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WUFT-FM Receives Two PRNDI National News Awards

Posted: June 27, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications student journalists and news staff were honored in the 2016 Public Radio News Directors Incorporated (PRNDI) Awards Competition. Two second-place awards were received, one in the Division C Breaking News and one in the Multi-Media Presentation categories, respectively, for “16-Year-Old Robert Dentmond Shot and Killed” and “Pulse Shooting Special Live Broadcast.” The entries were broadcast on public radio station WUFT-FM. PRNDI is comprised of public radio news professionals and students from around the country. The national annual awards competition is designed to honor the very best in reporting.

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CJC Students Create Online Multimedia Gallery on Berlin Experiences

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Posted: June 27, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications students traveled to Berlin, Germany in May for a two-week photojournalism study aboard program led by CJC Journalism Associate Professor John Freeman. Seventeen students created multimedia pieces ranging from a Syrian refugee to artists to musicians. An online gallery, produced on-site in Berlin, features images, a course video, blogs and a link to the hard-copy book of all classwork.

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Burson-Marsteller’s Pat Ford to Join CJC as Professional-in-Residence in Public Relations

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Posted: June 19, 2017

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications (UFCJC) today announced that Patrick Ford, worldwide vice chair and chief client officer for Burson-Marsteller, will join the College as a professional-in-residence for the 2017-18 academic year. Burson-Marsteller is one of the largest strategic communications and global public relations firms in the world with 77 offices and 85 affiliate offices operating in 110 countries across six continents. Ford will continue to serve as a senior adviser to Burson-Marsteller’s top management during the academic year. “We are immensely fortunate to have Pat as a professional-in-residence this year,” said Diane McFarlin, the College’s…

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CJC Student Receives Inaugural Sports Journalism and Communications Scholarship

Posted: June 16, 2017

  University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Telecommunication senior Ilario “Larry” Tornese is the first recipient of the G. Paul Smeyak Sports Journalism and Communications Internship Scholarship. Tornese recently served as a production operations intern at ESPN in Charlotte, North Carolina. “The internship was without a doubt one of the most beneficial experiences I’ve had in pursuit of my career in sports production,” Tornese said. “I gained valuable advice as to what my next step would be to reach my goal of becoming a studio director. The funds helped to relieve the burden of moving to a new location.…

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Jasmine McNealy Interviewed on Free Speech Incident in Gainesville

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Posted: June 16, 2017

  Jasmine McNealy, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Telecommunication assistant professor, was featured in “Women’s March Mural on 34th St. Wall Defaced” broadcast on June 13 on Gainesviile (Fla.) ABC-affiliate WCJB-TV20. The story focused on the “Seeds of Resistance” mural painted on the 34th Street wall in honor of the Women’s March movement. One day after it was finished, vandals defaced the messages on the wall and painted negative comments about the LGBTQ community sparking a debate about free speech. “Any kind of graffiti is considered defacement or vandalism, but the culture within the city of Gainesville…

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CJC frank Academy Team Provide Communications Training

Posted: June 16, 2017

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications frank Academy team recently trained 80 program officers and scientists from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA). The three-day training session in Washington, D.C., was designed to help scientists and program officers explain the value of their work and why it matters. Participants learned the science of storytelling, how people make decisions and form beliefs, and how to use both to develop their communication strategies. The frank Academy has provided tailored trainings to the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agriculture Sciences and the Southwest Florida Community Foundation and their…

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Tom Kelleher Journal Article Selected by Google Scholar for Classic Papers

Posted: June 15, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Advertising Professor and Department Chair Tom Kelleher’s 2006 article, “Organizational Blogs and the Human Voice: Relational Strategies and Relational Outcomes,” was selected by Google Scholar for inclusion in Classic Papers, “a collection of highly-cited papers in their area of research that have stood the test of time.” The article, published in the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, had 459 citations and was selected as one of the top 10 in the Communication category. The initial release of Classic Papers includes the ten most-cited articles featuring new research that were published ten years earlier…

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James Babanikos Wins Accolade Global Film Competition Award

Posted: June 15, 2017

James Babanikos, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Telecommunication professor, has received an Accolade Global Film Competition Award of Merit for “Fred Turns Fifty” in the Film Short Category. Currently in its 14th year, the avant-garde worldwide competition strives to give talented directors, producers, actors, creative teams and new media creators positive exposure. Entries are judged on quality, creativity and technical aspects. “Fred Turns Fifty” was written, directed, produced and edited by Babanikos. Houston Wells, Telecommunication lecturer, served as director of photography and camera operator and Charlie Mitchell, associate professor in the UF School of Theater and Dance,…

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CJC Alum Selected Chair of UF Investment Company

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Posted: June 15, 2017

Rebecca Patterson, B.S. Journalism 1990, was selected as chair of the University of Florida’s Investment Corporation (UFICO). During her six-year term, Patterson will work with a 12-member board of directors  to manage the University’s $157 billion endowment. UFICO promotes the educational purposes of UF by providing investment research, advice, counsel, and management for the University Board of Trustees and affiliated organizations of the University. Patterson is currently managing director and chief investment officer for the 110-year-old wealth management firm Bessemer Trust based in New York. Patterson, a regular CNBC contributor, was named by American Banker as one of “The 25 Most…

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Cyndee O’Quinn Joins the CJC Media Properties Weather Department

Posted: June 14, 2017

Cyndee O’Quinn has joined the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications as its new meteorologist. O’Quinn will work with Chief Meteorologist Jeff Huffman to prepare and present daily weather forecasts on radio, television, online, mobile and social media. They, along with student meteorologists in training, will also produce content for the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN), a collaboration of 13 public radio stations that receive information during statewide emergencies. O’Quinn will serve as a mentor and assist student interns/forecasters on newscast production, weather updates and social media content. Previously O’Quinn has served as the assistant senior manager…

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CJC Journalists Honored in SPJ Green Eyeshade Awards Competition

Posted: June 13, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications student and professional journalists were honored in the 67th Annual Green Eyeshade Awards, hosted by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).UFCJC adjunct lecturer and graduate student Michael Stone won first place in the Print Magazine and Magazine Feature Writing categories for “The Last of World War II” published in Senior Times. WUFT-TV received first place in the Television and the Television Documentary categories for “Pearl Harbor: 75 Years Later.” The television piece was produced by WUFT-TV Real-Time News Editor Ethan Magoc, Michael Stone, Telecommunication senior Chase Drayer and Justin Tompkins, B.S. Journalism…

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CJC Student Creates Los Angeles Times Interactive Election Map

Posted: June 13, 2017

Andrew Briz, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Telecommunication senior, in collaboration with Los Angeles Times reporter Ryan Menezes, created an interactive map featuring the results of a runoff election for an open California congressional seat.  Briz is a data journalism summer intern at the Los Angeles Times. “How Jimmy Gomez Became L.A.’s Newest Member of Congress,” published on June 7, includes the map allowing readers to view how each precinct voted in the election.

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