The Public Relations Department’s mission is to provide exemplary leadership, education and scholarship to advance public relations through effective communication and actions in support of a civil society and democratic ideals. The department educates the standard bearers of the profession for an interdependent local and global society.
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Happening this Friday, Feb. 3 at 1 pm ET. https://twitter.com/AEJMC_PRD/status/1619119563815387137
Where do public interest communications and PR diverge? Join our virtual panel next Friday for a conversation about the landscape of public interest communications led by @CommsProfAngela & panelists @dr_tindall @JuliaDaisyPMC @annsearight @DrMCar. Link: https://tinyurl.com/2023PRDVirtualConference
Got to speak on a panel tonight for the Asian Public Relations Student Association at my alma mater. I get pure joy seeing AAPI college students wanting to use their education to impact the communities around them. 💛 Thank you for having me @UFPRDepartment! 🐊
A behind-the-scenes look at Brittany Shaughnessy's (@brit_shag) campaigns class meeting with its client, the @UFJSchool Innovation News Center! 👏 We can’t wait to see the great work this group comes up with!
Associate Professor @HmielowskiJay was quoted in “America’s Culture Wars Extend Into Medicine," published Jan. 8 in @TheEconomist. The article covers the decline in confidence in the medical establishment.
Read more here:
Jay Hmielowski Comments on How America’s Culture War Has Extended To Medicine
Jay Hmielowski, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) Public Relations associate professo...
“I’d like to use my communication skills and give back to my society,” @UFJSchool doctoral student Francis Akanbi said.
Read more about his journey from studying linguistics in Nigeria to researching corporate purpose @UF here:
Doctoral Student Marries Love For Communication and Linguistics to Study Public Relations
By Lenore Devore, B.S. Journalism, 1984The son of a linguistics professor, Francis Akanbi knew from a young age th...
Let's all welcome @RDFrazer who will be joining us in the fall as an assistant professor! Frazer is currently a doctoral candidate at @OhioStateComm. We are so excited to see you in the fall, Rebecca! Go Gators 🐊
Rebecca Frazer Joins UFCJC as a Public Relations Assistant Professor in Fall 2023
The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications today announced that Rebecca Frazer will be joining...
We are thrilled to have @chris10buckley joining us in the fall as an assistant professor! Buckley is currently a doctoral candidate at @PSUCOMMGradEd. Let's all give her a warm welcome! Go Gators! 🐊
Christen Buckley Joins UFCJC as a Public Relations Assistant Professor in Fall 2023
The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications today announced that Christen Buckley will be joini...
The 2023 Student Case Study Competition with @awpagesociety is now open for entries! Apply by Jan. 13 to be recognized by the nation's leading corporate communications executives: http://ow.ly/6UZS50M3vVT
PRWeek has selected @UFPRDepartment as one of five finalists in the 2023 PRWeek Awards Outstanding Education Program category. The winner will be announced on March 16.
UFCJC Public Relations Department is a Finalist in the 2023 PRWeek Awards Outstanding Education Program Category
PRWeek has selected the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) Public Relations Departme...
Ann Searight Christiano (@annsearight), Director of @RealGoodCenter, found that physicians can be the main source of trust for vaccinations in “Clinicians as Trusted Messengers - The ‘Secret Sauce’ for Vaccine Confidence.”
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Ann Searight Christiano Co-Authors Article on the Importance of Communication to Instill Vaccine Confidence
Ann Searight Christiano, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Center for Public Interest Commu...
In a new study, @UFJSchool Director of Internal Comm. Research @RitaMen_UF found that internal comms. can strengthen employee organizational engagement. This study shows the importance of understanding employee attitudes to manage engagement.
Study: Internal Communication Can Help Strengthen Employee Engagement
A new study has found that internal communication can help strengthen employee organizational engagement. The findings ...
Director of Internal Comm. Research @RitaMen_UF, and @UFJSchool doctoral students @ReneeMitson, @MarcVielledent and Jie Jin explored the role of internal comms. when operations are interrupted by crises in "Leadership Communication During Turbulent Times."
Linjuan Rita Men, UFCJC Doctoral Students and Alumnus Author Book Chapter on Leadership Communication
Linjuan Rita Men, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) Public Relations professor and ...
PR Associate Professor @HmielowskiJay and @UFJSchool doctoral students Eliana DuBosar and Michael Munroe found that interpersonal communication can influence important science and environmentally related outcomes.
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Study: Interpersonal Communication Can Influence Science and Environmentally Related Outcomes
A new study has found that interpersonal communication can influence important science and environmentally related outco...
We're so excited to be named a top-five Outstanding Education Program finalist for the third year in a row at the 2023 @PRWeekUS Awards!
Thank you to all of our exceptional faculty, staff and students who contribute to the success of our program! We're so proud! #PRWeekUSAwards
Congratulations to our Advisory Council member Bill Imada (@bimada), Chairman and Chief Connectivity Officer @IWGroup, on officially being inducted into the 2022 @PRWeekUS Hall of Fame! Your outstanding contributions to the industry inspire us all! 👏
Bill Imada of @IWGroup has been inducted into the 2022 #PRWeekHallofFame! Congratulations, Bill
Check out this article highlighting PR student Rebeka Smolka's time as a summer intern in South Africa. Smolka credits @CommsProfAngela's Global Social Change class and Dr. @MyiahHutchens' Political Communication class for preparing her for the internship!
Two CJC Students Explore the Beauty and Challenges of Life in South Africa
By Michelle Holder, B.S. Journalism 2022Two University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (CJC) student...
Associate Professor @HmielowskiJay and doctoral student Jessica Sparks published a research paper on partisan media. They found that extreme partisan media on both sides tend to use more negative, and often less formal, language than non-partisan outlets.
Partisan Media Is Easier to Read and More Negative Than Mainstream Media, Research Confirms
Past research has suggested that the way conservative media frames and communicates messages to its audiences is dis...
We are heartbroken by the loss of PR Professor Emeritus Dr. Glenn Butler. As a professor and the first chair of our department, he was a beloved leader, teacher and mentor dedicated to helping countless students. He will be dearly missed.
In Memoriam: UFCJC Public Relations Professor Emeritus Glenn Butler
Glenn Butler, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Public Relations Professor Emeritus, passed ...
CJC's Public Relations Department has been selected for the PRNEWS’ 2023 Education A-List. This is the third year in a row that UFCJC has been named to this prestigious list, which was launched in 2021.
UFCJC Public Relations Department Named to PRNEWS’ 2023 Education A-List
The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) Public Relations Department has been selected...
Happy Thanksgiving, Gators! 🐊🍂
We are so grateful today and every day for our amazing students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. #givingthanks