Student Spotlight: Marissa Kraus

Saturday, January 22, 2022 - 11:30am
Why did you choose to come to Nebraska and specifically the College of Journalism?

When I visited UNL for the first time, I knew I wanted to call it home. As an out-of-state student, I was nervous about going somewhere away from home but when I arrived on campus, I immediately felt a sense of comfort. I could feel the sense of pride in the community and on campus and could see myself starting a life in Lincoln. So far my experience at UNL has exceeded my expectations. I knew before arriving at the College of Journalism’s “do from day one” philosophy but I have been blown away by all the opportunities and experiences students are able to have. I have had a fantastic time learning in the classroom as well as through internships I have had thus far. I have also enjoyed my time on the Daily Nebraskan which I joined my freshman year and has furthered my love and passion for photojournalism.

Who at Nebraska has helped you be successful? Is there a professor who has made a big impact on your education?

I have had many wonderful professors so far, especially in the J-school. Two notable ones are Michelle Hassler and Shoun Hill. Michelle was my professor last semester and really helped me improve my writing skills as well as giving advice on career endeavors. Shoun has also been impactful in helping me advance my photojournalism skills and in helping me finding opportunities outside of UNL. Both of these professors really care about their students and I am thankful for their mentorship thus far.

Name a class you're currently taking and anything you're learning/working on in that class.

This semester I am in the new iteration of Global Eyewitness where we are learning how to be story-tellers through writing and multimedia as well as other topics such as overcoming bias. Although our class is small I look forward to working with my peers and professors on preparing for our trip in May.

Describe your current job/internship. Are there any other internships you've had throughout your time at CoJMC?

This fall I had the wonderful opportunity of interning with BVM Sports, a website covering all levels of sport, which gave me great experience as a sports writer, and I was able to tell the stories of local female athletes, something that was currently lacking.

Last semester I started interning with the Lincoln Stars hockey team as a photographer where I have been able to gain valuable experience in sports photojournalism. My time taking photos of matches has only solidified my passion for sports journalism and telling stories through photography.

This summer I am interning at the Denver Post in the sports department. I earned this internship through the Sports Journalism Institute, an internship program committed to getting more minorities and women in the newsroom. I was selected to be apart of the 30th class.

Are there any organizations you're involved in on or off-campus? Any other hobbies?

I currently work for the Daily Nebraskan as a sports reporter and photographer. I am also the treasurer for Sports Media Club and am apart of the CoJMC Student Advisory Board. Beyond the College of Journalism, I have found other ways to get involved on campus such as the Student Alumni Association Board of Directors, the Honors College Student Advisory Board, and Dance Marathon.

Throw out a fun fact about you.

I have run competitively since I was 12 and recently won my first half marathon last summer!

Do you have any post-graduation plans? If not, what would you like to do?

Not currently but hope to find a job in photojournalism either at a newspaper or sports publication. Would also love to work for a professional sports team at some point. Either way, I would love to travel and see more of the country and world.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I was very into art when I was little so I wanted to be an art teacher for the longest time. I remember writing down in second grade that I wanted to travel the world to teach kids art! I guess you could say I have always had the desire to travel.

What has been your favorite class at CoJMC?

So far Principles of Mass Media with Kelli Britten!

Advice for a new CoJMC student?

Embrace all the opportunities the j-school has to offer. Look for ways to increase your skills and find your passion. Whether through the Daily Nebraskan or new Experience Lab, there is something for everyone. Also, make connections with professors and don't be afraid to seek out advice. Networking is key.

The best thing about being a Husker is being a part of a big family!

Marissa Kraus
Marissa Kraus