Andrew Selepak Comments on the Use of Social Media During the Recent Coup Attempt Against Turkish President Erdogan

Published: July 18th, 2016


Andrew Selepak

Dr. Andrew Selepak, UF College of Journalism and Communications Social Media Master’s Program Director, was quoted in the article “For Someone Who Doesn’t Like Social Media, Erdogan Used it Effectively to Put Down Coup.” The article, published on on July 18, 2016, focused on the fight for control of both traditional and social media during the recent coup attempt against Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

Michael Weigold Comments on Choices Available to Boost Social Media Skills

Published: July 14th, 2016

Michael Weigold

Michael Weigold

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Associate Dean for Undergraduate Affairs and Enrollment Management Michael Weigold was quoted in the article “Boost Social Media Skills with Online Courses” in the July 14, 2016 edition. Weigold comments the value of online courses to learn or boost social media skills.

CJC Student News Reporters Honored at SPJ Sunshine State Awards Competition

Published: July 13th, 2016

SPJ-Award-Logo-768x869Student reporters from WUFT-TV/FM, Noticias WUFT and The Independent Florida Alligator were honored at the 22nd annual Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Sunshine State Awards presentation in Miami. Students were recognized in both professional and student divisions for their work on radio, television, print and online.

In the professional division, Amanda Aracena and Patricia Matamoros placed first in the Spanish Language category for the “Noticias WUFT” Oct. 17, 2015 newscast. Clara Garcia and Nicole Segini placed third in the Radio Public Affairs category.

The student division was divided into sub-categories based on the frequency of a school’s flagship publication. High Frequency includes daily and multiple issues published five or more times a month. Low frequency includes publications that are weekly, every other week, monthly or fewer.

Honorees include:
Best News Story (High Frequency): First Place, Megan Bell, WUFT-TV
Best News Story (Low Frequency): Second Place, Megan Bell, WUFT-TV
Best Profile (High Frequency): Second Place, Dahlia Ghabour,
Best Profile (High Frequency): Third Place, Heather Reinblatt,
Best Sports Story (High Frequency): First and Second Place, Jordan McPherson, Alligator and WUFT-TV
Best Video (High Frequency): Second Place, Dahlia Ghabour, WUFT-TV
Best Video (High Frequency): Third Place, Eric Bandin and Nicole Gomez, WUFT-TV
Best Coverage of LGBT Issues: First Place, Heather Reinblatt,
Best Coverage of LGBT Issues: Second Place, Ashley Lombardo,
Best Coverage of Race and Minorities: Second Place, Dahlia Ghabour, WUFT-TV

Clay Calvert Comments on First Amendment Right to Film Police in Action

Published: July 8th, 2016


Clay Calvert

University of Florida Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project Director Clay Calvert was quoted in the article, “Is videotaping police against the law in Florida? Experts say no, but it’s still a risk,” in the Tampa Bay Times July 8, 2016 edition. Calvert commented on the First Amendment right to film police doing their jobs in public places.

UF CJC Alumni Douglas Boneparth Recognized in InvestmentNews’ 40 Under 40

Published: July 7th, 2016


Douglas Boneparth

Douglas Boneparth, B.S. Public Relations 2007, was selected as one of InvestrmentNews’ 40 Under 40 honoring young talent doing remarkable things in the financial advice industry. Approximately 1,200 nominations of advisors and associated professionals were evaluated on accomplishments to date, contributions to the industry, leadership and promise.

From InvestmentNews: “Douglas Boneparth has embraced a personal mission of being all about millennials, which goes well beyond just working with younger clients and helping them gain some kind of financial independence. Mr. Boneparth believes if the financial services industry doesn’t radically alter its old-school model of recruitment and training, it will come dangerously close to missing an entire generation of future financial advisers.”Boneparth, a partner in Longwave Financial, is one of 50 CFP Board Ambassadors charged with educating both the public and the media about financial planning. Boneparth also volunteers with both the Financial Planning Association’s New York chapter and The New York Public Library to provide financial education seminars. Currently he is working on a book along with his wife on “how my generation became so financially illiterate.”

