Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication Clay Calvert is quoted in the Sept. 17, 2014 article in Slate, “Schooling the Supreme Court on Rap Music,” regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear the true threats case of Elonis v. United States involving alleged threats conveyed on Facebook in the form of rap lyrics.
Two leading science journalists will each spend a week on the University of Florida campus this year as part of the university’s new Science Journalist in Residence Program.
Jennie Erin Smith, author of “Stolen World: A Tale of Reptiles, Smugglers, and Skulduggery,” will visit the university in early November as UF’s first Science Journalist in Residence, speaking to students in the College of Journalism and Communications, giving a public lecture and interacting with faculty researchers.
David Epstein, author of “The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance,” will serve as the second journalist in residence in late January.
“The goal of the program is to give students and faculty the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of science journalism through interacting with some of its most captivating practitioners,” said Diane McFarlin, dean of the College of Journalism and Communications.
Smith specializes in science and natural history writing and has a longtime interest in zoos, museums, animals and conservation. A former environmental reporter at the Daytona Beach News-Journal, she currently writes for the Wall Street Journal, The New Yorker and other publications.
“I am honored to become UF’s first science journalist in residence,” Smith said. “Science journalism can mean a lot of things, but all good science writers demonstrate curiosity, impartiality, attention to detail and the ability to simplify complex ideas without distorting them. I look forward to a great exchange of thoughts and experiences, with students and faculty alike, during my week at UF.”
Smith spent years investigating the exotic animal trade for “Stolen World,” which The New Yorker called an “accomplished, often uproarious account of the international reptile trade,” and Salon called “a flabbergasting chronicle of atrocious behavior, foolhardy schemes and dangerous animals, that reads like a real-life Elmore Leonard novel.”
“The Sports Gene” was a New York Times bestseller for Epstein, who has written for Sports Illustrated, Discover, Scientific American, Slate, The Washington Post, National Geographic and many other publications. His TED Talk on the subject has been viewed more than 1.7 million times.
“The fact that the program is specifically looking to promote discussion about science journalism is really meaningful to me,” said Epstein. “I think opening a discourse with journalism students about the power and peril of communicating science will be invigorating both for me and for them.”
UF Provost Joe Glover said that as part of its preeminence initiative, the university wants to create more opportunities for students and faculty to interact with the top leaders in their fields.
“We’re pursuing this goal through the new faculty we’re hiring, but we are also committed to bringing in more leading academics and professionals as guests – esteemed visitors who will both share their wisdom and get some exposure to our dynamic and exceptional university,” Glover said. “The new Science Journalist in Residence program is a great example of that approach, and I look forward to hosting our first two science journalists this year.”
Contact: Quenta P. Vettel, 352-846-3013, Qvettel@jou.ufl.edu
Writer: Joseph Kays
Journalism Associate Professor Norman Lewis is quoted in the Sept. 16, 2014 article on Poynter.org, “Is it original? An editor’s guide to identifying plagiarism.”
Calvert: Religious Crimes and Free Speech: From Pussy Riot to Fellatio with Jesus Statuary, the Controversies Keep on Coming
HuffPost: Crime on September 16, 2014 published “Religious Crimes and Free Speech: From Pussy Riot to Fellatio with Jesus Statuary, the Controversies Keep on Coming” a column by Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication Clay Calvert.
The Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project is mentioned and Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication Clay Calvert is quoted in the Sept. 15, 2014 article, “Justices Get Schooled in Rap,” in The National Law Journal, the nation’s leading daily newspaper for attorneys.
The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, in conjunction with the Colombia Center of Public Relations and Organizational Communication (CECORP), held a three-day executive seminar on “Strategic Communications and Public Relations Management” in Medellin, Colombia Sept. 10-13.
Led by Department of Public Relations Chair Juan-Carlos Molleda, speakers also included Marta Hartmann, a lecturer in UF’s Department of Agricultural Education and Communication; Randy Moreau, Chief Financial Officer of Bilzin Sumberg and a lecturer in the College’s master’s program in Global Strategic Communication; and Associate Professor of Telecommunication Michael Leslie.
“September is International month for public relations in Colombia,” said Molleda. “Public relations is expanding in Latin America and the need for professional development is increasing. It is a great opportunity for us to extend the reach of the College and University, and share our leadership in public relations and communications.”
Sessions were held on effective leadership, business and financial essentials for communication professionals, sustainability communications and stakeholder analysis and engagement.
“We dreamed about this seminar a year ago when Professor Molleda accompanied us during the celebration of the 50 years of our professional guild in Colombia,” said Paola Rueda Lopez, president of CERCOP. “Today, this alliance between the University of Florida and CECORP is contributing to the formation of organizational communication and public relations professionals in Colombia. Thank you for believing, thank you for the contribution.”
It is a program the College hopes to grow and partner with groups from other countries.
“The delegation to Colombia enhances our global efforts to provide training and exposure of our faculty expertise to stakeholders around the world,” said Executive Associate Dean Spiro Kiousis. “Dr. Molleda and colleagues are renowned thought leaders in public relations and international communication that serve as exemplary ambassadors for our College and University.”
The UF delegation also spoke at Remington and EAFIT universities. Potential partnerships for future training and education opportunities were discussed.
Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication Clay Calvert is quoted in the Sept. 9, 2014 story in billboard, “Exclusive: Man Jailed for Posting Lyrics to Facebook Says ‘It’s Pretty Worrisome’,” regarding the arrest of a Kentucky man after he posted lyrics from a metal song to his Facebook wall.
Journalism Associate Professor and Interim Chair Ted Spiker is quoted in the Sept. 10, 2014 story on ABC News, “Ray Rice Could Return To the NFL After One Year, Expert Believes,” regarding the possibility of Ray Rice returning to play in the National Football League at some point in the future.
HuffPost: Crime on September 8, 2014 published “Metal Music, First Amendment Under Attack: Man Jailed for Posting Exodus Lyrics” a column by Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication Clay Calvert.
Bernell Tripp, an Associate Professor of Journalism in the UF College of Journalism and Communications, has been selected to receive the 2014 American Journalism Historians Association National Award for Excellence in Teaching.
The annual award honors a college or university teacher who excels at teaching in the areas of journalism and mass communication history, makes a positive impact on student learning, and offers an outstanding example for other educators. Tripp will receive the award on Oct. 9 at the AJHA 33rd Annual Convention in St. Paul, Minn.
She joined the College in 1992 and teaches History of Journalism, and Magazine and Feature Writing.
Founded in 1981, the American Journalism Historians Association seeks to advance education and research in mass communication history. Members work to raise historical standards and ensure that all scholars and students recognize the vast importance of media history and apply this knowledge to the advancement of society.