McAdams selected as Scripps Howard Foundation/AEJMC Visiting Professor

Published: May 19th, 2015

Mindy McAdams

Mindy McAdams

Journalism Professor and Knight Chair Mindy McAdams will be spending two weeks this summer at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a Scripps Howard Foundation/Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Visiting Professor in Social Media.

McAdams has been a professor in the College since 1999, teaching courses about the Internet and journalism. She has trained hundreds of journalists in digital skills and strategy in 17 countries. Her book Flash Journalism: How to Create Multimedia News Packages was published by Elsevier/Focal Press in 2005. She worked at The Washington Post and Time magazine 1988-1995. As the recipient of two Fulbright Scholar grants, she taught in Indonesia and Malaysia.

The Scripps Howard Foundation has funded the opportunity for six journalism/communication faculty to spend two weeks learning first-hand how media outlets are using social media across multiple platforms. These visiting professors “work” at the outlets, learning how professionals there communicate in a digital media world.

The second phase of the program provides funds for a professional from the media outlet to visit that professor’s campus for a three- to five-day visit during the fall or spring semester.

Washington Post quotes Calvert on Eramo v. Rolling Stone

Published: May 18th, 2015

Washington Post news media blogger Erik Wemple quotes Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication Clay Calvert regarding the the lawsuit filed by University of Virginia Associate Dean Nicole Eramo against Rolling Stone in the May 12 story, “Lawsuit against Rolling Stone claims ‘doctored’ photograph cast dean as ‘villain.’”

UF CJC at the International Communication Association Conference

Published: May 18th, 2015

Below is a list of conference papers by University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications faculty and students that were accepted and will be presented at the International Communication Association (ICA) Conference May 21-25 in San Juan, Puerto Rico. (Other conference roles are also noted.)

ICA is a leading academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication.

ICA member login is required to access the linked papers.

Lauren Bayliss, Ph.D. Student

Amal Bakry, Ph.D. Student

Ginger Blackstone, Ph.D. Student

MoonHoon Choi, MAMC graduate, December 2014

Naa Amponsah Dodoo, Ph.D. Student

Lauren Darm, Ph.D. Student

Dr. Linda Hon, Professor, Department of Public Relations and Director of the Public Relations and Social Advocacy Project – Center for Media Innovation and Research

Dr. Janice KriegerAssociate Professor, Department of Advertising and Director of  STEM Translational Communication Program

Dr. Sriram KalyanaramanProfessor, Department of Journalism and UF Online Learning Institute

Dr. Spiro Kiousis, Executive Associate Dean, Director of Distance Education and Professor, Department of Public Relations

Dr. Yu-Hao LeeAssistant Professor, Department of Telecommunication

Dr. Moon LeeAssociate Professor, Department of Public Relations

Dr. Juan-Carlos MolledaProfessor and Chair, Department of Public Relations and 
Director, MAMC Global Strategic Communication

Jordan Neil, Ph.D. Student

Anthony Palomba, Ph.D. Student

Tiffany Lynn Schweickart, Ph.D. Student

Ronen Shay, Ph.D. Student

Jungyun Won, Ph.D. Student

Dr. Wayne WantaProfessor, Department of Journalism

Xiaochen Zhang, Master of Advertising Student

UF students place second at 2015 Bateman competition

Published: May 7th, 2015

Left to right, Trisha Tucker, Nathan King, Valerie Yulee, Andrea Cepeda, Elliot Levy, and Public Relations Lecturer Deanna Pelfrey

Left to right, Trisha Tucker, Nathan King, Valerie Yulee, Andrea Cepeda, Elliot Levy, and Public Relations Lecturer Deanna Pelfrey

Congratulations to the University of Florida’s Bateman team for its second place finish at the Public Relations Student Society of America’s 2015 Bateman Case Study competition in Chicago today. Loyola University New Orleans, took the top prize.

The team includes seniors Andrea Cepeda, Nathan King, Elliot Levy, Trisha Tucker and Valeria Yulee. Deanna Pelfrey and Craig Dezern, Vice President, Global Communications, Walt Disney Corporation, served as this year’s faculty and professional advisers, respectively.

