Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist: Lucy Morgan to speak Thursday, Nov. 20

Published: November 17th, 2014

Lucy Morgan

Lucy Morgan

Lucy Morgan will speak at the Bob Graham Center in Pugh Hall on Thursday, Nov. 20 at 6 p.m. Morgan has been a reporter at the Tampa Bay Times since 1968, where she served as Capital Bureau chief in Tallahassee and won a Pulitzer Prize in 1985 for investigative reporting. Mike Foley, master lecturer, College of Journalism and Communications, will conduct a one-on-one interview with Ms. Morgan and then open the program up to questions from the audience. The event and parking are free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored by the College of Journalism and Communications and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service

Category: College News

College announces funding for new media technologies laboratory

Published: November 12th, 2014

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications has received preeminence funds from the University’s Office of Research to build a lab focused on examining responses to new and immersive media technologies, Dean Diane McFarlin announced today.

The lab, yet to be formally named, will be housed in the 21st Century News Lab space and will be open to faculty and students pursuing experimental research.

“The lab’s chief goal is to examine the many ways in which users engage with information from myriad platforms and devices that would ultimately lead to an enhanced consumer experience,” said McFarlin “This focus on engagement and overall consumer experience has substantial importance for industry and society.”

Professor of Journalism Sri Kalyanaraman, a preeminence scholar who began at UF this fall, created the proposal for the new lab. Kalyanaraman, an expert on the psychology of technology, worked on the proposal with other CJC faculty members and with input from colleagues at other UF colleges and other universities.

The funds will be used to acquire technology and equipment to conduct experimental research, programming expertise, student and staff training, data collection and analysis and expert consultations. This infrastructure is expected to provide a significant impetus to pursue external funding, including federal and foundation grants as well as from industry partners.

“We also expect the lab to help us advance the intellectual mission of the College and to attract graduate students and faculty interested in this type of research,” McFarlin said.

The lab will also be an asset for designing and testing messages for various CJC units such as the Innovation News Center, the STEM Translational Communication Research program and The Agency.

The lab will be both a dedicated research and teaching space. The lab will be divided into four areas: a space for conducting experiments in immersive virtual environments (IVEs), a second space for conducting experiments on other media platforms (computers, tablets, etc.), a reception/post-study space and a research space with workstations for stimulus development.

EducationShift publishes Hernandez article on Mark Little, Innovators Series

Published: November 6th, 2014

EducationShift on November 6, 2014 published “Storyful’s Mark Little on the Future of Journalism and Education,” an article by Journalism senior Erica Hernandez about the recent Innovators Series visit to the college by Mark Little, CEO and founder of Storyful.

Jennie Erin Smith, first Science Journalist in Residence, is here this week

Published: November 4th, 2014

Jennie Erin Smith

Jennie Erin Smith

Jennie Erin Smith, UF’s first Science Journalist in Residence, is a reporter, writer and reviewer who specializes in science and natural history, with a longtime interest in zoos, museums, animals and conservation.

On Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 6 p.m. in Pugh Hall, she will speak on “Reptiles, Smugglers and Skullduggery: Environmental Reporting in the Underworld.”

While on campus, Smith will also be visiting with students in a few different settings.

On Tuesday, Nov. 4 she will be in professor Ron Rodgers’ Literary Journalism class in Weimer 1074 from 12:50 to 2 p.m. Smith will also have open office hours from 3 to 5 p.m. with Ben Dunn’s students in Weimer 3202B/3200. Other students are welcome to attend.

Before her lecture on Wednesday, she will have office hours from 10 to 11:30 a.m. with Ben Dunn’s students in Weimer 3202B/3200. Other students are welcome to attend. From 1 to 2:30 p.m. she will be in the Innovation News Center with students, and from 3 to 4 p.m. she will be in professor Chris Davis’ fact finding class in Florida Gym 260.

On Thursday, Nov. 6, Smith will be visiting professor Mike Foley’s advanced reporting class from 3 to 4 p.m. in Williamson 202.

Watch the video of her Graham Center talk

Category: College News

ABA Journal quotes Calvert on cyberbullying

Published: November 4th, 2014

Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication Clay Calvert is quoted in this article in the November 2014 issue of the ABA Journal, “NY high court says anti-cyberbullying law won’t pass First Amendment muster,” regarding the New York Court of Appeals 5-2 decision in July to strike down Albany County’s cyberbullying law in the case People v. Marquan M.

Calvert article cited in federal court opinion

Published: November 4th, 2014

Federal district court judge Matthew W. Brann cited favorably Brechner Eminent Scholar Clay Calvert’s article Defining “Public Concern” After Snyder v. Phelps: A Pliable Standard Mingles with News Media Complicity in Brann’s August 2014 ruling in the First Amendment retaliation case of Tayoun v. City of Pittston, 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 111282 (M.D. Pa. Aug. 12, 2014).

