Alumni News

Marcia DiStaso, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Public Relations Department chair, and Public Relations senior Gabriela Balayla have been recognized by PRNews as PR Trainer/Educator of the Year and PR Student of the Year, respectively. They were honored at the 2019 PRNews PR People Awards Luncheon in…

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Posted: December 13, 2019

Consultant, minister, coach and inspirational speaker Nona Jones, B.S. Journalism 2004, will have her memoir “Success from the Inside Out” published by Harper Collins Christian Publishing in Jan. 2020. Her book chronicles her unlikely journey from a childhood filled with physical and sexual abuse and being diagnosed with a behavioral…

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Posted: December 9, 2019

Mike Foley, the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Hugh Cunningham Professor in Journalism Excellence, was quoted in “Bloomberg Journalists Face ‘Ethical Minefield’ in Owners’ Presidential Campaign” published in The Globe Post on Dec. 5. The article focuses on the decision by the Bloomberg News editorial staff to…

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Posted: December 9, 2019

Zalome Briceño, B.S. Telecommunication 2018, is the recipient of a National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Lone Star Chapter EMMY Award in the Religion: Program Feature/Segment/Special category for “Las Mañanitas De La Virgen.” Briceño was a reporter on the eight-person team at Telemundo 60 San Antonio that contributed to…

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Posted: December 9, 2019

Allison “Allie” Faircloth, B.S. Telecommunication 2018, is the new afternoon drive host for 103.7 The Gator beginning Dec. 9. The Gator, a 100,000-watt commercial country music station, is part of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Division of Media Properties. Faircloth has been a promotions assistant with…

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Posted: December 5, 2019

Adriana Robles, B.S. Telecommunication 2015, was named to the 2020 Forbes “30 under 30” list for Hollywood and Entertainment. Robles is a writer and director for NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.” Robles, along with Hannah Levy, are the sketch series’ first female directing team responsible for the digital shorts. The pair…

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Posted: December 4, 2019

Kasey Windels, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Advertising assistant professor, is the co-author of “Selling Feminism: How Female Empowerment Campaigns Employ Postfeminist Discourses” published in the Journal of Advertising on Nov. 21. Windels, and co-authors Sara Champlin, Summer Shelton Ph.D 2019, Yvette Sterbenk and Maddison Poteet, report…

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Posted: November 22, 2019

By Lenore Devore, B.S. Journalism 1984 Julie Talenfeld, B.S. Journalism 1984 and Hall of Fame 2011, is a self-described news junkie, a successful business owner, a mother and a wife. She was living a dream in 2000, tackling the business world with her first husband at her side. They were hitting…

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Posted: November 21, 2019

Andrew Selepak, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications director of the online Master’s program with a specialization in social media, was quoted in “Which Streaming TV Service is Right for Me?” published in Best Company on Nov. 11. “With new streaming services coming soon, the current streaming landscape…

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Posted: November 20, 2019

JaNeika James and JaSheika James, both B.S. Telecommunication 2003, are the recipients of a 2019 Sentinel Award for their role as writers for “Depth of Grief,” an episode about HIV/AIDS on Twentieth Century Fox’s “Empire.” The twin sisters now serve as supervising producers for the hit television series. The Sentinel…

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Posted: November 19, 2019

Yulia Strekalova, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications research assistant professor and director of Grants Development, has been invited to be a grant writing coach for the National Research Mentoring Network (NRMN). NRMN is a National Institute of Health funded multi-institutional effort that supports research development focusing on…

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Posted: November 14, 2019

Tony Hernandez, B.S. Telecommunication 1997 and Hall of Fame 2019, today will receive the Creative Leadership Award on behalf of Jax Media at the Variety New Leaders Event in New York City. Jax Media, founded in 2011 by Emmy Award-winner Hernandez, Emmy-nominated producer Lilly Burns and John Skidmore, has produced…

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Posted: November 14, 2019