UF’s Bateman teams have a long history of competing successfully in the case study competition. The College’s team last won the competition in 2014; UF teams also won in 1983, 1986, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001 and 2011.

PRSSA received 60 entries for this year’s competition. Of these submissions, 13 entries received honorable mention and three were chosen as finalists to present their campaigns today to the panel of judges in Chicago. The other finalist was the University of South Carolina.

The goals of this year’s Bateman Competition were to increase awareness among the American public and educate them about the serious consequences of poor quality housing, as well as inform and engage communities in steps they can take to help Home Matters take action now. Students will implement a campaign that aligns with the mission of the client’s national movement or work with a local Home Matters non-profit member.

First established as the National Case Study in 1973, and later renamed to honor the late Carroll J. Bateman, APR, the competition challenges teams of students to research, plan, implement and evaluate a comprehensive public relations campaign for an actual client.

Spiker pens “15 Tips for High School Graduates” for Time

Published: May 1st, 2015

Time on April 30, 2015 published “15 Tips for High School Graduates” by Associate Professor and Interim Journalism Chair Ted Spiker.

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Aaron Zeiler named 2015 Karel Fellow

Published: April 30th, 2015

Aaron Zeiler

Aaron Zeiler

Aaron Zeiler, 4PR, has been named as one of seven students nationwide to participate in the 2015 Frank Karel Fellowship in Public Interest Communications. Aaron will spend this summer working for the Washington, D.C.-based Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. He’ll join Mina Radman, JOU 2014 who serves as Communications Associate for the organization.

The Karel Fellowship program honors and advances the legacy of Frank Karel, who established, led and nurtured the field of strategic communications in philanthropy during his 30 years as chief communications officer for the Robert Wood Johnson and Rockefeller Foundations. Our Public Interest Communication program, under the watchful eye of Public Relations Professor Ann Christiano, has consistently placed students in the summer fellowship program.

The Karel Fellowship in Public Interest Communications is a unique, hands-on, experiential summer program that inspires undergraduate students by exposing them to professional experiences as social change communicators. This Fellowship is especially focused on translating personal passion for a more just world into communication skills that elicit social change. Fellows—either first-generation or minority college students—gain hands-on experience through working on social justice issues, under the guidance of a communications mentor at leading local, national and global nonprofits in the Greater Washington, DC area.

The Frank Karel Fellowship in Public Interest Communications is made possible by support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Spitfire Strategies, Burness, Brodeur Partners, the Viola Fund, and Betsy Karel. Now in its fourth year, the Karel Fellowship is administered out of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, a network of funders dedicated to promoting increased, effective, and responsible philanthropy in the Greater Washington region.

Bateman Team named national finalist

Published: April 29th, 2015


Left to right, Public Relations Lecturer Deanna Pelfrey, Nathan King, Trisha Tucker, Elliot Levy, Andrea Cepeda and Valerie Yulee

Congratulations to this year’s UF Bateman team for being named one of three national finalists in the 2015 Bateman Case Study Competition sponsored by the Public Relations Student Society of America!

Five CJC seniors competed in Fall 2014 to be selected as members of the 2014-2015 UF Bateman Team. This year’s competition is designed to raise awareness and spark local and national dialogue around the importance of affordable housing, in partnership with Home Matters®, The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations and Edelman.

The UF Bateman team includes seniors Andrea Cepeda, Nathan King, Elliot Levy, Trisha Tucker and Valeria Yulee. Deanna Pelfrey and Craig Dezern, Vice President, Global Communications, Walt Disney Corporation, served as this year’s faculty and professional advisers, respectively.

After completing secondary and primary research, the team designed and implemented a public relations campaign throughout Gainesville and on the UF campus. The team completed its 100-page book for submission at the end of March. The “Imagine…a place called Home” campaign was developed in conjunction with two local Home Matters non-profit members: National Housing Development Corporation and Habitat for Humanity.

