July/August eCommunigator
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Expanding and Pioneering Distance Learning

In July, CJC launched “Master Access,” a unique program that provides life-long learning opportunities to our online master’s program participants. For a one-time fee, graduates will have access to continually updated online coursework in their area of specialization.

We also hired long-time public relations industry leader Robert Grupp to head up the Global Strategic Communication specialization in our Master of Arts in Mass Communication program, a role formerly held by Public Relations Department Chair Juan-Carlos Molleda.  Dr. Molleda will now direct a new distance education specialization on Public Relations Communication Management, a first-of-its-kind graduate program at UF that targets U.S. and Latin American professionals, offering classes in both English and Spanish.
Left: Juan-Carlos Molleda and Robert Grupp

Summer Institute

In June, CJC completed its week-long journalism workshop for high school students, a program the College has been offering for more than 50 years. This year, to expand offerings to students interested in advertising and public relations, we added an Advanced Workshop where experienced students can pick one subject (broadcast production, investigative journalism, multimedia production, photography or web design) and spend the entire workshop working hands-on with our professors.

Extending Radio Station Reach 

This fall, CJC will add two new FM radio frequencies along with associated digital platforms, increasing the local content available to listeners in Gainesville and Alachua County.  One of the new stations will feature classical and jazz programming along with locally hosted shows. It is a sister station to WUFT-FM, our NPR affiliate.  And the other frequency will be a simulcast of WRUF-AM ESPN 850 which began broadcasting almost 90 years ago and is now the “Voice of the Gators.”  CJC is making significant investments in our radio towers to support the new FM translators.


WUFT Wins National Fundraising Award

CJC’s public radio and television operations were awarded the 2015 Greater Public Benchmarks Award for excellence in fundraising performance. The station’s total revenue grew by 48 percent from 2010-14, the highest increase among all of the stations who participated in the benchmarks study.  During that same period, the station cut its dependence on membership drives nearly in half, which demonstrates a much stronger picture of financial health.

Covering Water in a Changing World

Thanks to a grant from the Robert R. McCormick Foundation,  CJC will host a “specialized reporting institute” called Covering Water in a Changing World, a free, two-day workshop designed to help reporters and weather broadcasters understand and report on water issues and the impact of climate change.  Scheduled for Nov. 12-13, the program will also include a University-wide Climate Change Communication Symposium, a collaboration between CJC and UF’s Climate Institute, Water Institute and IFAS.

Alumni in the News

Stephanie Sinclair, (JOU’98), is one of 11 women featured in the National Geographic Women of Vision exhibition. The exhibit is “a tribute to the spirit and the ambition of women journalists and artists who have created riveting experiences for millions through the insightful, sensitive, and strategic use of a camera.” The exhibit will run from January-April 2016 at the Orlando Museum of Art.

Caitlin Healy, (JOU’10), is an independent photographer, video journalist and filmmaker and producer of The Yaay Project: Motherhood in Senegal, a new documentary that explores Senegal maternal health across languages, across generations and across the country.
Joe Conley (TEL’85), a respected CNN producer, passed away suddenly on July 25.  Prior to joining CNN in 1996, he spent 10 years as a local news producer, photographer and documentarian.  CNN produced a touching tribute of Joe

Roll Call

  • Jerry Ketcham, TEL’76: Walt Disney Pictures Senior VP of Motion Picture Production
  • Amra Zejneli JOU’08: Radio Free Europe and Radio Television of Kosovo Correspondent/Editor-in-charge
  • Chad Robinson TEL'05: New public address announcer for the Miami Marlins and a South Florida attorney 
  • John Lockett JOU’11: GQ Engagement Editor
  • Jonna Hunt JOU’83: Market Development Manager
  • Kim Hart Jonson JOU’04: Federal Communications Commission Press Secretary
  • Thomas Philpot PR’06: Florida Division of Alcoholic Beverages and Tobacco Director

Faculty Achievements

Left: Amy Jo Coffey, Janice Krieger and Ann Christiano
Associate Professor of Telecommunication Amy Jo Coffey and Director of the STEM Translational Communication program Janice Krieger have been accepted into the UF Academy and the Advanced Leadership for Academics and Professionals programs, respectively.  Dr. Coffey will be one of only 15 participants selected to participate in the UF Academy.  Dr. Krieger will participate in a program for UF academic and professional leaders who wish to further explore and develop their leadership skills.

Ann Christiano, Public Relations professor and Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communication, was selected to join the advisory board of Cure Violence, whose mission is to reduce violence globally using disease control and behavior change methods.

Faculty in the News

Juan-Carlos Molleda co-directed an extensive study of Latin American communication professionals.  Among the findings were that respondents overwhelming opt for online media when building relationships with stakeholders, gatekeepers and audiences.

Matt Sheehan, director of the Innovation News Center, and Ann Christiano shared their insights on teaching analytics as part of a MediaShift Twitter discussion (#Edshift).  The public conversation followed an interview with both Ann and Matt about using analytics in the classroom.

Matt was also featured in a Chronicle of Higher Education piece on our experimentation with Yik Yak and on College Media Matters on how CJC is “leading a movement” to shape journalism education.

Hearst Visiting Professional Cynthia Barnett’s review of Peter Moore’s “The Weather Experiment” was published in the New York Times Sunday Book Review on July 13. 

AEJMC Awards

CJC faculty and doctoral students will be presenting or moderating at 49 sessions at this year’s Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) conference, August 6-9.  Papers from several faculty and students have won awards from AEJMC, including:
  • Telecommunication Assistant Professor Yu-Hao Lee and doctoral student Robert Wells won second place in AEJMC’s Gene Burd Competition, recognizing top communication technology papers. Their manuscript, Online collective action as group identity performance: Extending the strategic side of SIDE, also has been accepted for presentation at the AEJMC annual conference in August.
  • Journalism Professor Clay Calvert won first place as Top Faculty Paper in the Law & Policy Division.  The paper, titled Difficulties and Dilemmas Regarding Defamatory Meaning in Ethnic Micro-Communities: Accusations of Communism, Then and Now, is one of two papers that were accepted by the Division. 

    In addition, two teams of graduate students from Professor Calvert’s First Amendment Theory seminar this spring had their student-authored papers accepted by the Law & Policy Division:  Access to Information About Lethal Injections: A First Amendment Theory Perspective from Emma Morehart, Kéran Billaud and Kevin Bruckenstein; and The Government Speech Doctrine & Specialty License Plates:  A First Amendment Theory Perspective by Sarah Papadelias, Tershone Phillips and Rich Shumate
  • Journalism Professor John Freeman’s submission to AEJMC's Great Ideas for Teachers (GIFT) poster competition has been selected for presentation at the convention and is a contender for the GIFT grand prize. Professor Freeman’s idea was "using Instagram to get students out of the classroom and into the newsroom."
  • Executive Associate Dean Spiro Kiousis and doctoral students Tiffany Schweickart, Tianduo Zhang and Jordan Neil and colleagues at Baylor and Syracuse,  won third-place in the Public Relations Division for their paper Time-lagged Analysis of Third-level Agenda-building: Florida's Debate on Medical Marijuana.  
  • Doctoral students Jing (Taylor) Wen and Linwan Wu’s paper Communicating ALS to the Public: The Message Effectiveness of Social-Media-Based Health Campaign has been selected as the top paper for the Advertising Division Student Competition.

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