Faculty Profile for Laura Krantz

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Laura Krantz
Program Director, Faculty — Student Publications
Senior Lecturer — School of Jrnlism & Mass Comm
phone: (512) 245-5753

Biography Section

Biography and Education

Laura Jett Krantz is a senior lecturer, as well as director and faculty adviser of the student media organization, The University Star. She has been advising student media for more than 14 years.

Krantz previously worked as a reporter and editor for community newspapers in Oklahoma and Texas, winning multiple awards from the Oklahoma Press Association, North and East Texas Press Association, and Texas Associated Press Managing Editors.

In 2005, she was hired as Communications Director for the City of Tyler, Texas, while also teaching journalism as an adjunct at The University of Texas at Tyler. In 2007, she left her position with the City of Tyler to take on the role of department chair of Journalism and Student Publications at Tyler Junior College. She also ran her own PR consulting firm Krantz PR from 2007-2017.

Krantz holds a master’s degree in communication from Stephen F. Austin State University and a bachelor’s degree in journalism and mass communication from The University of New Mexico.

She is a past president of the Texas Intercollegiate Press Association and received TIPA’s Charles T. Choate Memorial Adviser of the Year Award in 2011. She was also named Honor Roll 2-Year Newspaper Adviser in 2010 and Distinguished 2-Year Newspaper Adviser in 2019 by the national College Media Association.

Teaching Interests

News reporting, feature writing, media law, design, public relations

Research Interests

The influence of social media on the political process.
News deserts and community journalism.

Selected Scholarly/Creative Work

  • Krantz, L. J. (2018, December 5). Texas State Hosts Soapbox Soundoff. College Media Matters. Retrieved from http://www.collegemediamatters.com/2018/12/05/texas-state-hosts-soapbox-soundoff/

Selected Awards

  • Award / Honor Recipient: Distinguished Two-Year Newspaper Adviser, College Media Association. March 20, 2017 - October 26, 2018
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Star Professor, Alpha Omicron Chapter Phi Theta Kappa. 2016
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Best Special Election Campaign, 2014 Reed Awards. 2014
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Volunteer of the Year, CASA for Kids of East Texas. 2013
  • Award / Honor Recipient: Star Professor, Alpha Omicron Chapter Phi Theta Kappa. 2012

Selected Grants

  • Krantz, Laura Jett (Principal). Ingelhart First Amendment Grant, College Media Association, Private / Foundation / Corporate, $600. (Submitted: May 22, 2018, Funded: July 1, 2018 - July 1, 2019). Grant.
  • Krantz, Laura Elizabeth (Principal). Star Stories, Office of Equity and Inclusion, Texas State University, $600. (Funded: September 1, 2019 - December 5, 2019). Grant.

Selected Service Activities

San Marcos Area Chamber of Commerce
March 2021-Present
College Media Association First Amendment Committee
August 1, 2020-Present
TIPA Contest Committee
April 16, 2020-Present
Star Stories
March 2019-Present
Mass Comm Week Committee
September 1, 2018-Present