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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

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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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Clay Calvert’s Law Journal Article is First on “Fake News”

Posted: February 9, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project Director Clay Calvert’s  article “Fake News, Free Speech, & the Third-Person Effect: I’m No Fool, But Others Are” was published in the Feb. 8 edition of The Wake Forest Law Review. The piece is the first published law journal article in the U.S. on the topic of fake news. On the same day, Calvert’s comments on defamation suits against Donald Trump and Bill Cosby were featured in Reuters’ article “Trump Accuser Follows Cosby Playbook by Pursuing Defamation Suit” which appeared on various news sites, including CNBC…

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Cynthia Barnett Gets Cover Story in February Edition of National Geographic

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Posted: February 9, 2017

University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Environmental Scientist-in-Residence Cynthia Barnett’s article “Why It’s Important to Save Our Seas’ Last Pristine Places” was published in the Feb. 2017 edition of National Geographic. The article, which was the issue’s cover story, speaks to growing evidence that preserving precious areas not only stops overfishing, but also can lessen the impacts of climate change. A summary of the story is on the College’s Research and Insights page.

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In Memoriam: Clif Cormier

Posted: February 8, 2017

Clif Cormier, B.S. Journalism 1962, passed away on Feb. 4 at age 98. Cormier retired from the Marine Corps at age 40 after serving in WWII and the Korean War. After earning his degree, he joined The Gainesville Sun and during his 22-year tenure worked as an education reporter, columnist and city editor. Cormier also self-published a book in 2002 titled A Postcard from Joseph detailing his WWII experience and reinvention as a journalist.

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In Memoriam: Carla Hotvedt

Posted: February 8, 2017

Carla Hotvedt, B.S. Journalism 1978, passed away on Jan. 14 at the age of 60. She was a photographer at The Gainesville Sun during an era that saw the newspaper’s photo staff produce work on par with much larger newspapers. She spent 12 years on the Sun’s photo staff and was the National Press Photographers Association’s Region 6 photographer of the year in 1981. She left the newspaper to start a family and to launch an international photo business named Silver Image Photo Agency.

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Five CJC Alums Selected for the 2017 Gator 100

Posted: February 8, 2017

The Gator100 honors the 100 fastest-growing, Gator-owned or Gator-led businesses in the world. The 2017 list features CJC alumni with businesses in real estate, software and advertising and marketing. Honorees include: Geoffrey Gaberino, B.S. Broadcasting 1984, owner of Gulf Shores Vacation Rentals in Gulf Shores, AL; Kim Wilson, B.S. Telecommunication 2002, founder/president of Social News Desk in Atlanta, GA; Christopher Kennelly, B.S. Telecommunication 2003, CEO of Kennetic Productions, Inc. in Jacksonville, FL; Marc Robertz-Schwartz, B.S. Telecommunication 1989, president and executive producer of  Red Apples Media in Leesburg, FL; and Scarlett Rosier, B.S. Advertising 2005, co-founder and director of operations for…

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CJC Alum Nicole Weltman Promoted to VP at Laundry Service

Posted: February 7, 2017

Nicole Weltman, B.S. Advertising 2008, has been promoted to vice president of client services at Laundry Service, a full-service social media agency in New York City. Laundry Service was recently selected for Ad Age magazines’ prestigious Agency A List for 2017. Their client list includes Amazon, T-Mobile, BMW, Twitter, GrubHub and Anheuser-Busch InBev’s Bud Light and Michelob Ultra. In her new position, Weltman helps clients navigate social media marketing to give them a unique presence and lasting impact. Before joining Laundry Service, Weltman held account management positions at Electronic Arts and NASCAR.

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Andrew Selepak Discusses Social Media on Mile Hi Radio

Posted: February 7, 2017

Andrew Selepak, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications director of online master’s programs in Social Media and Web Design and Online Communications, was featured on “Deb Krier: The SocialLight” broadcast on  Mile Hi Radio on Feb. 6.  Selepak discussed the CJC social media program, social media brands, the 2016 election and fake news, and the impact of social media on news coverage. The program is available on iTunes. 

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‘Communicate’ Magazine Seeks Student Submissions

Posted: February 6, 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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Amy Jo Coffey Co-Authors Paper on Intercultural Sensitivity in a 3D Versus a 2D Virtual Environment

Amy Jo Coffey

Posted: February 2, 2017

Amy Jo Coffey, University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Telecommunication associate professor and director of the online Masters’ program in Audience Analytics, was the lead author for “The Efficacy of an Immersive 3D Virtual Versus 2D Web Environment in Intercultural Sensitivity Acquisition.” The paper was published online in Educational Technology Research and Development on Jan. 30. This study compared intercultural sensitivity outcomes for cultural content delivered in an immersive 3D virtual environment like Second Life to that of a more traditional 2D web page. The research showed that a virtual immersive environment was a superior media platform for…

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