Jennifer Boardman Senior Vice President, Civic Entertainment Group
Jennifer Boardman (PR ‘93) loved news and, upon graduation, headed to Atlanta to work for CNN. After a few years, she struggled with what she really wanted to do in her career – news or marketing. At that time, news marketing was pretty traditional – running on-air promos to build awareness for CNN’s programming. Jennifer’s defining moment came when a new CMO joined CNN with a very different vision for how you approach marketing a news product. His vision and mentorship changed the course of her career. Read more…
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.
Julie Brown (PR ’97) is the new chair of the Florida Public Service Commission.
Kristina Fitzpatrick (TEL ’06) is the Fox Sports South reporter for the Atlanta Braves.
Robert “Bob” Brunjes III (ADV ’79) is the president and publisher of the Treasure Coast Newspaper.
Reynaldo Delgado (PR ’07) is the Senior Account Supervisor at Edelman in Miami. He also serves as the Director for the UF Association of Hispanic Alumni.
Melodi Smith (TEL ’12) is the Associate Producer for Homepage at CNN.com.
Andrew Ruiz (TEL ’11) is a multimedia journalist at WPTV in West Palm Beach, FL.
Pam Fine Takes Reins of ASNE
Pam Fine (JOU ’79) is the new president of the American Society of News Editors (ASNE). Now Knight Chair for News, Leadership and Community and professor of Journalism at the University of Kansas, Fine said that ASNE trys “to be a vigorous advocate on first amendment issues. It’s the same with diversity. Now more than ever in this country, we need coverage that reflects the people and the communities of color in the nation….There are also critical issues around the ability of legacy newsrooms and even some start-ups to cover effectively the stories that need to be told. We need to continue to provide quality journalism, which is costly to produce but vital to our communities and our countries.” Read more…
Sarasota Philanthropist Creates $1 million Bequest for CJC
Lee Wetherington, Sarasota homebuilder and philanthropist, has made a bequest of $1 million to CJC for the advancement of watchdog journalism. The gift will be used to provide faculty support in the areas of freedom of information and open government, to engender the imperative for investigative reporting in a democratic society, to teach journalism students the skills and critical thinking needed to take the fullest advantage of access to public records and to advance the sort of public service journalism that deeply engages the public in civic matters. Read more…
CJC Launches New Classical Radio Station
WUFT Classic 102.7 FM, a new FM frequency, launched on Nov. 10 simulcasting programming from the current WUFT-FM 89.1-2 HD2 classical channel. In addition, WUFT Classic also has a new smartphone app for iOS and Android phones. The station features programming from renowned classical music services Classical 24, “Exploring Music with Bill McGlaughlin,” evening symphony performances, The Metropolitan Opera series and jazz on the weekends. Read more…
CJC and SnapChat
The College has created a new SnapChat account, primarily as a channel to update students with developments and events at CJC. You can peak in on the action by following us at ufjschool.
New “Sports and Media” TrackAnnounced
A new Sports and Media track for Journalism majors will be available beginning in the Fall 2016 semester. The track will include courses in such areas as sports journalism, sports production, sports ethics and sports communication. "The sports and media specialization provides students an exciting and uniquely integrated educational experience,” said John Wright, director of Sports Journalism and Communication. “As they complete an extensive classroom curriculum, they receive multiple unique, real-life professional sports media experiences and training in the College’s radio, television and digital operations, as well as the UF Athletic Association’s Gatorzone.com and GatorVision, all located here in Weimer Hall."
CJC Launches Women in Sports Media Chapter
CJC created a new student chapter of the Association for Women in Sports Media. AWSM is a support network and advocacy group for women who work in sports writing, editing, broadcast and production, as well as public and media relations. The organization includes more than 600 industry professionals, both men and women, and students pursuing sports media careers. AWSM@Florida currently has 20 student members from the College. Eric Esterline, CJC and College of Health and Human Performance lecturer in sports journalism/production, is the faculty advisor.