Alumni News

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Telecommunication alumni and students were recently honored in the 2019 Broadcast Education Association (BEA) Festival of Media Arts – News and Student Film and Video Competitions. In the Student Television News competition, Noticias WUFT, the student Spanish-language news program, received top honors…

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Posted: February 13, 2019

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications alumna Daniela Dimitrova, Ph.D. 2003, has been named an Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) 2019 Senior Scholar. AEJMC awards up to two $5,000 grants to senior scholars to fund innovative and timely research projects. Dimitrova’s research proposal, “Terrorists,…

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Posted: February 8, 2019

Pam Fine, B.S Journalism 1979, has been named the eighth editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education. As editor, she will lead the nation’s largest newsroom covering colleges and universities. Fine previously served as the John S. and James L. Knight Chair for News, Leadership and Community and as journalism…

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Posted: January 29, 2019

The UF College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) Department of Journalism is hosting three recent grads during the Spring 2019 semester as part of its ongoing Young Alumni Bootcamp series. The visitors will offer a limited enrollment intensive “bootcamp” course on a specialized topic for students and guest speak in UFCJC…

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Posted: January 24, 2019

Nicolette Jennings, B.S. Telecommunication 2018, and Miss Clearwater Beach USA was crowned Miss Florida USA 2019 on Jan. 19. She will now represent Florida at the Miss USA Pageant later this year. While at CJC, Jennings was a multimedia reporter for ESPN Gainesville and WUFT Sports. She was a sports…

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Posted: January 22, 2019

Debbie Treise, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) senior associate dean for Graduate Studies and Research, will step down from her position in August 2019 after more than three decades at CJC. She will continue to teach until August 2020. During her 30-year tenure, Treise has served…

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Posted: January 16, 2019

Annelie Schmittel, Ph.D. 2015, is the new vice president of player development for the Philadelphia 76ers National Basketball Association organization. Schmittel, whose research at UF focused on crisis communication in sports, is now the highest-ranking female basketball operations executive for the team. She will oversee programs that help players both…

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Posted: January 9, 2019

John Janokaitis, B.S. Telecommunication 1979, chief of media relations for Aerodyne Industries in Cape Canaveral, received the Kolcum News and Communications Award from the National Space Club in Oct. 2018. The award, named in honor of Harry Kolcum, former managing editor or Aviation Week & Space Technology, honors news media…

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Posted: January 9, 2019

“Peak Florida,” created by students in the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications fall 2018 Environmental Journalism course, focuses on how Florida’s population growth, weakened development regulations, and accelerated climate change is affecting the Sunshine State. “Peak Florida” tells the story in five parts: Florida’s Growth, The Fate…

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Posted: December 21, 2018

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 “21 Social Media Pros and Snapchat Experts Share the Most Important First Step in Setting Up an Effective Snapchat for Business Account” published on sharethis.com…

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Posted: December 18, 2018

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 “Shouldn’t Every Piece of Content Be Clickbait?” published on the Content Marketing Institute website on Dec. 4. The article features a debate on “clickbait,” defined…

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Posted: December 7, 2018

Andrew Selepak, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications director of the online Master’s program in social media, was quoted “Are NFL Players Addicted to Instagram? Let the Colts Explain” published in the Indianapolis Star on Nov. 29. The article focuses on the NFL’s apparent obsession with social media and, specifically, the…

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Posted: November 30, 2018