Advertising junior Thomas Echezabal is featured in this October 6, 2015 story in The Gainesville Sun, “Post-Great Recession, many workers must find their own way.”
Journalism Associate Professor John Freeman was one of nine speakers selected statewide to present a 75-minute session at the Florida Consortium for International Education’s annual conference Oct. 1-2, 2015, at the Paramount Plaza Hotel in Gainesville. Freeman’s talk, “Berlin Study Abroad — How an Immersion Experience Continues to Grow after 10+ years,” explained how his two-week photojournalism program began small in 2005 but has expanded to include a website of student work, a book featuring their projects, meetings with foreign correspondents, blogs, a summary video and audio slideshows.
The Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN) today announced that Florida Storms, the free app Floridians are using to stay safe during major storms, is now available for Android devices. The app has been available on iOS devices since late August.
The Florida Storms mobile weather application offers a simple way to stay informed of potential weather and other hazards, backed by real-time credible information from the nearest Florida public radio station.
Among the app’s features are:
- Weather map: Clean and fast national radar with 1-hour past loop and future radar up to 48 hours, including current temperatures, wind speeds and lightning data.
- Radio streaming: Live stream of nearest FPREN partner station, with ability to customize based on desired location.
- News feed: Multiple feeds of real-time watch and warning information from various sources, with simultaneous advisory text and radar view.
- Emergency preparedness: Information for a weather disaster, including what to do before, during and after a storm.
- Push notifications: Customizable, from the National Weather Service and the National Hurricane Center.
Both the iOS and Android apps use state-of-the-art weather tracking and forecasting technology supplemented with up-to-date information from staff meteorologists at WUFT-FM, the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications public radio station and host to the FPREN StormCenter.
“I am pleased that the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN) continues to develop innovative ways to help Floridians and our state’s visitors get dependable and accurate emergency weather information when and where they need it,” State Representative W. Keith Perry said.
FPREN communicates emergency information statewide through a seamless system of free over-the-air FM radio stations. The new mobile app extends the reach of the Florida station network with reliable and immediate accessibility on weather developments.
State Senator Rob Bradley added, “This is cutting edge technology that really demonstrates the changing way in which Florida’s public broadcasters can provide reliable, useful information to the people of Florida and our state’s visitors.”
The Android app can be downloaded here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.mobiquityinc.uf_florida_storms_android&hl=en
The iOS app can be downloaded here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/florida-storms/id1011397030
Florida public radio stations joined forces with the Florida Division of Emergency Management to form FPREN in 2014. The FPREN Storm Center is operated by WUFT-FM at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications providing local 24/7 weather, data and storm updates to all stations in the network.
FPREN stations collectively cover 99 percent of the state and are locally staffed and equipped to stay on the air even during times of massive power outages in order to deliver important information to local audiences before, during and after an emergency. In the event of a weather incident, the FPREN stations will continue to provide recovery information for as long as necessary. Working in partnership with the Florida Division of Emergency Management and local Emergency Operations Centers, listeners and users of the mobile app can be assured of having access to the most up to date information.
FPBS is a non-profit association of public radio and public television stations in the state of Florida. As the largest broadcasting network in the state, we reach more than 99 percent of Florida’s population through traditional broadcast, online tools and community engagement. FPBS stations are a state partner in education, emergency management and public affairs. Through our collaborative efforts, we identify and implement regional and statewide projects that enhance and sustain community initiatives that serve the citizens of Florida. For more information, visit the FPBS website at www.fpbs.org.
Adam Bornstein (MAMC ’08) was a lifelong fan of the University of Colorado, his parents’ alma mater, where he also attended intent on becoming a psychology researcher. Two years after he graduated, while doing research at the university, he had an “aha moment” when he decided that what he really wanted to be was a writer. But that wasn’t his defining moment.
The defining moment came when he enrolled at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications’ journalism graduate program. He was impressed with the breadth of CJC’s faculty and, in particular, was intrigued by the background of Ted Spiker, now CJC’s Journalism Department head. Ted was a prolific health and fitness writer for Men’s Health, where he was also a senior editor, associate editor and articles editor.
“I love to write and I loved health and fitness,” Bornstein said. “Ted’s bio spoke to me. So I hunted him down and asked him how he got to where he is today. I wanted him to help me chart my course. He had some very simple, but life-changing, advice for me: mix your talent with your interest. Follow both your passions.
“As strange as it seems, it never occurred to me that I should write about health and fitness. Writing and health were hobbies, not careers. That one meeting with Ted Spiker allowed me to have so much clarity and focus. After that talk, it all made sense and it guided the classes I took, my master’s thesis, my entire focus. That academic experience at UF changed everything in my career.”
