College Media Matters features Sheehan, INC

Published: July 2nd, 2015

Innovation News Center Director Matt Sheehan is featured in this July 2, 2015 article in College Media Matters, “Matt Sheehan is ‘Leading a Movement’ at UF’s Innovation News Center That May Help Shape Journalism’s Future.”

Summer Institute hosts 115 high school students

Published: July 2nd, 2015

DSC_3092Crowded around the TV in the third-floor lounge of Broward Hall, about 30 high school students spent their last night as a group singing hits from both “High School Musical,” Queen and the karaoke classic “Don’t Stop Believing.”

Camper Olivia Fiss, 16, said the friendships and memories she made would be just two of the many things from camp that she would be carrying with her for a while.

“It was just fun to be all in one room together for the last night and cherish the friendships, “ Fiss said. “I felt like we were unified.”

This past week, about 115 incoming high school freshmen through incoming seniors bonded together over a common interest: journalism and communications. These students spent three, five or even eight days hearing from professors, working in the newsrooms and crafting their own stories, as they took over the College during the CJC Summer Institute and Pro Workshop.

Public relations professor and Frank and Betsy Karel Endowed Chair Ann Christiano introduced the campers to idea of communicating for social change through the developing field of public interest communications. Professor Norm Lewis spoke with them about big data and journalism, while they received interviewing tips sprinkled with sports metaphors from journalism professor and department chair, Ted Spiker.

The first five nights of the experience were the CJC Summer Institute. During this time, students attended keynotes and lectures as a camp in the morning, and in the evening, they picked from a variety of electives to tailor their experience to their individual interests.

The final three days of camp were the Pro Workshop where 58 students chose to focus on one of three topics: TV News Reporting and On-Air, Video/Photo/Mobile Production or Writing. They traveled in groups all over campus for interviews with people including UAA officials and the UF Historian. By Sunday, the students had crafted their own stories.

Phillip Bootsma, 17, attended both portions of the camp. He said that the CJC Summer Institute portion was a lot more relaxed and he learned about different theories and practices, while the Pro Workshop taught him how to put those practices to work.

“I always knew I wanted to be a journalist, but this has helped me narrow down what I want to do, and it taught me a lot of skills to be successful,” he said.

Being a part of the CJC Summer Institute, the campers spend their time not only exploring the college, but also exploring other aspects of the campus. They were treated to a week preview of what college life is actually like. Each night was spent living in the dorms, and they had their meals at Gator Corner Dining.

Landon Weeks, 17, said he sees the camp as a really immersive experience into college life and the world of journalism.

“It’s probably my favorite eight days of the whole year,” said Weeks. “You can’t have a favorite part to something, where every part was the best.”

—Jaclyn De Bonis, 4JM

Molleda Selected to Lead Innovative UF Graduate Public Relations Program

Published: July 1st, 2015

Juan-Carlos Molleda

Public Relations Professor and Chair Dr. Juan-Carlos Molleda has been selected to lead a first-of-its-kind graduate program at UF that targets U.S. and Latin American professionals, offering classes in both English and Spanish.

The specialization, Public Relations Communications Management, is the most recent offering in our portfolio of graduate distance education specializations, including Social Media Management, Web Design and Online Communications, and Global Strategic Communication.

Molleda is the perfect individual to lead this remarkable new program. As the chair of one of the world’s best public relations departments and as a scholar in global public relations, he has spent his professional life building close ties to industry leaders and outstanding academics in the field.  These relationships will impact our students in every class.

As Molleda has pointed out, “the growth of the public relations practice nationally and internationally and our leadership in the field of study, teaching and scholarship highlight the opportunities of the nascent program.”

Robert Grupp is named Director of Global Strategic Communication graduate program

Published: June 22nd, 2015

Robert Grupp

Robert Grupp

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications announces the appointment of Robert W. Grupp—a long-time leader in the nation’s public relations community—as director of its Master of Arts in Mass Communication (MAMC) program specialization in Global Strategic Communication.