PRSSA Headquarters received 60 entries for this year’s competition. Of these submissions, 13 entries received honorable mention and three were chosen as finalists. The team will travel to Chicago for the finals on Friday, May 8. Finalists include UF, Loyola University New Orleans and the University of South Carolina.

Category: College News

Calvert quoted on public video recording of police activity

Published: April 29th, 2015

Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication Clay Calvert is quoted in this April 25, 2015 story on WPIX-TV (PIX 11), the New York City flagship station for Tribune Broadcasting, “Man claims he was illegally detained for filming Jersey City police,” regarding the First Amendment right to film police officers performing their duties in public places.

College honors students, alumni, faculty at awards banquet

Published: April 21st, 2015

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Congratulations to our winners from the 2015 awards banquet, held April 20, 2015. Chad Furst, who will graduate this spring with a public relations degree, received the Ruth and Rae O. Weimer Award. This award, named for the founding director and first dean of the College, is presented each year to the outstanding graduate of the College.


Cynthia Barnett
JOU 1989, MA 2003

Fabiola D. Santiago
JOU 1983

Ann Marie Woods Smith
PUR 1982, MAMC 1985

Joe O. Zubizarreta
ADV 1982

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Ruth and Rae O. Weimer Award

Chad Furst

Dean’s Cup for Professional Promise

Kelly Price & Krystal Lambert

Dean’s Cup for Scholarship

Jennifer Leggett

Dean’s Cup for Service

Connor Hachey & Katie Brady


Outstanding Advertising Scholar

Chris Burg & Katie Duguid

Joseph R. Pisani Service Award

Katie Brady

Robert Glafcke Award

Katy Whitehurst

Richard W. McGinnis Professional Promise Award

Krystal Lambert

John Sutherland Great Ideas Award

Kristina Camara & Devin Lee

Respess Award

Haley Bell


Outstanding Journalism Scholar

Chabeli Herrera

Journalism Service Award

Justin Galicz

John Paul Jones Jr. Award

Zack Peterson

Elmer Emig Award

Alex Harrisn & Kelly Price

H.G. “Buddy” Davis Award

Kathryn Varn

Society of Professional Journalists Award

Ayana Stewart & Erica Hernandez


Outstanding Public Relations Scholar

Jennifer Leggett

Frank F. Rathbun PRSSA Award

Chad Furst & Ana Gomez

Charles Wellborn Service Award

Andrea Cepeda

Jack Detweiler Professional Promise in Public Relations Award

Elliot Levy, Jenna Perlman, James E. Parker & Paige Thies

Florida Public Relations Association Award

Chad Furst & Jennifer Leggett


Outstanding Telecommunication Scholar

Virginia Hamrick

Major Garland Powell Award

Lizette Arocha

May Burton Award

Connor Hachey

F. Leslie Smith Management Award

Joselyn Oliva


Leah Harding


Jon Quattlebaum Award

Rochelle Alleyne & Zak Dahlheimer

Ralph L. Lowenstein Broadcast News Award

Morgan Falcon

Kenneth A. Christiansen Award

Leanna Schachetti

TV Production & Creative Services Frank Counts Award

Kaley LaMarca

“Red” Barber Award

Corey Brooks

Doris Bardon Award

April Lanuza

Excellence in Digital Media Award

Katie Campbell

Excellence in Multimedia Meteorology Award

Sean Bellafiore

Excellence in Media Leadership

Andrew Arons & Julian Hernandez


Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher

Nicki Karimipour & Annelie Schmittel

Outstanding Master’s Student

Kendra Auguste & Gary Green

Outstanding Student Research Award

Annelie Schmittel & Yulia Strekalova


Outstanding Doctoral Mentor

Juan-Carlos Molleda

Teacher of the Year

Ann Christiano

Faculty Research

Kim Walsh Childers

Faculty Service

Cynthia Morton Padovano

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Calvert: Indecency, Politics and the FCC: A New Round in the Culture Wars?

Published: April 16th, 2015

HuffPost: Entertainment on April 16, 2015 published “Indecency, Politics and the FCC: A New Round in the Culture Wars?” a column by Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication Clay Calvert regarding the FCC’s standards on indecency.

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