Associate Professor, Clinical Communication, School of Communication; Director, Sports & Society Initiative
Areas of Expertise
- Media law and ethics
- Academic technology
- Sports media
Dr. Nicole Kraft spent 25 years as an award-winning reporter, editor and magazine journalist while working also in public relations for professional sports and government communications.
She joined the Ohio State School of Communication in 2010, and her areas of expertise include news, sports and feature writing, social media, sports communication, media law and ethics, and academic use of mobile technology. Her focus in teaching and research has been in utilizing technology in journalism and global education, as well as the intersection of sports and society. Her dissertation developed a grounded theory regarding the academic use of mobile technology among student-athletes.
Dr. Kraft is director of Ohio State’s Sports & Society Initiative, and as part of the Global One Health Initiative, she has taught in Ethiopia. In 2015 she was named an Apple Distinguished Educator, and consults with and trains athletic departments around the country in how to better engage student-athletes into academics using mobile technology.
She is also an active journalist, covering sports for the Associated Press and Columbus Dispatch. Her book, "Always Get the Name of the Dog: A guide to media interviewing," was released by Routledge in 2019, and in 2020 she authored the digital textbook, "Writing Fabulous Features."