland advertising/public relations agencies and directed marketing/strategic planning for a Northeast Ohio career center. He specialized in issues management and crisis communications.

In 1988, Massé established his executive writing and consulting firm, Words that Work. From 1988-92, he published newspaper and magazine articles, wrote corporate speeches and advised public- and private-sector clients, including Bank One, AGA Gas, Inc., LTV Corp. and the Ohio Department of Education. In 1992, he entered graduate school at the University of Oregon. Massé has lectured at national and state conferences and universities on the teaching of writing, literary journalism, public relations, strategic planning and issues management. He has received national, regional and local awards for his work in the communications industry.

His literary journalistic account of social activism, INSPIRED TO SERVE: TODAY’S FAITH ACTIVISTS, was published in 2004 by Indiana University Press. His first novel, DELAMORE’S DREAMS, a family saga set in 1960s metro New York, was published in 2005 by Booklocker.com. Massé has also published chapters in three nonfiction collections, including WRITER’S DIGEST HANDBOOK OF MAGAZINE ARTICLE WRITING (2005) and THE WRITER’S HANDBOOK (1996 ed.). He is a member of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA), the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC).

A widely published freelance author since 1978, Mark has written for international, national and regional publications, including The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Hemispheres (United Airlines), Writer’s Digest, The Writer, Men’s Health, Golf Journal (U.S.G.A.), Catholic Digest, Midwest Living and Modern Short Stories, among others. He is currently at work on two book-length nonfiction projects and finishing a second novel, which has received funding from the Indiana Arts Commission.

Last updated: 10/18/2016 ()

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