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CJC 2020

The College this fall launched “CJC 2020,”  a process to help define our vision, mission and priorities over the next five years and to ensure that we remain one of the top communication programs in the country. A cross-disciplinary task force has been working to define our core competencies and values and develop potential areas of focus that will distinguish our program in 2020. The recommendations will be shared with key stakeholders – including alumni – this fall with a goal of finalizing the plan by the end of the year. If you have any suggestions on what our focus should be by 2020, please let us know.


  • Cynthia Barnett  (JOU  ’89):  Cynthia’s third book Rain: A Natural and Cultural History – has been included on the 2015 National Book Awards longlist for Nonfiction. Finalists will be announced on October 14. 
  • John Woodrow Cox (JOU ’08):  John was featured in a  Columbia Journalism Review story on his Washington Post piece Telling JJ about a 10-year old girl finding out she was HIV positive.

  • Leah Harding (TEL  ’14), Al Jazeera English International News Producer, Doho, Qatar
  • Giselle Mazur (JOU ’08), New York Times Project Manager for Web Projects, New York
  • Jennifer Harlin Fedora  (ADV ‘96), Charles Schwab Vice President of Investment Services, Lone Tree, CO
  • Rong Zhang (MADV ’06), Consultech, Business Unit Director, Shanghai, China
  • Anthony “Keith” Allo  (TEL  ’87), Golf Channel/NBC Sports Vice President of Original Content, Orlando, FL
  • David Reddick  (JOU ‘69), Bio Defense Network Co-Owner, St. Louis, MO
  • Paul Kincaid (JOU ’00), Communications Director for US. Rep. Tony Cardenas in California
  • Maghan McDowell (JOU ’07), Women’s Wear Daily, Los Angeles Bureau Reporter

Defining Moments: Adam Bornstein

Defining Moments is a new series featuring significant events in the lives of CJC alumni, faculty and staff. If you have a defining moment you’d like to share, please let us know.
Bruce Kallner
Adam Bornstein (MAMC ’08) was a lifelong fan of the University of Colorado, his parents’ alma mater, where he also attended intent on becoming a psychology researcher. Two years after he graduated, while doing research at the university, he had an "aha moment" when he decided that what he really wanted to be was a writer. But that wasn't his defining moment.... 
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Michael Connelly Kicks off Great Storytellers Series

Best-selling and critically acclaimed author Michael Connelly (JOU '80) returned to the College on Sept. 21 to talk about the art and craft of storytelling. He helped launch the College’s new Great Storyteller series which will feature accomplished writers, filmmakers, creative directors and other luminaries. Michael met with students and faculty during the day and answered questions at a public event that evening. 

Innovators Series

Rafat Ali, founder of and now CEO of Skift, the largest travel industry intelligence and marketing platform, visited CJC on September 17 as the fourth industry professional to participate in the College’s Innovators Series. Rafat shared his insights on emerging opportunities in media, advised students on skills development and discussed capitalizing on a vertical opportunity. A summary of his visit was published in EducationShift. Videos from an interview with Rafat are available here.

ONA Investigative Data Journalism Awards

CJC sponsors two $7,500 Online News Association awards honoring high-impact data journalism that is exceptionally well presented – the largest individual prizes offered by ONA. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel won in the Small/Medium category for the second year in a row for The Trouble with Taxes: A Look at How Inappropriate Reductions in Property Assessments Create an Imbalanced System. The Austin American-Statesman won in the Large category for their investigative report Missed Signs, Fatal Consequences.

The prize was established through a generous gift to the University of Florida from the estate of Lorraine Dingman. Representatives from the winning news organizations are invited to the College as journalists in residence to discuss the project and work with both students and faculty on investigative journalism techniques.

College Develops Emergency Weather App

Last year, Florida public radio stations joined forces with the Florida Division of Emergency Management to form Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN) and designated CJC’s WUFT-FM as the FPREN Storm Center providing local 24/7 weather, data and storm updates to all stations in the network.

In August, FPREN launched Florida Storms, a free mobile weather app that will help Florida residents and visitors navigate weather-related emergencies from preparedness checklists to storm updates to evacuation routes. The App was developed by our College, led by WUFT meteorologist Jeff Huffman, in partnership with mobile app developer Mobiquity. Both an iOS an Android version are now available.

Faculty News

Krieger Receives Foundation Preeminence Professorship
Rita Men
Dr. Janice Krieger, director of the CJC STEM Translational Communication Research program, received a 2015 UF Foundation Preeminence Term Professorship. The professorship, one of two awarded by the Foundation, recognizes extraordinary accomplishments by individuals and the prestige they bring to the University. The designation includes a $25,000 cash award to advance her research efforts. She was selected for looking at how to best share complex information with laypeople and on informed decision-making at the intersection of health and science.
Other News
  • Telecommunication Associate Professor James Babanikos will participate in a special presentation of his film “Somewhere Beyond” as part of Community Peacebuilding Month, sponsored by the River Phoenix Center for Peacebuilding in Gainesville.
  • Brechner First Amendment Project Director Clay Calvert participated in a Huffington Post Live discussion on Hollywood star James Woods’ suit against an anonymous Twitter user after the user called Woods a “cocaine addict.”
  • Journalism Associate Professor John Freeman was one of nine speakers selected statewide to present a 75-minute session at the Florida Consortium for International Education’s annual conference.
  • Associate Dean of Undergraduate Affairs and Enrollment Management Dr. Michael Weigold has been selected for the 2015-16 SEC Academic Leadership Development Program (SEC ALDP).
  • Click here for more College News.

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