How did that work out? Adam has covered fitness for publications such as Men’s Health, ESPN and Forbes, was editorial director at Livestrong.com, co-authored several books including New York Times bestseller Man 2.0: Engineering the Alpha, and founded and runs popular fitness site Born Fitness. Not bad for a former psychology researcher.
PBS MediaShift on October 5, 2015 published “Innovator Rafat Ali on Connecting the Unseen Dots in the Travel Business,” a story by journalism senior Dahlia Ghabour about the recent Innovators Series visit by Skift CEO/Founder Rafat Ali. The story features photos and video by CJC Visual Coordinator Ryan Jones.
Dr. Michael Weigold, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs and Enrollment Management, has been selected for the 2015-16 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program (SEC ALDP).
As an SEC ALDP fellow, Weigold is one of only 50 faculty and advisors chosen from Southeastern Conference universities to join this prestigious professional development program. SEC ADLP seeks to identify, prepare and advance academic leaders for roles within SEC universities and beyond. It includes a university-level development series designed by each institution for its own participants, as well as two SEC-wide workshops that will be held this year at the University of Arkansas and the University of Mississippi.
“The individuals selected by their SEC universities to participate in the SEC Academic Leadership Development Program represent the future of higher education administration,” said Torie Johnson, SECU Executive Director. “The leadership skills they already possess are sure to be enhanced by the SEC ALDP experience.”
Since its creation in 2008, more than 270 faculty and academic administrators have completed the SEC ALDP. Program alumni have become deans, provosts and senior-level administrators at universities in the SEC and around the county.
Weigold joined the College of Journalism and Communications faculty in 1989 and was named Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs in 2010. He earned a Master’s degree in Communication Research and a Doctorate degree in Psychology from UF.
While at UF Weigold has been involved in distance learning efforts and spearheaded the development of the College’s first online master’s degree. He was also instrumental in developing and implementing the College’s new Professional Advising &Teaching Hub providing a “one-stop center” for undergraduate inquiries and services.
A national investigation by Carnegie-Knight News21, a multi-university investigative project that included a top student from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, has captured one of the nation’s premier digital journalism awards.
Wade Millward, a 2014 journalism graduate from the college, was among 29 students from 16 universities who won the Online News Association award in the student projects pro-am category. The 2014 investigation – Gun Wars –featured dozens of multimedia stories, videos, databases and photo galleries examining the polarizing issues of gun rights and regulation in America.
“We are very proud of Wade’s participation in this project and our continued representation in the News21 initiative,” said Diane McFarlin, dean at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. “He exemplifies the talented students from our College who exercise investigative reporting skills in our Innovation News Center on a daily basis.”
The investigation was led by News21 Executive Editor Jacquee Petchel, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist, and Leonard Downie Jr., the former executive editor of The Washington Post and current Weil Family Professor of Journalism at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University, where News21 is based.
“This award is particularly special not only because it recognizes the power of strong journalism, but because it also underscores our efforts to be innovative in our visuals and storytelling about one of the most controversial topics in America,” Petchel said. “We are really proud of these young journalists for their extraordinary and visionary efforts on this project.”
Students analyzed gun laws in all 50 states and compiled the most complete database on gun-related deaths among children in America. They also traveled to more than 28 states interviewing hundreds of individuals and sharing their stories.
The Washington Post, USA Today and NBC News were among the news organizations that published major portions of the investigation.
“The ‘Gun Wars’ project exposed hundreds of thousands of Americans to a more complete picture of gun rights and gun control forces in the United States,” Downie said, “through penetrating stories and powerful multimedia about real people throughout the country — gun enthusiasts and citizen militias, women gun owners and entrepreneurs, teachers who carry concealed guns in their classrooms, the passionate lobbyists and activists on both sides of gun issues and the many inner-city resident and child victims of gun violence.”
The Online News Association is dedicated to inspiring innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public. Membership includes news writers, producers, designers, editors, bloggers, technologists, photographers, academics, students and others who produce and distribute news for digital delivery systems.
Carnegie-Knight News21 is a multimedia investigative reporting initiative established by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The “Gun Wars” project was also supported by the Miami Foundation, the Ethics and Excellence in Journalism Foundation, the Hearst Foundations, the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation, the Peter Kiewit Foundation and Louis A. “Chip” Weil.
The body image website Adios Barbie published “Are Social Media Sites the New Pro-Eating Disorder Communities?,” an article by Ph.D. student Nicki Karimipour which summarizes some of her research studies.
PBS MediaShift on September 29, 2015 published “How University of Florida Offers Lifelong Learning for Online Alums,” an article by Associate Dean and Advertising Professor Mike Weigold.