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School of Journalism & Broadcasting Staff - Amanda J. Crawford, M.M.C.

Amanda J. Crawford, M.M.C.

Amanda J. Crawford, M.M.C.

Assistant Professor

Office:  MMTH 226
Phone:  270-745-6407
Email:  amanda.crawford@wku.edu

About

COURSES

  • Media Writing
  • Intermediate Reporting
  • Feature Writing
  • Advanced Reporting
  • Media Law & Ethics

 

EDUCATION

  • Master of Mass Communication (M.M.C.) -- Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, Arizona State University
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) – College of Journalism, University of Maryland 

ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

  • Western Kentucky University, School of Journalism & Broadcasting: Assistant professor, August 2014-present
  • Arizona State University, Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication: Lecturer 2008-2010; Adjunct professor 2007-2008, spring 2014

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

  • Freelance journalist (present).
  • Bloomberg News and Businessweek Magazine: Southwest correspondent and national political reporter, 2011-2013.
  • CrawfordOnDrugs.com: Editor of site focused on intersection of drug policy and violence at the U.S.-Mexico border, 2010-2011. Supported by a grant from the Open Society Institute.
  • First Amendment Funding Inc./Best of the West Journalism Contest, Board of Directors, 2003-2013.
  • The Arizona Republic: project writer and state government reporter, 2003-2008.
  • The Baltimore Sun: Metro reporter, 2000-2003; Business reporter, 1999-2000.
  • People Magazine: Reporter, Washington, D.C., bureau, 1997-1999.
  • Living History Magazine: Managing Editor, 1996-1998.
  • Other experience, including: The Bureau of National Affairs, Teacher Magazine, washingtonpost.com, American Journalism Review. 

 

AWARDS

  • Soros Justice Media Fellow, Open Society Institute, 2010
  • National Finalist, Livingston Award for best U.S. journalist under 35, 2007
  • Best Print Journalist, Autism Society of America, 2008
  • Best News Feature, Arizona Newspaper Association, 2008
  • First Place, Religion Faith and Values Reporting, Arizona Press Club, 2007
  • Visions of Change Award, Arizona Mental Health Awareness Coalition, 2006
  • First Amendment Award, Valley of the Sun Society of Professional Journalists, 2006
  • Best Sustained Coverage or Series, Arizona Newspapers Association, 2006
  • First place, Health Reporting, Arizona Associated Press Managing Editors Association, 2006
  • Freedom of Information Award, Arizona Newspapers Association, 2005
  • Freedom of Information Award, Arizona Associated Press Managing Editors Association, 2005
  • Story of the Year, Arizona Associated Press Managing Editors Association, 2004
  • Freedom of Information Award, Arizona Associated Press Managing Editors Association, 2004
  • First Amendment Award, Valley of the Sun Society of Professional Journalists, 2004
  • Front Page Award, Distinguished Local Reporting, Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild, 2001
  • Walter Froehlich Journalism Award, Washington, DC, Society of Professional Journalists, 1997

Amanda J. Crawford joined the faculty of Western Kentucky University in fall 2014 to teach writing, reporting and other journalism courses as an assistant professor.

Born and raised in a small town in the mountains of Western Maryland, Crawford was the first person in her extended family to go to college.

She discovered her love for writing and journalism in elementary school. In nearly 20 years as a professional journalist, Crawford has worked for magazines and newspapers, ran her own news site and opened a bureau for one of the world’s largest news services. She specializes in political and public policy reporting and issue-oriented feature writing. Her stories have been published by People, Businessweek, National Geographic, The Los Angeles Times and many other major newspapers, magazines and news sites around the globe. 

Crawford is also an accomplished singer and musician. She has released an album and performed internationally with her husband as the indie alt-folk duo Former Friends of Young Americans. 

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