Spiker is named Journalism interim chair

Published: July 21st, 2014

Ted-Spiker-200x300Journalism Associate Professor Ted Spiker has accepted the position of interim chair of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications’ Department of Journalism, Dean Diane McFarlin announced today. He replaces Wayne Wanta who has stepped down.

Spiker joined the faculty in 2001 after working at several magazines, including Men’s Health. He earned his master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware. Before he came to UF, he was also an adjunct at the University of Delaware and Lehigh University.

He is the co-author of about a dozen books, including the “YOU: The Owner’s Manual” series, and his work has been published in such places as Outside, O The Oprah Magazine, Fortune, Reader’s Digest, Runner’s World, Esquire.com, and many others.

His first sole-authored book about the psychology and biology of weight loss will be published in October. In addition, he has done scholarly research on magazine covers and has served as head of the Magazine Division of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

Category: College News

Calvert: False Accusations of Homophobia and Racism: Are They Libelous?

Published: July 18th, 2014

HuffPost: Politics on July 17, 2014 published “False Accusations of Homophobia and Racism: Are They Libelous?” a column by Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication Clay Calvert.

Summer Journalism Institute in the UF spotlight

Published: July 16th, 2014

The College’s Summer Journalism Institute for high school students is featured in the July 15, 2014 story, “Aspiring journalists learn newest skills for media jobs,”  in the University of Florida Spotlight series on the UF Web site.

Green joins INC as Deputy News Editor and Digital Director

Published: July 10th, 2014

Gary W. Green


A senior photographer and videographer who helped develop mobile reporting workflows for Tribune Co. newspapers, will join the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Division of Media Properties as the new deputy news editor and digital director, Matt Sheehan, the director of the Innovation News Center, announced today.

Gary Green joins a newsroom that provides local news, weather and sports content to seven terrestrial and affiliated digital media outlets managed by professionals and staffed with students enrolled in the College. He starts July 28.

“We’re so delighted to bring a gifted storyteller and visual thinker into the INC to help us shape the future of digital communication and news,” Sheehan said. “Not only does Gary have 20 years of experience, but as we look toward the future, we recognize that Gary’s ability as a visual storyteller will bring critical strengths into our newsroom and help shape evolutions in how we create and consume news on mobile platforms.”

Green comes to the College from the Orlando Sentinel, where he has served the past 12 years as a photo/video editor, multimedia producer and senior photojournalist.  His portfolio includes coverage of some of the biggest stories of the last two decades, including Sept. 11, deadly hurricanes, presidential campaigns, space shuttle launches, controversial court trials and sporting events, including seven Super Bowls, NCAA Final Four championships, NBA playoffs and the NBA Finals.

Most recently, Green led a team, and helped develop best practices, for utilizing mobile devices in the collection and dissemination of news by Sentinel journalists. Other Tribune papers are using those lessons in their operations.

Gary is also behind the video components of the Sentinel’s “In the Shadow of Race” series, which chronicled race relations in Central Florida following the shooting death of Trayvon Martin.  Todd Stewart, the interactive and visuals manager at the paper, called Green’s contributions to the award-winning series “some of the highest-level video storytelling the Sentinel [has] ever produced.”

Before joining the Sentinel, he worked for several newspapers, magazines and wire services in Florida, Ohio and Kentucky. He is a graduate of Ohio University’s School of Visual Communication. He is currently completing his thesis as a master’s degree candidate in mass communication at UF. Green’s thesis explores the opportunities and challenges posed by the digital disruption of a newsroom..

Green has served as a speaker at the ACP/CMA National Media Convention, as a coach for University of North Carolina Photojournalism Sports Workshop and mentored dozens of student interns and emerging journalists.

His work has been published by numerous national newspapers, magazines and websites including: Time, Sports Illustrated, New York Times, The Washington Post, Sporting News, USA Today and Huffington Post as well as several international publications. His journalism has been honored by the Associated Press, National Press Photographers Association, Ohio News Photographer Association, Florida Society of News Editors, Ohio Prep Sports Writer’s Association and the Associated Press Sports Editors.

About the Innovation News Center
The Innovation News Center, the home of the College’s news, weather and sports operations, opened in August 2012.  The two-story, 14,000-square-foot space provides nearly 100 seats for reporters, producers and editors working together to report the news for the College’s many distribution channels, including WUFT-FM (NPR), WUFT-TV (PBS), ESPN 850 WRUF, WRUF-FM, WRUF-TV6 and wuft.org. The College’s students work with professional news directors and College faculty to report for multiple platforms.

