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Writers Beware: US Copyright Registry

For any writers wishing to register their manuscripts, beware of U.S. Copyright Registry. Its website looks like a governmental operation affiliated with the Library of Congress. But it's a private firm, charging excessive "service fees" ($135 or more) in addition to standard copyright filing fees.
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Trauma Journalism

Important New York Times story re: journalists being murdered worldwide: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/06/17/world/journalists-killed-prosecutions-rare.html?emc=edit_th_20160629&nl=todaysheadlines&nlid=30010027&_r=0
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WARRIOR VOICES

Poster of 3/31 BSU talk on "Warrior Voices"
Speaking 3/31 at Ball State on new book project, "Warrior Voices: Stories of Vietnam Generation Authors." Featuring profiles of Tim O'Brien, Philip Caputo, Robert Olen Butler and John Del Vecchio.
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Trauma Journalism Coverage

Excellent column by Joel Simon, executive director, Committee to Protect Journalists, published in March 14 issue of Columbia Journalism Review. Simon examines the dangerous atmosphere affecting not only political coverage in the U.S. (e.g., Trump campaign) but safety/welfare of journalists worldwide. http://www.cjr.org/first_person/why_journalists_should_be_afraid_of_trumps_media_strategy.php Read More 
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Trauma Journalism

Interviewed yesterday by ABC News (RTV6, Indianapolis) about coverage of journalist murders in Roanoke (Va). http://mms.tveyes.com/Transcript.asp?StationID=301&DateTime=8%2F27%2F2015+7%3A09%3A20+PM&Term=Ball+State&PlayClip=TRUE
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HONOR HOUSE

My latest (2015) novel, HONOR HOUSE, is a psychological thriller and redemption story about a burned-out journalist who confronts an ex-frat brother-turned politician about his campus sex crimes decades ago. Set in 2012, with flashbacks to the 1970s, this novel explores the dark side of contemporary college life—sexual assault and other criminal activity. Prior to publication, the prologue and first chapter are featured on the "Books" page of my Authors Guild website, www.markmasse.com Read More 
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Trauma Journalism

From Joe Hight, former president, Dart Center for Journalism and Trauma: "Mark, Your book on the subject 'Trauma Journalism: On Deadline in Harm's Way' is outstanding -- one all journalists and those interested in the topic should read."
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Trauma Journalism: On Deadline in Harm's Way

Thanks to Joe Hight, former president, Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, for citing my 2011 book, Trauma Journalism: On Deadline in Harm's Way, in a March 26 (OKC) City-Sentinel story profiling him as "a journalist acclaimed for his coverage of the Oklahoma City Murrah Bombing in 1995, [He] will be the featured luncheon speaker Saturday (March 28) at the Region 8 Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) conference at the Gaylord College on the University of Oklahoma campus." Read More 
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River Teeth Spring 2015 Issue

My in-depth profile of Vietnam veteran-author Philip Caputo is slated for Spring 2015 issue of River Teeth (journal of nonfiction narrative). Excerpt from RT's website:
"Unlike the veterans from America’s 'Greatest Generation,' those who fought and died in the Vietnam War have no public anniversary, such as a June 6 or December 7, to annually commemorate their service. Certainly there is extensive reminiscence for the nation’s signature conflict of the 1960s and ’70s. But the Vietnam generation’s story, unlike World War II’s collective saga of sacrifice, is more of a narrative quilt, a patchwork of individual tales, traumas, and singular triumphs."
http://www.riverteethjournal.com/blog/2015/02/27/volume-16-number-2 Read More 
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Literary Journalism Conference-IALJS

In May I'll be on a panel at 10th annual conference of International Association for Literary Journalism Studies (IALJS), Univ. of St. Thomas (St. Paul, MN), discussing Philip Caputo's life as Vietnam vet, foreign correspondent and author.
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