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The December edition of the ecommunigator
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December / January

November was a busy month at the CJC and we are excited about our momentum going into spring semester and the new year. We hope to connect more directly with many of you next year. In the meantime, if you would like a more in-depth look at CJC’s mission and activity, check out our new About CJC site.

Happy Holidays,



Diane McFarlin, Dean

Innovators:  “Our goal is not to be objective about the facts; it’s to tell the truth.” That, according to Vox.com Executive Editor Melissa Bell, is the mission of the explanatory journalism site she co-founded. Melissa joined us Nov. 12-13 as the second guest in our Innovators Series. Melissa discussed entrepreneurism with students, journalism education with faculty and the science of engagement with faculty and staff from several different UF colleges. You can watch the Q&A with Melissa and see related Tweets from the visit here.

 
Captivate:  We have now posted more than 25 articles from thought leaders on our Captivate blog which focuses on the business and craft of audience engagement. Here are a few that we think you’ll find particularly thought-provoking:
Frank:  Earlier this fall, as part of our Public Interest Communications program, we launched the Frank site, a hub for professionals and students interested in communications for social change. The site includes a collection of aggregated and original articles relevant to public interest communicators, summaries of recent research in the field and information on the one-of-a-kind Frank gathering, which is scheduled for Feb. 25-27 in Gainesville. You can subscribe to a weekly e-mail newsletter here.
Research:  Last month, we described some of the research being conducted by CJC faculty. This video features four faculty members providing more details on their areas of focus.

 
Media Lab:  As part of the University’s preeminence initiative, the CJC received funding to build a lab focused on studying responses to new and immersive media technologies. Journalism Professor Sriram Kalyanaraman, a prominent media psychology scholar who joined our college in the fall as part of the preeminence program, developed the original lab proposal with input from UF faculty and experts at other universities. The funds will be used to acquire technology and equipment to conduct experimental research, programming expertise, student and staff training, data collection and analysis and expert consultations. You can read more about the lab here.
LinkedIn:  CJC has launched a new LinkedIn University page that will provide more tools for alumni to be connected with students (and vice versa) and to be connected to each other. When choosing “Education” on your profile, you can now select “University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications” (rather than just UF) and that will automatically give you entrée into the University page. We created a YouTube video on how to join this exclusive group.
Prominent Journalists on Campus:  In November, we launched our “Science Journalist in Residence” which brings some of the nation’s most accomplished science writers to UF. Our first guest was Jennie Erin Smith, a reporter, writer and reviewer who specializes in science and natural history, with a longtime interest in zoos, museums, animals and conservation. She participated in several journalism classes and held open office hours for students. On Nov. 5, she gave a public lecture titled "Reptiles, Smugglers and Skullduggery: Environmental Reporting in the Underworld.”

On Nov. 20, Pulitzer-prize winning journalist Lucy Morgan participated in a public interview at UF’s Bob Graham Center. Ms. Morgan was a Tampa Bay Times reporter from 1968 – 2013. In 1985, she won the Pulitzer Prize in Investigative Reporting for a series on public corruption. Our reporting and editing students were fortunate to hear her interviewed by Professor Mike Foley in his classes and a lucky few attended an intimate lunch with Lucy.
 
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