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CJC Doctoral Student Mila Khalitova Wins Prestigious Research Fellowship

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Posted: April 14, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications doctoral student Mila Khalitova has been awarded the Grunig PRIME Research Fellowship from the Institute for Public Relations (IPR).  The PRIME Fellowship is one of the most prestigious awards for public relations doctoral students. The Fellowship, which is awarded annually, is named for James E. Grunig and Larissa A. Grunig, professors emeriti at the University of Maryland. Khalitova will work at PRIME Research’s Ann Arbor offices for six weeks in the summer and receive a $5,000 stipend “to learn more about public relations research including data collection, data analysis, interpretation of research…

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The Florida Magazine Association Doug Damerst Scholarship!

Posted: April 13, 2017

The Florida Magazine Association honors the life and career of Doug Damerst by awarding a $1000 cash prize to an exceptional student majoring in the field of the journalism/communications. During his 10 years as editor-in-chief, Doug Damerst set an award-winning standard for the Orlando-based publication of the Florida Association of Realtors — no surprise given the excellence that distinguished each adventure in a communications career that spanned four decades. Whether working as a freelance travel columnist, public relations manager or managing director of communications, Doug brought an enthusiasm and curiosity matched only by an extraordinary ability to see the big…

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Clay Calvert Receives Prestigious UF Research Foundation Professorship

Posted: April 13, 2017

Clay Calvert, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication and director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project, was named a University of Florida Research Foundation Professor for 2017-2020. UFRF Professors are faculty who have a distinguished current record of research and a strong research agenda that is likely to lead to continuing distinction in their fields. Calvert is one of 34 faculty members chosen for this honor. The UFRF Professors were recommended by their college deans based on nominations from their department chairs. The three-year award includes a $5,000 annual salary…

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Yulia Stekalova Receives CTSI Pilot Program Award

Yulia Stekalova

Posted: April 11, 2017

Yulia Stekalova, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications research assistant professor and director of Grants Development, has received a $15,000 UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute Translational Pilot Program Phase 1 award. Strekalova received funding for the project “Stakeholder Engagement and Patient Centered Communication in Leukemia Genetic Research,” a collaborative effort with the UF College of Medicine leukemia research team. The Pilot Program provides up to $50,000 for projects with “learning health system” approaches that emphasize engagement of clinicians and integration of translational research into the clinical environment. Strekalova’s research examines how health-related knowledge is shared, translated, and…

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The Associated Press Sports Editors Scholarships

Posted: April 10, 2017

The Associated Press Sports Editors are sponsoring four $1,500 scholarships for collegiate sports journalists. APSE, a national organization of sports editors, is awarding four scholarships to help motivate talented students to pursue a career in sports journalism. Collegiate sports journalists entering their sophomore, junior or senior years in 2017 are eligible for the scholarship which will awarded based on the students’ journalistic work, their academic record, financial need, and geography. The winners will be chosen by the APSE scholarship committee, which is chaired by Joe Sullivan, sports editor of the Boston Globe and includes editors from all sections of the…

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Ted Spiker Named UF’s 2016-2017 Teacher of the Year

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Posted: April 7, 2017

The University of Florida has named Ted Spiker, UF College of Journalism and Communications Journalism Department chair and professor, the 2016-17 University of Florida Teacher of the Year. The award was presented on at UF’s annual Faculty Awards reception, hosted by UF President Kent Fuchs, on April 6, 2017.  The awards encourage and reward excellence, innovation, and effectiveness in undergraduate teaching. Spiker is the fourth College faculty member to receive this recognition in the past 10 years. Public Relations Professor Ann Christiano received the award in 2014-15, Journalism Professor Norm Lewis won in 2009-10 and Mike Foley, the Hugh Cunningham…

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Investigation: Florida Lacks Uniform System to Enforce Public Records Law

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Posted: April 7, 2017

A statewide investigation of compliance with Chapter 119 of the Florida Public Records Act by WUFT News in Gainesville, Fla., has found that the state lacks a uniform system to enforce the public records law. WUFT investigated compliance with the state public records law in all 20 Florida district state attorney’s offices. The Chapter 119 of the state’s sunshine law dictates that “all state, county, and municipal records are open for personal inspection and copying by any person” and providing access to these “is the duty of each agency.” According to the “Sunshine Lost” investigation, it took 38 days on…

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CJC Students Excel in Annual Hearst Journalism Awards Competition

Posted: April 7, 2017

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications has earned six top 10 finishes and two first place finishes in the prestigious 2016 Hearst Journalism Awards, the best performance in the competition in many years. Winners include: Caitie Switalski: first place in Radio Reporting Drea Cornejo: first place in Multimedia Enterprise, sixth place in Picture Story, eighth place in Photo News and Features, 13th place in Multimedia News Maggie Lorenz: fourth place in Television News Alexa Lorenzo: eighth place in Radio Reporting Alex Maminakis: 10th place in Sports Writing Danielle Prinz: 11th places in Television News Ashley Lombardo: 11th…

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Lauren Griffin Featured in Scientific American Guest Blog on Anti-Science

Posted: April 7, 2017

Lauren Griffin, research manager for the Journal of Public Interest Communications housed in the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, co-authored “Who Are You Calling Anti-Science?” with Troy H. Campbell, assistant professor of marketing at the University of Oregon. The article was published in Scientific American on April 6. The article highlights some of the misconceptions about “anti-science” or “science denial” suggesting they might be better understood as isolated incidents of motivated bias. They share that figuring out why audiences reject or ignore scientific facts can aid in the development of messages that can be persuasive.

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Annie Neimand Pens Article on How to Win Against False Information

Posted: April 7, 2017

Annie Neimand, frank research director at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, authored “To Win Against False Information, We Must Play Offense” published in Stanford Social Innovation Review Online on April 5. Neimand comments on the “post-truth world” and cites research suggesting that rather than defending your cause, seek to preemptively prepare to counter false information.

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CJC News Students Honored in NBS-AERho Competition

Posted: April 7, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications students received six grand prize awards in the annual National Broadcasting Society-Alpha Epsilon Rho (NBS-AERho) Awards competition. CJC had the second most winners of any participating University. Honorees include: Alexa Lorenzo, Audio News Package, “Superintendent Controversy” (Tie for first place) Caitie Switalski and Amaury Sablon, Audio Newscast, “Caitie Switalski Newscast” Ryan Roberts, Video News Package, “Hermine Preparation in Cedar Key” Ryan Roberts, Video Feature Package, “The Real Cedar Key” Ryan Roberts, Jack Kramer, and Danielle Frew, Video Newscast Live, “Hurricane Matthew Special Report” Di Xin, Short Film, “Lost in Love” In addition,…

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Jordan Alpert Joins CJC Advertising Department

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Posted: April 6, 2017

University of Florida alumnus Jordan Alpert will join the University’s College of Journalism and Communications Advertising Department this summer as an assistant professor specializing in media planning. Alpert’s research focuses on how technology, such as electronic health records and patient portals, can facilitate communication between patients and providers. He also is exploring how health issues are discussed and disseminated using social media. He is currently an instructor and postdoctoral fellow in cancer prevention and control in the Department of Health Behavior and Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine. He received his Ph.D. in Communication from George Mason University…

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