On April 26, 2016, the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, along with the ACLU Foundation of Florida and multiple medical societies, filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit in the long-running case of Wollschlaeger v. Florida, First Amendment Project director Clay Calvert announced today. The case centers on a First Amendment challenge to a Florida statute that negatively affects the ability of physicians in the Sunshine State to discuss firearm possession with their patients. The brief argues the Florida statute should be subject to the rigorous strict scrutiny standard of judicial review and, in turn, should be struck down as an unconstitutional instance of viewpoint based censorship.
University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) Public Relations Department Chair Juan-Carlos Molleda will be leaving the College to become the dean at the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication (SOJC). He will assume the role on July 1, 2016.
Dr. Molleda will be the first strategic communication and international scholar to lead the school, which this year is celebrating its 100th anniversary. He is departing UFCJC after 16 years, the last four as department chair.
He leaves a public relations program that is considered one of the top in the country. During his tenure as department chair, he launched both an online undergraduate program and two online master’s programs in public relations and communication management (including UF’s first online master’s in both English and Spanish). He has led the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) certification process, raised the stature of the department’s Advisory Council, and introduced new classes into the curriculum, including Sight, Sound and Motion, Social Media Management and Sports Communication.
Dr. Molleda was a key player in the conceptualization of The Agency, a public relations and advertising agency run by students, and was directly responsible for recruiting early clients. He is recognized internationally for his scholarship and in turn has raised the College’s profile around the world.
“But most of all, Juan-Carlos has fostered an environment of excellence that has allowed some of the finest public relations teachers and scholars in the nation to flourish,” said Dean Diane McFarlin. “He has inspired faculty and staff throughout the College with his vision and insights about the industry, the future of higher education and the opportunities for the College to excel.”
The press release from the University of Oregon SOJC announcing the appointment is here.
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.
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.
University 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.
University 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 Kochhar, 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.
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.
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 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.
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!