Natalee Seely
Natalee Seely
Associate Professor in School of Journalism and Strategic Communication


Room:AJ 389

About Natalee Seely


Dr. Natalee Seely is an Associate Professor in the School of Journalism and Strategic Communication and the coordinator of the Journalism MA Program. She uses multiple methods, including content analysis, surveys and interviewing, in her research, which focuses on news processes and production. Dr. Seely's published works appear in Journalism & Mass Communication Educator, Newspaper Research Journal, Electronic News, and Feminist Media Studies. Dr. Seely's current research focuses on news representations of gendered violence and mental health effects of reporting on trauma. She has been featured on Indiana Public Radio's "All In," as well as in Ball State University's Alumni Magazine. Many of Dr. Seely's research interests stem from her experience as a news reporter in West Virginia. She currently teaches undergraduate courses in Media Law, News Writing and News Editing, as well as graduate-level courses in multi-media storytelling, data journalism and emerging technologies.


Professional Experience


  • Ball State University, Assistant Professor of Journalism, 2017-present
  • UNC Chapel Hill, Park Doctorial Fellow, 2014-2017
  • Parkersburg News & Sentinel, Reporter, 2009-2012



  • Ph.D., Mass Communication, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • M.A., Communication, The Ohio State University
  • B.A., Journalism, The Ohio State University

Selected Research and Publications


Honors and Awards


  • Broadcast Education Association, for “Email Newsletters and the news menu: An Analysis of what news organizations are offering,” with Mary Spillman, Top Paper of Open Division, 2020.
  • Doris Graber Award for, “Virtual vitriol: A comparative analysis of incivility in discussion forums of online mainstream news outlets and political blogs,” at Midwest Association for Public Opinion, 2015.
  • Best Paper on Mobile Research Award for, “Making mojos: How iPads are enhancing mobile journalism education,” 2015.