Department of Journalism

David Sumner

Professor of Journalism

AJ 391   Phone: 765-285-8210  

Department of Journalism
Art and Journalism Building (AJ), room 300
Ball State University
Muncie, IN 47306

Educational Background:
PhD Mass Communication, University of Tennessee
STM University of the South, Sewanee, Tennessee
MDiv Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, N.C.
BA Sociology and economics, Stetson University, DeLand, Fla.

Professional Experience:
Prior to coming to Ball State in 1990, he was a feature writer for the Knoxville News Sentinel in Knoxville, TN while teaching and completing his Ph.D. at the University of Tennessee. Before that, he was the director of communications and editor of Interchange for the Diocese of Southern Ohio in Cincinnati from 1981 to 1986.

Research/Creative/Publication Interests:
Magazine journalism, writing techniques, media history and media management, economics.

Research/Creative/Publication Career Highlights:
Dr. Sumner presented a research titled “American Magazine winners, 2001 to 2010” at the International Conference on Communication, Media, Technology in Istanbul, Turkey, in May 2012. An adapted version of this research was published in summer 2012 in the Journal of Magazine and New Media Research. He recently completed the third edition of his popular textbook Feature and Magazine Writing, which will be published in December 2012. He is also author of The Magazine Century: American Magazines since 1900 (Peter Lang Pub. 2010), and co-author of Magazines: A Complete Guide to the Industry (Peter Lang Pub. 2006). He was named “Educator of the Year” by the AEJMC Magazine Division in 2007 and a Distinguished Alumni by the University of Tennessee College of Communications in 2008. In September 2012, he taught two days of writing workshops for Grupo PPSA a company that publishes three newspapers and twelve magazines in San Pedro Sula, Honduras.

Thesis/Creative Project Experience and Philosophy:
Sumner is interested in working with projects involving media history or content analysis and survey methodologies with newspaper or magazines. He has some expertise in quantitative techniques. He has also been an adviser or committee member with projects involving creative nonfiction and literary journalism.