Featured Profile: Brian Kratzer
Photojournalist Brian Kratzer leads news teams to honors.
For nearly two decades, Kratzer worked professionally as a staff photographer, photo editor and newsroom manager. At Florida’s Gainesville Sun, where he worked as assistant managing editor for on-line and multimedia, Kratzer was instrumental in leading the newsroom in the transition to a Web-first environment – earning the Sun news team an Arthur “Punch” Sulzberger Award.
At the University of Missouri, Kratzer teaches photo desk management, visual editing and staff photojournalism. Additionally, he works with an advanced multimedia team creating documentary videos for the website and app of the Columbia Missourian, a community newspaper that serves as a working lab for journalism students. Kratzer also serves as the publication’s photo editor; under his direction, the paper has received top awards from the National Press Photographers Association and other professional organizations.
Kratzer has also been recognized for his photojournalism on Missouri century farms: land continuously farmed by a single family for 100 years or longer. He received an O.O. McIntyre grant, which allowed him to cover the topic in depth. Kratzer has co-produced a rural youth documentary series with the Missourian and KBIA-FM, mid-Missouri’s NPR-member station, that broadcasts in numerous Missouri towns.
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