Innovation News Center
September 20-21, 2013
David Folkenflik is an American reporter based in New York City and serves as media correspondent for National Public Radio. His work primarily appears on the NPR news programs “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”
Friday, September 20, 2013
- 4:30 – 5 p.m.: Tours of the INC
- 5 p.m.: Reception in the INC (2nd floor)
- 6 p.m.: Commissioning and Keynote Address, David Folkenflik, in Gannett Auditorium (1st floor)
- Dress: Business Casual
- Parking is available starting at 3:30 p.m. on campus. Map.
RSVP for Friday by emailing RSVP@jou.ufl.edu.
Saturday, September 21, 2013
- 1:30 p.m.: Fall Alumni Tailgate Party on the front lawn of Weimer Hall hosted by our student organizations and sponsored by the Leonard family. $5/person donation requested for BBQ.
RSVP for BBQ →
- Tours of Weimer Hall and the INC will be given during the Tailgate Party.
The Innovation News Center is the home of the College’s news, weather and sports operations. The two-story, 14,000-square-foot space replaced three 1980s-era newsrooms, and provides nearly 100 seats for reporters, producers and editors working together to report the news for the College’s many distribution channels, including WUFT-TV, WUFT-FM 89.1, ESPN 850 WRUF, Country 103.7 the Gator, WUFT-TV 6, wuft.org and other affiliated websites.
The facility, which opened in the fall of 2012, allows the College’s students to learn to report from multiple platforms. Using the ROPE model – report once, publish everywhere – students work in a real world environment that prepares them to produce content at any type of media organization.
The INC is organized around a “super desk” where an assignment manager and news managers from web, television and radio are seated. Directly adjacent are seats for senior producers to manage the coverage on each platform. Three pods of nearly 24 seats each hold journalism and telecommunication students as they report and produce stories. Sprinkled through are breakout rooms for team meetings, television and radio editing rooms and audio booths. The space also includes a mini-studio (or “live-shot area”) where the College’s students create video content for streaming and for broadcast on WUFT-TV and WRUF-TV.
The second floor space includes a video editing laboratory, a conference room and newsroom space for the College’s and ESPN 850 WRUF sports operations and reporting. All of these spaces overlook the news floor and are connected by two open staircases and bathed in natural light from the clerestory window overhead.