About the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications
The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications is driving innovation and engagement across the disciplines of advertising, journalism, public relations and telecommunication. The strength of its 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. The college offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees and certificates, both online and on campus. The college’s strength is drawn from both academic rigor and experiential learning. CJC students have the opportunity to gain practical experience in the Innovation News Center, which generates content across multiple platforms, and a strategic communication agency that will begin operation in Fall 2014. The college includes seven broadcast and digital media properties and the nation’s only program in public interest communications.

Category: College News

Calvert: Cannibal Cop and the First Amendment: Freedom for Thoughts and Fantasies We Hate

Published: July 7th, 2014

HuffPost: Crime on July 2, 2014 published “Cannibal Cop and the First Amendment: Freedom for Thoughts and Fantasies We Hate” a column by Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication Clay Calvert.

Sylvia Chan-Olmsted honored by international media economics conference

Published: July 3rd, 2014

Sylvia Chan-Olmsted


The 11th World Media Economics & Management Conference honored University of Florida Telecommunication Professor Sylvia Chan-Olmsted with its Journal of Media Economics Award of Honor at its conference in Rio de Janeiro in May.

The biennial international honor is considered a lifetime achievement award and recognizes significant scholarly contribution and inspiration to the field of media economics. Sylvia is the eleventh recipient of the award and only the second female to be recognized.

From Rio, Chan-Olmsted then headed to Seoul to serve as one of the visionaries for the 2014 Seoul Digital Forum.  SDF is a major international conference about innovation and inspiration in the context of the digital age.  There she talked about the development of multiplatform distribution, mobile, OTT and VOD systems like Netflix, and what the implications are for audiences and media industries.

Calvert writes about Aereo rulling, First Amendment ignorance in HuffPost Politics

Published: June 26th, 2014

HuffPost Politics published two columns by Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication Clay Calvert  on June 25, 2014, “First Amendment Ignorance: Survey Reveals Land of the Free and Uninformed” and “Slipperiness Behind Aereo Ruling: Solving Riddles of Legislative Intent and Separation of Powers”

NetNewsCheck features INC, Sheehan

Published: June 19th, 2014

The College’s Innovation News Center and center director and journalism professor Matt Sheehan are featured in this June 18, 2014 NetNewsCheck article, “Florida’s News Center Preps for Multimedia.”

Journalism and communications preeminence position goes to STEM translational communication expert

Published: June 19th, 2014

Janice Krieger

Janice Krieger

An expert on health and interpersonal communication will join the University of Florida to direct the development of the STEM Translational Communication Program at the College of Journalism and Communications, Dean Diane McFarlin announced today.

Janice L. Krieger is being hired as part of UF Rising, the university’s push to become a top 10 public research university.  She will join the College as Associate Professor of Advertising and Director of the STEM Translational Communication Program. The program will invest in evaluating what goes into a successful translation – how, when, where and to whom to deliver potentially life-saving information in the areas of health and science.

“We couldn’t be more pleased that Janice is joining our faculty. She will lead our collaboration with colleagues from across UF, including some of the nation’s top researchers in medicine, engineering and health professions, to more effectively communicate the unique medical and engineering breakthroughs being discovered on this campus,” said McFarlin.

Krieger comes to the College from The Ohio State University’s School of Communication, where she serves as an associate professor. She is a member of the university’s Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Cancer Control Program and the Center for Clinical and Translational Science Program. She also serves on the Ohio State Center for Population Health Disparities.

Krieger’s primary research focuses on health and interpersonal communication, especially in the area of cancer treatment and prevention, and she has conducted extensive research on prevention, treatment and education programs in the Appalachia Ohio area.

She is the principal investigator for several NIH projects, including a project on the development of family based clinical trials intervention for rural Appalachian cancer patients through the National Cancer Institute, and a project on adaptation processes in school-based substance abuse prevention funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

She has been published in journals such as Journal of Health Communication, Prevention Science, American Journal of Community Psychology, Health Communication, Journal of Family Communication, Health Expectations and Human Communication Research, among others.

A paper that she co-authored with one of her doctoral students has won the first-place ComSHER Article of the Year Award for AEJMC this year. The article, published in Health Communication, was selected the most outstanding piece in terms of contribution to the field, quality of writing and innovativeness.

Krieger’s educational background includes a bachelor’s degree in speech communication and Spanish from Indiana Wesleyan University, and a master’s degree in speech communication and a doctorate degree in communication arts and sciences, from Pennsylvania State University.

Tech World News quotes Calvert on Elonis v. United States

Published: June 17th, 2014

Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication Clay Calvert  is quoted in the June 16, 2014 story in Tech World News, “SC to Mull Free Speech vs. ‘True Threats’ on Social Media,” regarding the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear the true threats case of Elonis v. United States involving alleged threats conveyed on Facebook in the form of rap lyrics.