Judge Brann called Calvert’s article, which was published in 2012 in the Villanova Sports and Entertainment Law Journal, “a thoughtful analysis of the merits and demerits of the Supreme Court’s formulation” of the concept of “public concern.”

The Innovators Series presents Melissa Bell Wednesday, Nov. 12

Published: November 4th, 2014

Melissa Bell

Melissa Bell

Join the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications on Wednesday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. in Gannett Auditorium in Weimer Hall for a conversation with Melissa Bell, co-founder of Vox Media.

We’ll discuss how Vox is leading a new wave of high-value digital journalism, the science of how we consume the news, and Bell’s perspective on the challenges and opportunities of creating a startup news space.

Bell’s talk, which is free and open to the public, is the second in a series of speakers brought to UF through The Innovators Series, a project that will bring six leaders in the information industries whose inventive outlooks have propelled them to the leading edge of data, mobile and community engagement. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation is supporting the speaker series.

Category: College News

Cynthia Barnett joins the College as a Hearst Visiting Professional, will teach Environmental Journalism course in the Spring

Published: October 30th, 2014

Cynthia Barnett

Cynthia Barnett

Award-winning environmental journalist and author Cynthia Barnett will join the University of Florida for 2015 as a Hearst Visiting Professional, part of the College of Journalism and Communications’ commitment to help students gain and share critical understanding of the environmental challenges of our time, including water and climate change.

Barnett has covered water and climate worldwide, from epic drought in Australia to groundwater depletion in India. She will teach Environmental Journalism and other courses; work hands-on with students to cover environmental issues in Gainesville and globally; and team up across disciplines with UF faculty and students who are working to help improve public understanding of complex environmental issues.

“In a state defined by water and already feeling the impacts of climate change, we want to help our students tell these stories in ways that make a difference,” said Diane McFarlin, Dean of UF’s College of Journalism and Communications. “Geography gives the college a natural specialization in water and climate, and Cynthia can help us build it.”

Barnett’s books are known for engaging the public as they balance hard-hitting journalism with forward-thinking solutions. Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S. won the gold medal for best nonfiction in the Florida Book Awards and was named by the Tampa Bay Times as one of the top 10 books that every Floridian should read. Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis was named by The Boston Globe as one of the top 10 science books of 2011.

The Globe calls Barnett’s voice “part journalist, part mom, part historian, and part optimist.” Her latest book, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, is due out in April from Crown/Random House. She describes it as “drawing new readers to climate change – a topic too many people don’t want to talk about – with the help of the weather, a topic everyone loves to talk about.”

A long-time newspaper and magazine reporter, Barnett is a CoJC alumna who also has a master’s in environmental history from UF and spent a year as a Knight-Wallace Fellow studying water at the University of Michigan. After working with the CoJC professors behind UF’s capstone water-reporting course and frank conference devoted to communications for the social good, she said, “I was so inspired by the direction of the college that I wanted to contribute in the classroom.”


Category: College News

Spiker: 3 Mindset Shifts That Help Weight Loss

Published: October 14th, 2014

Time on October 14, 2014 published “3 Mindset Shifts That Help Weight Loss” a column by Associate Professor and Interim Journalism Chair Ted Spiker.

Category: Faculty Bylines

New book features chapter on multimedia journalism by Mindy McAdams

Published: October 6th, 2014

Mindy McAdams

Mindy McAdams

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Professor of Journalism Mindy McAdams has written a chapter on Multimedia Journalism for a new book “Ethics for Digital Journalists: Emerging Best Practices.” The book is edited by Lawrie Zion, associate professor, La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and David Craig, a professor and associate dean at the University of Oklahoma.

Ethics for Digital Journalists: Emerging Best PracticesIn the book, a team of internationally diverse authors explore emerging best practices in journalism, ranging from transparency and verification to aggregation, collaboration, live blogging, tweeting and the challenges of digital narratives.

McAdams, who also holds the Knight Chair in Journalism Technologies and the Democratic Process, has been studying the evolution of multimedia journalism for 15 years, since the earliest stories built with Adobe Flash appeared on the Web. She is the author of “Flash Journalism: How to Create Multimedia News Packages,” published in 2005. She joined the UF faculty in 1999.

Before moving to Florida, McAdams worked on the Metro desk at The Washington Post and at TIME magazine in New York. In 1994, she was the first content developer at Digital Ink, The Washington Post’s first online newspaper. In the mid-1980s she was a business editor and reporter covering personal computers, and earlier, a copy editor at Dell Publishing in New York.

Find details on the new book at: “Ethics for Digital Journalists: Emerging Best Practices.”