Working to connect my worlds through words.

Goodbye, so long, and visit me at nicolekraft.com

March 31, 2014

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If you are reading this, you are subscribed to my blog (thanks!) or saw the tweet announcing a post (thanks for that, too). I am, however, going to be devoting my blogging energy to my “real” site, www.nicolekraft.com, in an effort to streamline my posting endeavors. This archive will still exist, but new posts will […]

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Whether writing with style or making a deadline, it was a tough week for all

March 22, 2014

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This was a tough week for all of us, and you could tell by our tweets. First, Comm 2221. It was midterm week (even though the semester is a month away from the end), and our assignment is in two parts: 50-questions of AP Style and current events, followed by a deadline writing assignment. Sent […]

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Doing Our Part to Keep Austin Weird at #SXSWedu

March 5, 2014

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Night had fallen on Austin, and I could still hear the revelry off Congress Street, but a 5 a.m. airport shuttle pickup had me sitting in my Embassy suite, bonding with my MacBook Pro, as opposed to joining the festivities. We had come, we had presented and, with any luck, we had contributed to the […]

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Think Different, Teach Different, Learn Different: An Apple iTunes U Adventure

February 1, 2014

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The bare stage, artistically lit, adorned with just three director chairs and framed by a movie-sized projection screen bearing the Apple logo, seemed the perfect setting for one of the computer company’s familiar product launches or insightful tech instruction. There was only one major difference at this event: This time the stage was set for […]

Posted in: Journalism, Ohio State

I know it’s cold, but at Ohio State we are about to heat things up

January 7, 2014

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After an extra two-day break, thanks to the polar vortex that has frozen the Midwest, Spring 2014 is ready to launch here at Ohio State. I can’t wait for us to get started. Although much will be familiar in the new semester, even more will be new, and our courses continue to grow and evolve […]

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Is There iPad Proof in the Points?

September 24, 2013

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Our iPad research project is actually composed of two separate aspects: the tool and the content delivery. Our belief is the iPads will help make our students better and more quickly prepared for journalism married with multimedia and social media, and we are already seeing those results. They have been Tweeting and linking since day […]

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The Ecstacy of iPads + Journalism: Hats off to Karlie the Mojo! #osucomm2221

September 12, 2013

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We planned that class to begin to identify news value, but Karlie already had a jump on things. She had sent me a note with the desire to write on the USA-Mexico World Cup qualifier set for our own Crew Stadium. My response: “I love the story idea. We can definitely localize–and will start brainstorming […]

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OSU Journalism iPads: One Step Backwards, Two Steps Forward

August 31, 2013

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We are just completing our first week with the iPads, and we may finally be hitting our stride. Tuesday was spent with Cory Tressler getting acclimated with our apps, setting up email and preferences, and encasing them in our OtterBox. Almost every students seemed to sigh in relief once the iPad was ensconced in the OtterBox, […]

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Deer Meet Headlights: It’s time to take a ride

August 21, 2013

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First class down, no iPads yet in hand, and already I can feel a variety of emotion exuding from my Comm 2221 students that ranges from excitement and enthusiasm to panic. I encouraged them to panic–for next three hours, and then it’s time to start working. There were 32 of us in the room, including […]

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