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 Conversation on October 2, 2015 published, “How do libraries get away with banning books?,” an article by Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication Clay Calvert.
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.
Handbook of Media Branding is a new comprehensive resource for researchers and industry experts offering a critical overview of current issues and achievements in media branding.
The authors, UF College of Journalism and Communications Telecommunication Professor Sylvia Chan-Olmsted and three professors from Switzerland, Sweden and Austria, discuss media branding from both American and European viewpoints, disciplines and research traditions. The handbook offers insight into the peculiarities of this field and reveals links and commonalities with other areas of study within communication science.
The handbook, which is published by Springer and available at springer.com, also reflects on current issues in media management practice and research.
UF College of Journalism and Communications Telecommunication Associate Professor James Babanikos will participate in a special presentation of his film “Somewhere Beyond” as part of Community Peacebuilding Month, sponsored by the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding in Gainesville.
The 46-minute dramatic film, produced in 2008, will be shown on Oct. 5 at 7 p.m. in the Hippodrome Cinema in downtown Gainesville. “Somewhere Beyond” explores what happens when a victim/survivor meets the prison inmate who violently attacked her years before. Their face-to-face encounter will change both of their lives – and the lives of others – forever.
This true story of redemption will be followed by a panel discussion featuring Babanikos, screenwriter and victim advocate Gretchen Case and restorative justice practitioner Jeffrey Weisberg.
Los Angeles – September 26, 2015: Two news organizations, both of which focused on government mishandling of information, received the second annual University of Florida Awards in Investigative Data Journalism Saturday at the Online News Association Online Journalism Awards event.
The two $7,500 awards honor high-impact data journalism that is exceptionally well presented and are the largest individual prizes offered by ONA.
The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel won in the Small/Medium category for the second year in a row for The Trouble with Taxes: A Look at How Inappropriate Reductions in Property Assessments Create an Imbalanced System. The investigative series uncovered that in many Wisconsin communities, property assessor practices have led to 20 percent or more of residential property taxes being paid by the wrong people and that state officials have done little to rectify the disparities.
The Austin American-Statesman won in the Large category for their investigative report Missed Signs, Fatal Consequences. The series showed how Texas Child Protective Services failed to systematically analyzed public records data, missing deadly patterns and key pieces of information that could help protect kids.
The prize was established through a generous gift to the University of Florida from the estate of Lorraine Dingman. Representatives from the winning news organizations are invited to the College of Journalism and Communications as journalists in residence to discuss the project and work with both students and faculty on investigative journalism techniques.
For the Journal Sentinel series, the ONA said “the judges were impressed by the meticulous data journalism, especially the interactive databases that let readers look up how their own homes and neighborhoods were affected. The project helped readers — and the judges — see a topic as dry and technical as tax assessments as a matter of basic fairness that affects everyone.” Journalists Raquel Rutledge, Kevin Crowe, Allan James Vestal, Bill Schulz and Erin Caughey produced the series.
And for the Austin American-Statesman report, judges summed this project up by saying: “Extraordinary work that could save lives.” The team of journalists working on this investigation included Eric Dexheimer, Andrea Ball, Jeremy Schwartz, Laura Skelding, Kelly West, Andrew Chavez, Gabrielle Muñoz, Eric Webb and Christian McDonald.
Other finalists included, in the Small/Medium category: Ballot Watch from PBS’s FRONTLINE, Unsolved Homicides from the Los Angeles News Group and Who’s Trying to Influence Your Vote? from the Center for Public Integrity.
In the Large category, finalists included Medicare Unmasked from The Wall Street Journal, Stop and Seize from The Washington Post and Swiss Leaks: Murky Cash Sheltered by Bank Secrecy from The Center for Public Integrity’s International Consortium of Investigative Journalists.
For more information, contact Matt Sheehan, director of the College’s Innovation News Center, at email@example.com.
About the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications
The College of Journalism and Communications, one of the largest communication programs in the U.S., is driving innovation and engagement across the disciplines of advertising, journalism, public relations and telecommunication. The strength of its undergraduate, masters and Ph.D. programs, faculty, students and alumni — in research and in practice — has earned the college ongoing recognition as one of the best in the nation among its peers. In scholarship, college faculty consistently are leaders in papers published at major academic conferences. In practice, the College’s 100-seat newsroom provides daily news to the five radio and two TV stations and corresponding digital media properties owned by the college. Its strategic communication agency provides advertising and public relations students with experience working on real-world campaigns for regional, national and international clients.
About the Online News Association
The Online News Association is the world’s largest association of digital journalists. ONA’s mission is to inspire innovation and excellence among journalists to better serve the public. The membership includes news writers, producers, designers, editors, bloggers, developers, photographers, educators, students and others who produce news for and support digital delivery systems. ONA also hosts the annual Online News Association conference and administers the Online Journalism Awards, which honor data journalism, visual digital storytelling, investigative journalism, public service, technical innovation and general excellence.
The Great Storytellers series talk with best-selling author and Alumnus of Distinction Michael Connelly, JM 1980, is featured in the September 22, 2015 story in The Independent Florida Alligator, “UF journalism alumnus Michael Connelly shares insight on storytelling.”