College News

2017 Gainesville Congenital Heart Walk

Posted: February 21, 2017

The third annual 2017 Gainesville Congenital Heart Walk will be taking place on Sunday, April 9, 2017 at Flavet Field planned by Gators for The Children’s Heart Foundation, a UF student organization. Join the Gainesville community in fundraising $35,000 to fight congenital heart disease, America’s #1 birth defect. The 3k walk features local food, music, and speakers on congenital heart disease.  All proceeds go to The Children’s Heart Foundation and the Adult Congenital Heart Association. Participants who raise $100 will receive an event t-shirt at the walk. Register for FREE!

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Auditions for Noticias WUFT Summer & Fall Opportunities!

Posted: February 17, 2017

Hola, Todos~ With the CJC committed to growing its Spanish language news operation, there’s no better time to get involved with Noticias WUFT! We will be holding auditions/interviews soon for *both* Summer and Fall semesters. If you are interested, please email Dr. Coffey directly at acoffey@jou.ufl.edu for scheduling.  Here are all the specifics… Auditioning Info While there are many positions available with Noticias WUFT (including writing and reporting), auditions and interviews are required for the news anchoring/executive producer and sports reporter/anchor positions. Minimum requirements for these anchoring positions include:  Passed RTV 2100, JOU 3109, or equivalent ability Fluent written and…

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Clay Calvert Pens Article on Fake News, Censorship and the Third Person Effect

Posted: February 17, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project Director Clay Calvert’s article, “Fake News, Censorship & the Third-Person Effect: You Can’t Fool Me, Only Others!” was published in The Huffington Post on Feb. 16. Calvert claims there is a major paradox when it comes to people’s beliefs about fake news. He says that many tend to believe that they can spot fake news ― they won’t be fooled by it ― but others who are naive and less media savvy will be duped. Educating people on  how to spot fake news and publicly shaming…

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CJC Hires Distinguished Scholar and Professional to Lead Department of Public Relations

Marcia DiStaso

Posted: February 17, 2017

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications today announced that Dr. Marcia DiStaso will be joining the College in July as the new chair of the Department of Public Relations. Dr. DiStaso is replacing Dr. Juan-Carlos Molleda who left the College last year to become dean of the University of Oregon School of Journalism and Communication. She will assume a leadership role at one of the top five Public Relations programs in the country with a faculty comprised of 10 distinguished scholars and practitioners. She will also work closely with The Agency, the College’s strategic communication agency led…

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Communicate Magazine is Officially Accepting Submissions!

Posted: February 15, 2017

Communicate magazine is officially accepting submissions for Vol. 4 “Valientes.” Our magazine is a student-run, bilingual, undergraduate magazine which caters to all students, regardless of background or major. This is a great opportunity to have your work published and known. Submissions could be essays, interviews, photo essays, photography, poetry, creative writing, including fiction and non-fiction. In order for submissions to be reviewed, pieces must be submitted by March 1st in PDF format to hcaatuf@gmail.com. Subject should contain “Submission” and your name.  

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CJC Student Briana Erickson Honored in Annual Hearst Competition

Posted: February 15, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Journalism senior Briana Erickson tied for 12th place in the Enterprise Reporting category in the 2016 Hearst Journalism Awards Competition. Erickson worked with WUFT News Manager Gary Green on the winning entry from her Advanced Editing course.  “Healthcare Divide: East Gainesville Residents Struggle to Find Accessible Healthcare,” published on wuft.org on Oct. 9, 2016, focuses on the lack of primary and preventative care on the eastside of Gainesville.

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20 CJC Students Receive MAIP Internships

Posted: February 14, 2017

The American Association of Advertising Agencies announced that 20 University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications participants have been placed in positions at top agencies as part of their Multicultural Advertising Internship Program (MAIP).  All UF MAIP finalists were placed in internship positions. MAIP’s mission is to lead an industry evolution to provide the highest quality, diverse talent and to provide the advertising industry with unparalleled, developed diverse talent. MAIP sources top talent from more than 3,800 colleges, universities, and portfolio schools nationwide and places them in internship positions at top agencies all over the country. UF’s 20 finalists were…

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Univision and CNN News Veteran to Lead UF Spanish-language News Programming

Dania Alexandrino

Posted: February 14, 2017

Dania Alexandrino will join the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications in the new position of Spanish-language News Manager. Alexandrino is a news producer and reporter for the Univision Network and its East Coast affiliates in San Juan, Puerto Rico.  She was formerly a CNN en Español reporter and producer. In her new role, Alexandrino will help expand the College’s Spanish-language news offerings across media and digital platforms.  She will oversee the College’s Division of Media Properties Spanish-language news programming, including oversight and production of the weekly Noticias WUFT radio broadcast and its news team, the production and…

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Defining Moments: Craig Heyl, B.S. Telecommunication 1989

Craig Heyl

Posted: February 13, 2017

A passion for storytelling combined with early hands-on experience inspired Craig Heyl to pursue a career in video production. Along the way, Heyl has been a news editor, video producer, Turner Broadcasting senior vice president, Georgia State University professor and now he is working with team at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta on a number of their strategic planning initiatives. Heyl worked behind the scenes at WUFT-TV as a floor manager, technical director and video producer while also working part-time for UAA Information Services. Heyl was inspired by many, but considers two men as his mentors: former WUFT-TV videographer Bill Abrams…

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The Ray Greenly Scholarship Application is Now Open

Posted: February 10, 2017

The 2017 Ray Greenly Scholarship application is now available! This opportunity awards over $100,000 in scholarships to students who have the potential to succeed in digital retail and e-commerce. We’re looking for students with a creative and entrepreneurial spirit who can find innovative ways to connect retail customers to brands and products. Students don’t have to be in a retail program or major to apply; in fact, students pursuing majors in ecommerce, engineering, marketing or advertising, journalism, graphic design and IT are all critically important for the future of digital retail and are encouraged to submit an application. The deadline…

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BEA- The Broadcast Education Association FREE Student Membership!

Posted: February 9, 2017

BEA is the largest academic organization for electronic media. It is supported by the National Association of Broadcasters. This resources allows students to sign up for FREE membership! TO SIGN UP FOR FREE STUDENT MEMBERSHIP Undergraduate student members must have an active interest in electronic media or other multimedia enterprises related to research and creative endeavors.  (You must complete ALL SIX STEPS) STEP 1: Select Member Login at the top right of WWW.BEAWEB.ORG then click on New Visitor Registration STEP 2: Enter your Primary Email Address then press Go STEP 3: Enter your Personal Information then press Create Account STEP 4:…

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Tim Sorel to Receive BEA “Best of Festival” Award for Documentary Film

Tim Sorel

Posted: February 9, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Telecommunication Professor Tim Sorel was selected to receive a Best of Festival award for Faculty Documentary from the BEA Festival of Media Arts, an international refereed exhibition of faculty creative activities and a national showcase for student work. Sorel won for “My Kid is Not Crazy: A search for hope in the face of misdiagnosis,” a compelling story of six children and their families affected by Pediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorder Associated with Streptococcal Infections (PANDAS).   In addition to capturing the heart-wrenching journey of these families, the film also captures flaws in modern…

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