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.
Raise your glass in support of public radio at the 25th annual A Celebration of Wine event at the UF Reitz Union Grand Ballroom
A special mobile website will provide wine info at your fingertips
Support public radio at the 25th annual A Celebration of Wine event on Sunday Feb. 23 from 1 to 4 p.m. in the University of Florida’s Reitz Union Grand Ballroom. A 25th anniversary celebration will be the theme for the annual wine tasting and auction for north central Florida’s public radio station Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM.
The annual event works with local vendors to showcase wine and food, as well as host silent and live auctions. This international flavor tasting features a selection of wines from vineyards around the world, including the United States, France, Germany, Italy, South America and Australia.
Wines for the event are donated from participating distributors, importers and wineries. Blue Gill Quality Foods will feature culinary treats, desserts will be provided by Mildred’s Big City Food, and Classic Fare Catering will offer specialty coffees at the end of the afternoon. The auctions will feature special vintages from participating wineries and wine enthusiasts, as well as unique bottles and wine-related art by local artists of national acclaim. Tampa charity auctioneer Michael Roberts will oversee the live auction beginning at 3:30 p.m.
All proceeds from the tasting and auctions benefit Florida’s 89.1 WUFT-FM, providing public broadcasting programs and services to 19 counties in north central and mid-Florida. Over the years, those who gather to uncork the spirits have raised more than $320,000 to continue the station’s award-winning programming and services.
Pure Energy Solar is the wine glass sponsor; Springfield Law is the wine tote sponsor and Tallen Builders, Tecnicolors Salon and Fine, Farkash and Parlapiano are providing additional financial support. Keith Watson Events is creating the décor for this one-of-a-kind event.
Tickets are $60 in advance and $75 at the door and will be available in Gainesville at The Wine & Cheese Gallery, Wild Birds Unlimited, Mildred’s Big City Food, Blue Gill Quality Food and Dorn’s. The tickets are also available at Alarion Bank branches in Gainesville and Ocala and online at www.celebrationofwine.org.
In addition to the wine tasting and auctions, patrons can enjoy the Winemakers’ Dinner at 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22 at the Paramount Grill in downtown Gainesville. The four-course gourmet meal is paired with fine wines from Opici Wine Import Co. The cost is $125 per person. Seating is limited; please call 352-294-7138 for reservations. For more information, visit www.celebrationofwine.org
Public radio station WUFT-FM 89.1(simulcast on WJUF-FM 90.1) broadcasts 24-hours- a-day to 19 counties in north central and mid-Florida. The station has three digital streams and is part of the Division of Multimedia Properties at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications which serves as a training facility for students in the college.
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, 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.