Professor Wanta to be Visiting Fellow in New Zealand

Published: April 25th, 2016

Wayne Wanta

Wayne Wanta

Journalism professor Wayne Wanta has been selected as the Media and Communication Visiting Fellow at the University of Canterbury.

He will spend five weeks at the university located in Christchurch, New Zealand, beginning May 2. In his notification letter to Dr. Wanta, Dr. Babak Bahador, the chair of the review committee, noted that his University received many applicants, “you were clearly the best applicant. We were impressed by your research and mentoring achievements and believe our students and staff will greatly benefit with your presence in at the university.”

Wanta has lectured or presented research papers at universities in about 50 countries on six continents.

The University of Canterbury, founded in 1873, is the second-oldest university in New Zealand. It is routinely ranked among the top universities in the world, and has an enrollment of about 15,000 students.

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Washington Post Quotes Calvert About Trump Libel Case

Published: April 20th, 2016

Clay Calvert

Clay Calvert

Washington Post news media blogger Erik Wemple quotes Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication Clay Calvert in the April 19, 2016 story, “The libel laws targeted by Donald Trump are helping him big-time,” regarding a a defamation suit filed by Republican consultant Cheri Jacobus against Donald Trump and his campaign manager.

Zheng: Ads That Use Storytelling Can be Most Persuasive

Published: April 20th, 2016

Zheng picUniversity of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Assistant Professor of Advertising Lu Zheng discusses her research on narrative persuasion in an Academic Minute, broadcast on April 20, 2016.

The audio and transcript of her broadcast are available here.

The Academic Minute features researchers from colleges and universities around the world, keeping listeners abreast of what’s new and exciting in the academy.

UFCJC Faculty and Student Awarded Arthur W. Page Center Grant

Published: April 19th, 2016

MaryAnnFergusonUniversity of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFJCJ) Public Relations Professor Mary Ann Ferguson and doctoral student Baobao Song, have been awarded an Arthur W. Page Center 2016-17 Joint Faculty-Practitioner Grant for $10,000.

Ferguson and Song will serve as co-principle investigators on the grant which is titled, “Employee Prosocial Engagement in CSR through Empowerment in Decision-Making.”

Sarab Kocchar, director of research for the Institute for Public Relations will serve as co-principle investigator practitioner.  Weiting Tao, assistant professor at the School of Communication at the University of Miami and a graduate of UFCJC’s doctoral program, is the principle investigator.

This is the fifth Page Center grant-funded corporate social responsibility (CSR) research project  for which Ferguson has been the PI or Co-Pi.

The Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communication is a research center at the Penn State College of Communications dedicated to the study and advancement of ethics and responsibility in corporate communication and other forms of public communication.

WUFT News Wins Three Prestigious Regional Edward R. Murrow Awards

Published: April 19th, 2016

The Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA) has announced the winners of the 2016 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards. WUFT-FM received top honors in three categories of the Region 13 Small Market Radio Competition. “Gainesville’s Homeless Problem” received Best Documentary, “Not Disabled – Differently Abled!” was awarded for Best Series and WUFT-FM was selected for Overall Excellence.

The awards recognize the best electronic journalism produced by radio, television and online news organizations around the world. This year, RTDNA awarded 654 regional Edward R. Murrow Awards in 14 categories, including Overall Excellence, Breaking News, Investigative Reporting, and Website.

RTDNA received more than 4,300 entries during the 2016 awards season, setting an all-time record for the fourth year in a row. The national winners will be announced on Oct. 10 in New York City.

Walsh-Childers: The Murky Ethics of Gay Talese’s ‘The Voyeur’s Motel’

Published: April 18th, 2016

Kim Walsh-Childers

Kim Walsh-Childers

The Conversation on April 14, 2016 published, “The murky ethics of Gay Talese’s ‘The Voyeur’s Motel’,” an article co-authored by Journalsm Professor Kim Walsh-Childers.

Washington Post Quotes Calvert About Possible Fields Libel Suit

Published: April 18th, 2016

Clay Calvert

Clay Calvert

Washington Post news media blogger Erik Wemple quotes Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication Clay Calvert in the April 14, 2016 story, “Whatever you do, Michelle Fields, do NOT sue Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski,” regarding a possible libel suit by journalist Michelle Fields against Donald Trump’s campaign manager, Corey Lewandowski.

CJC Ph.D. Students Win Graduate Teaching Awards

Published: April 13th, 2016

Ph.D. students Gillian Wheat and Nicki Karimipour have been awarded 2015/2016 Graduate Student Teaching Awards.

Gillian, a graduate student in Telecommunication, teaches telecommunication programming.

Nicki, a graduate student in Journalism, teaches multi-media writing.

Each year, the UF Graduate School recognizes the best, brightest and most industrious of the University of Florida’s graduate teaching assistants for their work as instructors in the classroom and laboratory.

Congratulations to our students!

AP Selects CJC Alumnus’ Seven Mile Bridge Run Photos

Published: April 12th, 2016

Seven Mile Bridge Run

Seven Mile Bridge Run photo by Andy Newman.
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Seven Mile Bridge Run

Seven Mile Bridge Run photo by Andy Newman.
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University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications alumnus Andy Newman, B.S. Advertising 1977, has been shooting the Seven Mile Bridge Run in Marathon, Fla. for 32 years.  This year, two of his photos from the race were chosen by the Associated Press to include in their “APTOPIX” for April 9.

Newman, who is senior vice president at NewmanPR, shoots the race from a helicopter.

“I am gratified that the Associated Press chose these two images,” Newman said. “It’s an accolade not taken lightly as there is much competition from news shooters around the world. In my opinion, the Seven Mile Bridge Run is among the most iconic and visual events in the Florida Keys.”

UFCJC STEM Program Granted Center Designation

Published: April 11th, 2016

UF STEM Translational Communication Center

The University of Florida has granted center status to the College of Journalism and Communications’ STEM Translational Communication Research program. The new center will be called the STEM Translational Communication Center.

The Center’s mission, as articulated in the proposal to the UF administration, is to “develop innovative strategies for bridging discovery in the basic sciences with interventions to enhance individual and collective well-being in a number of domains, including the environment, technology, engineering, and medicine. The Center will position UF as a global expert in the effective use of messages to move knowledge from ‘bench to behavior.’”

Janice Krieger

Janice Krieger

The goals of the Center, which is led by Professor Janice Krieger, are to:

  • Conduct world-class research in translational communication science that improves the accessibility, understandability, and usability of STEM research in the public sphere
  • Provide outstanding undergraduate, graduate, and postdoctoral training in ethical translational communication science
  • Promote social change by translating emerging STEM findings using evidence-based strategies for community outreach.

The College has also been granted matching funds for the addition of three associate professors who would partner with scholars across campus to develop research translation and dissemination strategies.