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The Ohio State University School of Communication
Nicole Kraft
Nicole Kraft
Assistant Professor - Clinical
(614) 247-6274
School of Communication
The Ohio State University
3016 Derby Hall,
154 N. Oval Mall
Columbus, OH 43210-1339


B.S., Political Science, Temple University
M.A., Communication (Journalism), The Ohio State University

Courses Taught:

Comm 2210--News Design
Comm 2221--News writing and Editing
Comm 2223--Lantern Practicum
Comm 2321--Writing for Media
Comm 3189--Lantern Media Independent Study
Comm 3404--Media Law and Ethics
Comm 4202--Magazine Writing
Comm 4221--Enterprise Reporting for Diverse Communities

iTunes U: Media Law and Ethics
iTunes U: Always Get the Name of the Dog (Media Interviewing)
iTunes U: Writing and Editing for News
iTunes U: Magazine Writing
iTunes U: Immersion Reporting with Multimedia


Writing Like Rabbits: A Guide to Creating and Selling Magazine Articles (iTunes, 2014)

Always Get the Name of the Dog: A Guide to Media Interviewing
(iTunes, 2013)

100 Years in Harness (2008)


Columbus CEO

Ohio State Alumni Magazine

Columbus Dispatch

Columbus Monthly
Ohio State University Alumni Magazine
Philadelphia Inquirer
Hoof Beats
Canadian Sportsman
The Harness Edge
Natural Living Today


Nicole Kraft


I joined Ohio State full time in the Autumn 2010 quarter after serving six years as an adjunct professor of magazine writing.

From 1996 until June 2010 I worked for the United States Trotting Association, as executive editor of Hoof Beats magazine--the world's largest and most honored harness racing magazine--and, since 2006, as director of communications. While at the USTA, I authored "100 Years in Harness," a book marking harness racing in the 20th century.

Prior to that, I was a newspaper editor and reporter in both Philadelphia and the Napa Valley of California, and  served as press secretary for Pennsylvania Congressman Jon D. Fox. I worked also in publicity for both the Philadelphia 76ers basketball team and Domain Chandon Winery.

I am an active freelance magazine writer, contributing to publications across North America, and speak frequently before groups of all skills and ages on feature writing, magazine publishing, social media tools and their use in personal branding.

My recent focus in teaching and research has been utilizing iPads and iTunes U to "flip" journalism classrooms and provide a self-contained learning environment for multimedia journalism. In 2013 I was awarded the first $25,000 Digital First Impact Grant to put iPads in our news writing classroom.

I currently have five courses on iTunes U and have written a pair of interactive journalism textbooks: "Always Get the Name of the Dog: A Guide to Media Interviewing," and "Writing Likfe Rabbits: A Guide to Creating and Selling Magazine Articles." Both "Writing and Editing for News" and "Always Get the Name of the Dog" have been No. 1 on iTunes U, and my interactive book was featured in the Apple international newsletter.

In 2014 our iTunes work was further showcased by Apple when I was the first higher-ed faculty member featured in the company's new online "Faculty Speaker Series," and in an Apple Education webinar.

I am also dedicated to scholastic journalism, and to that end have created a service learning program to bring journalism students into public high schools to help create student newspapers. In 2014 that project earned the "Innovative Teaching Award" from the Association of Educators in Journalism  and Mass Communication's Scholastic Journalism Division.

I grew up in Capitola, Calif., and earned a bachelor's degree in Political Science from Temple University and a master's degree in Communication (with a focus on journalism) from The Ohio State University. Now I live in Columbus with my husband, Brian, and our son, Daniel, who is a passionate (and skilled!) hockey and baseball player.

social media, multimedia, iPads, iTunes U, flipped class, personalized learning environments