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Kim Ford, B.S. Public Relations 2000, was named senior vice president/head of Government Affairs, for First Data in Washington, D.C.  In her new position, Ford will lead the development and strategy of the company’s political advocacy and policy development. Ford joined First Data in 2004 and has served in several…

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Posted: July 30, 2017

The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Educators Academy has awarded University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Public Relations Associate Professor Rita Men their Top Faculty Research Paper Award for “Social Messengers as the New Frontier of Organization-Public Engagement: Antecedents and Relational Outcomes.” Men, who co-authored the paper…

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Posted: July 30, 2017

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications online bachelor’s degree in Public Relations has received the number one ranking by Best Degree Programs for 2017. The ranking process involved reviewing 79 accredited institutions listed in the National Center for Education Statistic (NCES College Navigator) that offered online bachelor’s…

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Posted: July 27, 2017

Frank Waddell, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Journalism assistant professor, has received one of five 2016 Distinguished Reviewer Awards from the Journal of Media Psychology (JMP). The JMP is committed to publishing original, high-quality papers which cover the broad range of media psychological research. This peer-reviewed journal…

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Posted: July 27, 2017

Kaye D. Sweetser, MAMC 2002, Ph.D 2004, was elected to the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) 2017 College of Fellows. Sweetser was one of only 11 elected for membership in the prestigious honorary organization. It is comprised of 350 senior practitioners and educators who have made significant contributions to…

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Posted: July 27, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications student journalists and alumni from WUFT-TV/FM, Noticias WUFT and The Independent Florida Alligator were honored in the 23rd annual Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) Sunshine State Awards competition. Honors were received in both professional and student divisions for work on radio, television,…

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Posted: July 25, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project Director Clay Calvert is quoted in “ACLU Calls on LePage to Stop Censoring Posts to His Facebook Page” published in the Portland Press Herald on July 24. The article focuses on Maine’s Governor Paul LePage and…

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Posted: July 25, 2017

Andrew Selepak, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications director of the online Master’s program with a specialization in social media, was featured in “How Dangerous is President Trump’s ‘Fake News’ Rhetoric” published on HuffingtonPost.com on July 22. Selepak comments on the rise of non-traditional online “news sources” and…

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Posted: July 24, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Public Relations Chair Marcia DiStaso published a study summary on the Institute for Public Relations website on July 18. The study presentation was made at the 2017 International PR Research Conference. “Trends in Purpose: How Companies Are Changing the World by Doing…

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Posted: July 24, 2017

Rich Preuss, B.S. Telecommunication 1996, is the co-executive producer for an online program nominated for a 2017 primetime Emmy Award from the Television Academy. ”The Oscars: All Access” was nominated in the Original Creative Achievement in Interactive Media Within an Unscripted Program category. The winners will be announced on Sept.…

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Posted: July 24, 2017

Frank LoMonte, incoming director of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, was featured in “Breaking the Back of Hazelwood: A Press Lawyer’s Decade-Long Campaign” published on Poynter.org on July 17. The article focuses on the 2007 North Dakota John Wall New…

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Posted: July 17, 2017

Andrew Selepak, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications director of the online  Master’s program with a specialization in social media, was featured in “Why Franchises That Don’t Feature Capes or Tights Are Washing Out at the Box Office” published on CNBC.com on July 15. In the article, Selepak…

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Posted: July 17, 2017