National Law Journal mentions Brechner First Amendment Project

Published: September 15th, 2014

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.

College delegation leads communications seminar in Colombia

Published: September 15th, 2014

"Strategic Communications and Public Relations Management” seminar in Medellin, Colombia Sept. 10-13The 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.

Juan-Carlos Molleda

Juan-Carlos Molleda

“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.

Michael Leslie

Michael Leslie

“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.

Category: College News

Billboard quotes Calvert on Facebook lyric posting case

Published: September 10th, 2014

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.

ABC News quotes Spiker on Ray Rice case

Published: September 10th, 2014

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.

Calvert: Metal Music, First Amendment Under Attack: Man Jailed for Posting Exodus Lyrics

Published: September 9th, 2014

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.

Category: Faculty Bylines

Bernell Tripp is honored by American Journalism Historians Association

Published: September 9th, 2014

Bernell Tripp

Bernell Tripp

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.

Category: College News

Alligator quotes Anderson on ISIS slayings of American journalists

Published: September 4th, 2014

Adjunct journalism professor Terry Anderson  is quoted in the September 4, 2014 story in The Independent Florida Alligator, “UF professor shares personal experience with terror abroad,” regarding the recent slayings of two American journalists in the middle east.

Journalism faculty release statement on slain American journalists

Published: September 3rd, 2014

Citing the necessity of a free press to report on international injustices and terrorist activities, faculty members of the University of Florida Department of Journalism praised the valor of two recently slain American journalists while condemning their beheadings by terrorists.

Terry Anderson, adjunct faculty member and a former Associated Press reporter who was held hostage in Beirut from 1985 to 1991 and chronicled that time in the book “Den of Lions,” said: “These two fine journalists, like all their colleagues, knew that journalism has become one of the most dangerous professions in the world. They believed, like their colleagues, that finding and telling the truth was important enough to do anyway. Their vicious murders gain ISIS nothing but more contempt.”

Two American journalists, Steven Sotloff and James Foley, were recently killed, their beheadings released in online videos by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) terror group. Sotloff, a freelance journalist who had written for Time and Foreign Policy, had been missing since August 2013. The video of his apparent beheading was released Tuesday. Foley, a war correspondent, was kidnapped in November 2012 and was on assignment in Syria. A video of his beheading was released in August.

Clay Calvert, director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project and Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication, said: “It’s sadly not surprising that American journalists are being killed. They are high-profile symbols of what makes the United States such a great nation – namely, freedom of the press.

“Terrorists will always try to silence a free press because it is a free press that exposes their atrocities for all the world to see, revealing them to be the cowards that they are,” Calvert added. “ISIS will not scare American journalists from covering their crimes.”

Kim Walsh-Childers, a professor of journalism, said it’s important for the public to remember the willingness of journalists like Foley and Sotloff to risk and give their lives to ensure that the public has accurate information from critical areas around the world.

“How would we know what’s really happening in the world’s danger zones without courageous men and women like these? And isn’t their sacrifice worthy of just as much respect and gratitude as those who serve in the military? After all, they go to the same places—but the journalists don’t carry weapons, and they can’t call in air support if they get in trouble,” she said.

John Freeman, associate professor of journalism, added, “Seeing our colleagues, our comrades, our brothers in the profession meet this end is simply disgusting and disturbing.”

Diane McFarlin, dean of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, said: “Journalists who pursue their work in harm’s way are the most courageous standard-bearers of the free press. James Foley and Steven Sotloff could be considered heroes—not because they lost their lives, but because they put an informed public ahead of their own safety.”

Category: College News

Calvert: Docs v. Glocks Case Fires Up in Florida: ACLU Files Brief on First Amendment Speech Rights

Published: August 28th, 2014

HuffPost: Politics on August 27, 2014 published “Docs v. Glocks Case Fires Up in Florida: ACLU Files Brief on First Amendment Speech Rights” a column by Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication Clay Calvert.

Category: Faculty Bylines

Calvert: Honor Journalist James Foley: Don’t Watch the Video

Published: August 20th, 2014

HuffPost: Media on August 20, 2014 published “Honor Journalist James Foley: Don’t Watch the Video” a column by Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication Clay Calvert.

Category: Faculty Bylines