Established in 2012, the online graduate degree program offers a focused curriculum combining traditional theory with practical exploration of emerging technologies to help professionals develop effective communication strategies.

Grupp, who is president at management consultancy Grupp Global Partners LLC, joined the College two years ago as adjunct instructor in the Global Strategic Communication program where he created and currently teaches the Capstone Course for working professionals. He has served for six years on the College’s Public Relations Advisory Council. Previously, Grupp was President and CEO of The Institute for Public Relations, which is co-located in the College in Gainesville. He served on the Board of Trustees of this independent non-profit for eight years.

“Bob has all of the necessary abilities and skills to excel as a graduate program director,” said Michael Weigold, Ph.D., associate dean for Undergraduate Studies and director of Distance Education in the College. “Bob has the experience, wisdom, judgment and passion to provide the necessary leadership, incorporate senior sector professionals in our students’ experience and help this established program to grow.”

Grupp has been active in higher education and serves on the Public Relations Advisory Council for the Fulbright Scholar Program of the U.S. Department of State, administered by the Institute of International Education. He also serves on the Advisory Board for the biannual International Public Relations Summit in Indonesia, and he is a long-time advisor to the China International Public Relations Association (CIPRA) in Beijing.

“We are excited to have a professional of his caliber leading the online Master’s program in Global Strategic Communication, said Dean Diane McFarlin. “His extensive experience and industry insight will be an asset to both students and the College.”

Grupp chairs annual Summits on Strategic Communications in Washington, D.C. and in London. These popular professional conferences—held consecutively for the past six years—focus on sharing best practices in corporate, military and government communications and public affairs. He is past president of the International Public Relations Association (IPRA) and co-chaired the IPRA Public Relations World Congress in Beijing with Li Daoyu, former Chinese ambassador to the United States.

For three decades, Grupp led communications teams and managed public affairs in corporations, multi-national organizations and non-profit institutions. From 2001-2008, he served as vice president of Corporate and Public Affairs at Cephalon, Inc. an international biopharmaceutical company and has held leadership positions in corporate communication at Eli Lilly and Company, Dow Corning Corporation and Consumers Energy.

Earlier in his career, he served as editor for daily newspapers in Florida and Illinois, and he received the prestigious National Headliner Award for excellence in journalism.

Further information about the program and application process is available online.

Celebrate July 4th on the 3rd at Fanfares & Fireworks

Published: June 15th, 2015

Fanfares & Fireworks

FANFARES & FIREWORKS will return to Gainesville on Friday, July 3 at 7 p.m. at the University of Florida Bandshell at Flavet Field on the UF campus.

The 2015 Independence Day Eve event is presented by the UF College of Journalism and Communications and its media properties: public broadcasting stations WUFT-TV and WUFT-FM, commercial radio stations WRUF -AM ESPN 850 and Country 103.7 The Gator, ROCK104.COM, and WRUF-TV. Admission is free.

Events sponsors include the City of Gainesville and the Florida Credit Union, with additional support from the University of Florida and GRU.

FANFARES & FIREWORKS will feature a variety of musical groups, an opportunity for families to picnic in the grass and a spectacular fireworks show.

The musical line-up includes Bears and Lions, a Gainesville group performing music that parents like and children enjoy; contemporary rock and pop music by InCrisis Band; and traditional favorites by the Gainesville Community Band under the direction of Gary Langford. The University of Florida Billy Mitchell Drill Team Color Guard will join the band during a salute to the armed forces.

WUFT-FM Operations Manager and Program Director Glenn Rickards and WUFT/WRUF News Manager Myra Monroe will serve as emcees.

FANFARES & FIREWORKS will conclude with a fireworks display by Skylighters of Florida set to the music of the Gainesville Community Band. The fireworks will begin at approximately 9:40 p.m.

During the event, LifeSouth Blood Center will conduct a blood drive and Aramark concessions will be available for purchase. More information is available at

For safety reasons, no dogs, sparklers or alcohol are allowed at the event. Coolers are allowed, but may be subject to search by the University Police Department.

