Featured Profile: Lynda Kraxberger
Award-winning educator Lynda Kraxberger is shaping the next generation of journalists.
Kraxberger’s roots as a television newscast producer shaped her interest in visual storytelling. She joined MU in 1993 as executive producer of KOMU-TV and was a leader on the team when the station received the Edward R. Murrow National Overall Excellence Award. She later co-created the curriculum in convergence journalism by blending new delivery platforms and multimedia storytelling methods.
Since 2005, Kraxberger has coached students on multi-platform and multimedia storytelling for distribution through KOMU-TV and the journalism school’s other professional news organizations, the Columbia Missourian and KBIA-FM. She has been recognized as an exceptional educator with two of MU’s highest teaching awards, the William T. Kemper Fellowship for Teaching Excellence and the O.O. McIntyre Fellowship.
In addition to her work directly with students, Kraxberger has lent her expertise to numerous curricular and educational efforts. She helped guide the implementation of a new school-wide curriculum and provided curriculum workshops for other faculty members. Kraxberger also played a key role in securing a grant to create electronic portfolios for journalism students, helping enhance their career opportunities.
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