The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications has hired Randy Bennett as the College’s new Director of Entrepreneurship and Partnerships, Dean Diane McFarlin announced today. He will join the College on March 10.
Bennett was with Newspaper Association of America for 22 years, where his roles included Vice President of Digital Media and Senior Vice President of business development. He led association strategy development, program and conference development, training, membership acquisition and retention, and research and industry analysis. The NAA is a nonprofit organization representing nearly 2,000 newspapers.
“Randy’s extensive experience with the NAA has provided him insight into the changing media landscape,” said McFarlin. “He is well versed in building strategic partnerships, with contacts spanning senior executives at media and technology companies, heads of media associations, venture capitalists and entrepreneurs. That experience will be instrumental in his efforts to broker strategic partnerships for the College.”
While at the NAA, Bennett originated business discussions with globally-known digital companies on potential industry partnerships, and oversaw research that was key to newspaper understanding of consumer media usage. He also led the Horizon Watching initiative that helped shape strategic recommendations for emerging newspaper business models and operations.
Bennett earned his dual bachelor’s degrees in Journalism and in Politics and Government from Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio.
Earlier in his career, Bennett was one of the first 20 employees at Knight Ridder’s early interactive-media initiative called Viewtron, the first graphics-based digital service in the U.S. He was also part of the start-up team that developed America Online, serving as director of online services.
Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication Clay Calvert is quoted in the March 2, 2014 story in the Orlando Sentinel, “Teacher’s buyback mission is to wean kids off violent games, films,” regarding a teacher who buys back violent video games from her students.
Public Relations chair and professor Juan-Carlos Molleda is quoted regarding political and social conditions in Venezuela in two articles published on February 22, 2014, “Nicolás Maduro pierde la batalla ante la opinión pública internacional” in el Nuevo Herald and “Orlando joins push against Venezuela strife” in the Orlando Sentinel.
The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications has hired Jeffrey Pole, a media finance executive, as the College’s new director of finance, Dean Diane McFarlin announced today. He will join the College in mid-March.
Pole is currently the controller for Halifax Media Group’s South Region, Ocala StarBanner and Gainesville Sun, and also serves as the general manager of the Ocala StarBanner.
“Jeff has had a stellar career with the Halifax Media Group and before that, the New York Times Company,” said McFarlin, who worked with Pole at the Sarasota Herald-Tribune. “His financial background will be invaluable to the College and its Media Properties as we grow our programs and entrepreneurial activities.”
Pole earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting in 1984 from LeMoyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., and then served as an auditor for Earnst & Whinney for three years. He moved into the newspaper business in 1992, serving as credit manager and accounting manager for The Syracuse Newspapers before joining the New York Times Regional Media Group’s Sarasota Herald-Tribune in 1992 as financial services manager.
Pole worked at the Herald-Tribune until Nov. 2002 when he was promoted to controller of the Ocala Star Banner and Gainesville Sun. In 2012, he took on the additional responsibilities of controller of the Halifax Media Group’s South Region and general manager of the Ocala Star Banner.
The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications has hired Katrice Graham as Director of the College’s Knight Division for Scholarships, Career Services and Multicultural Affairs, Dean Diane McFarlin announced today. She will start on March 3.
Graham, who earned her advertising degree from the College in 2003, currently serves as Assistant Director of Career Development in UF’s Career Resource Center. Prior to joining the CRC in Jan. 2013, she worked in UF’s Warrington College of Business Administration as an academic adviser and career coach.
In addition to earning her bachelor’s degree in advertising, Graham earned a master’s in business administration from UF in 2004 and is currently working on a doctorate in higher education administration from Northeastern University in Boston. She is on track to earn her doctorate this September.
Graham is a mentor for UF’s Minority Mentor Program and has served as an adviser for both the Minority Business Society and Phi Beta Lambda. She has served on UF’s Diversity, Inclusion and Campus Climate Committee; ASPIRE committee; and the Asian Pacific Islander American Student Advisory Board.
Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication Clay Calvert is quoted in the February 18, 2014 story in The Gainesville Sun, “Group vows to keep fighting for atheist monument,” regarding legal issues surrounding a proposed atheist monument near the Levy County courthouse that is intended to counterbalance a Ten Commandments monument already on the property.
The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications has hired Yu-Hao Lee, an expert in emerging media, as an Assistant Professor of Telecommunication, Dean Diane McFarlin announced today. He will join the College’s faculty this fall.
“Yu-Hao’s interests in media psychology, persuasion, social influence and online collaboration are vital to strengthening our College’s efforts in emerging media: the use of interactive technologies, video gaming, and computer-mediated communication,” McFarlin said. “He’s the first of several new faculty members the College will be hiring this spring.”
Lee is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Oklahoma, where he is part of a team operating under a $10.5 million grant to study Advanced Intelligence interactive games used in education and training.
Lee earned his a Ph.D. in media and information studies from Michigan State University in 2013, a master’s degree in journalism from National Taiwan University in 2005 and a bachelor’s degree in economics from National Taiwan University in 2003.
His current research includes understanding motivation and engagement in serious video games, including the cognitive processes and response to persuasion through games; the effects of “clicktivism” (i.e. low cost, low risk online activism) on personal gratification and future intentions to take action; and applying game mechanics (AKA gamification) to instructional design.
From 2005-07, Lee worked as a reporter for Commonwealth Magazine in Taiwan, covering political and environmental issues, and from 2007-08 worked as a researcher on sustainable urban planning for the Green Architecture Organization.
The Wall Street Journal quotes Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication Clay Calvert regarding SEC redactions in documents related to its investigation of AIG in the January 27, 2014 story, “Request to SEC for AIG Files Nets Heavily Redacted Documents.”
Samuel G. Freedman
Samuel G. Freedman, an award-winning author, professor and New York Times columnist, will speak about his book, “Breaking the Line: The Season in Black College Football that Transformed the Game and Changed the Course of Civil Rights” on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 6 p.m. in the MacKay Auditorium at Pugh Hall on the University of Florida campus.
The event, free and open to the public, is sponsored by the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications.
“Breaking the Line” shares the story of the historic battle for the 1967 black college football championship. In the novel, Freedman writes about two African American coaches, Eddie Robinson of Grambling State University and Jake Gaither of Florida A&M University, and two African American quarterbacks, James Harris and Ken Riley.
These four individuals helped integrate the South’s segregated colleges. They also redefined the roles of NFL quarterback, head coach and franchise general manager. The latest of Freedman’s seven books, “Breaking the Line” was released last August.
Freedman won a Helen Bernstein Award for Excellence in Journalism for his book “Upon This Rock” in 1997. His book “The Inheritance” was a finalist for the 1997 Pulitzer Prize. Freedman is a professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism in New York City. He writes the column, “On Religion,” for the New York Times and has contributed to several other publications, including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone and USA Today.
WCJB TV-20 reporter Trent Kelly (TEL 2012) interviewed Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication Clay Calvert in the January 16, 2014 story, “Court’s Net Neutrality Ruling Could Hurt Startup Companies” regarding the federal appeals court ruling which struck down the FCC’s “net neutrality” rules.