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The Guardian reviews Barnett’s “Rain: A Natural and Cultural History”

Published: June 15th, 2015

rain-coverThe Guardian reviewed “Rain: A Natural and Cultural History” by Hearst Visiting Professional and Alumna of Distinction Cynthia Barnett, JM 1989, MA 2003, in this June 11, 2015 article, “Rain: A Natural and Cultural History; The Weather Experiment review – how weather forecasting began.”

Barnett: A Stormy History of Weather Reporting

Published: June 15th, 2015

Cynthia Barnett

Cynthia Barnett

Hearst Visiting Professional and Alumna of Distinction Cynthia Barnett, JM 1989, MA 2003, takes a look at the history of weather reporting in the article, “A Stormy History of Weather Reporting,” published June 5, 2015 on Mental Floss.

The College Expands Radio Offerings

Published: June 11th, 2015

WRUF-­AM Sports Radio to be available on FM and WUFT‐FM Classical/Arts will be launched

ESPN_Gville_850am_CLR_Pos-160WUFTfm-logo_2010The University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications will launch two FM radio stations and associated digital platforms in 2015, increasing the local content and formats available to listeners in Gainesville and Alachua County.

For the first time since it was introduced to the market nearly 90 years ago, WRUF-AM 850, the longtime “Voice of the Gators,” will also broadcast on FM, available at 95.3, in the next 90-120 days. The expansion to FM offers a higher quality radio signal than the current AM station and further enhances the commitment to the College’s telecommunication and emerging sports journalism program. In addition to ESPN programming, WRUF will continue to include local sports news and talk programming produced by the station’s professional staff as well as the latest local sports news produced by the College’s Innovation News Center.

Richard Drake

Richard Drake

Pending expected FCC approval, the College in October will also launch a new 24-hour classical/arts format on 92.1 MHz, which is a rebroadcast of WUFT-HD2, currently available only through an HD transmission and an online stream at Like its sister station, WUFT-FM 89.1, the new classical station will be supported through local business sponsorships and memberships from listeners. WUFT- FM’s staff, led by long-time classical music host Richard Drake, is finalizing a complete programming line- up.

“We are proud to offer these two additional stations to give greater access to the College’s heritage radio property where literally thousands of our students have learned the media business and a classical music station for those with a love for the arts,” said College of Journalism and Communications Dean Diane McFarlin.

“Securing these two new FM frequencies for the College is significant,” said Randall Wright, executive director of the College’s Division of Multimedia Properties. “For WRUF-AM, it is a major step forward in honoring the station’s past and present, and also securing the future of this historic radio property, owned by the University since the original on-air date in 1928.

“The new WUFT-FM Classical/Arts will provide a radio broadcast format not currently available in this market, helping to position our public media for another phase of growth from both a membership and underwriting perspective,” he said. “Both of these projects will play a significant role in the development of these products into multi-platform brands with a strong presence on air, online and via mobile.

Construction to build out these facilities at the College’s Millhopper tower site is currently underway with anticipated launch of the new FM stations between August and October, 2015.

In the News

Washington Post quotes Calvert on jurisdiction contest in Rolling Stone case

Published: June 11th, 2015

Clay Calvert

Clay Calvert

Washington Post news media blogger Erik Wemple quotes Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication Clay Calvert in the June 10, 2015 story, “Rolling Stone, U-Va. dean contest jurisdiction for defamation suit,” regarding the request by Rolling Stone to have the lawsuit filed by University of Virginia Associate Dean Nicole Eramo moved to federal court.

Kiousis featured in Center for Public Diplomacy blog

Published: June 9th, 2015

Spiro Kiousis

Spiro Kiousis

Executive Associate Dean and Public Relations Professor Spiro Kiousis is featured in the June 1, 2015 post on the USC Center for Public Diplomacy blog, “Culture Posts: What about the Public Diplomacy Context?,” regarding the discussion of context at the Public Diplomacy pre-conference held May 21, 2015 prior to the International Communication Association convention.

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