Eunice Kim Receives International Research Grant

Published: July 7th, 2016


Eunice Kim

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Advertising Assistant Professor Eunice Kim received The Differences’ Research Grant in recognition of the top research paper, “Consumer Socialization Through Social Media: Antecedents of Consumer Acceptance of Native Advertising on Social Networking Sites,” presented at the Global Colloquium organized by the Korean Advertising Society. The paper was co-authored with advertising master’s degree student Yoo Jin Chung.

The research grant is sponsored by Korean Advertising Society and HS Ad, one of the leading advertising agencies in South Korea.  The paper will also be presented at the August AEJMC Conference in Minneapolis in the Advertising Division.

Clay Calvert Quoted in Airbnb San Francisco Lawsuit Article

Published: July 7th, 2016


Clay Calvert

University of Florida Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project Director Clay Calvert was quoted in the article “Legal Experts Give Edge to Airbnb in Its Suite Against San Francisco” published on on June 29, 2016.

The article focuses on the requirement that Airbnb hosts must now register with the city to avoid fines and the ensuing lawsuit against the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. In the article Calvert references anti-discrimination laws and their possible interpretations.

CJC Innovation News Center Represented and Honored at Annual Public Radio News Directors Conference

Published: June 28th, 2016

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications won first place honors in the Public Radio News Director Inc. (PRNDI) 2016 awards competition.  The reporting team, which included students Jena Sands, Rebekkah Mar and Ryan Nelson, won in the “Continuing Coverage” category for a story on the Florida black-bear hunt.


PRNDI annually recognizes the best of local public radio news in a wide array of categories. Students compete with professionals for recognition.  The awards were handed out at the organization’s annual conference, June 23-25 in St. Louis.

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Public Relations Department Receives Certification in Education from PRSA

Published: June 22nd, 2016

The University of Florida Public Relations Department has received the Public Relations Society of America‘s Certification in Education for Public Relations (CERP). The department now has certification/accreditation from both PRSA and from ACEJMC.

In the review, conducted by Douglas F. Cannon, professor of practice at Virginia Tech, and Joseph V. Trahan III, a PRSA Fellow and owner of Trahan & Associates in Atlanta, they report that “Educational Affairs finds the Florida program to be a model for other schools in most standards.” Specifically, they note the departments “prominence and diversity of the faculty, their leadership roles in PRSA and the Institute for Public Relations, and their mentoring of students in Florida’s PRSSA Alpha Chapter ”

Dean Diane Mcfarlin noted that “This achievement is testament to the leadership of former Public Relations Department Chair Juan-Carlos Molleda and the outstanding teaching and scholarship from department faculty.  And it validates our ranking as one of the top five undergraduate programs in the country.”

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) is the world’s largest organization of public relations professionals and university and college students.

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Jim Harrison Named Creative Director of The Agency

Published: June 17th, 2016

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Jim Harrison

 The Agency at the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications has named Jim Harrison as its first Creative Director. The Agency is a two-year-old integrated strategic communication firm led by seasoned professionals and staffed by students.

Harrison comes to The Agency from UF University Relations where he has served as Director of Creative Services since 2010. While there he was instrumental in guiding strategic creative efforts for the UF brand within the department of University Relations, as well as across campus for other units.

Harrison, an award-winning creative director, graphic designer and visual artist with over 25-year of experience, will lead The Agency’s creative team of more than 30 students, including copywriters, graphic artists, production personnel, developers and UX digital designers, and help manage an Agency-wide team of nearly 100. He will also provide creative leadership to MAVY™, The Agency’s proprietary on-line research initiative, which will include visual and written content development, user experience, and input on the development of quizzes and discussion forums.

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