April eCommunigator
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College Faculty honored with UF Awards

Congratulations to our Ann Christiano and Juan-Carlos Molleda. Ann, the Frank and Betsy Karel Endowed Chair in Public Interest Communications and Professor of Public Relations, was named the 2014-15 University of Florida Teacher of the Year. Yes, that’s for the whole university. Ann was also one of the featured speakers in TEDxUF held in late March. See her talk here (her talk begins at 5:03:15).  
Juan-Carlos, Public Relations Department Chair, was selected as one of four 2014-15 UF Doctoral Dissertation Adviser/Mentoring Award winners, honoring excellence in doctoral mentoring.  
“Becoming a Woman of Influence,” a half-day conference for CJC students held in mid-March, featured professional women who are among our College’s greatest success stories. They shared their thoughts on how to enter the workforce with confidence and impact.
Nationwide Executive VP and Chief Administrative Officer Gale King, JM 1983, MA 1986, was our keynote speaker and Nationwide co-sponsored the conference. Coverage of the event, including videos of the speakers, is available here. We also thought you would enjoy seeing this article that Journalism senior Katie Campbell wrote for Elite Daily.

Gale King donation

Gale was cast in an even brighter spotlight in early March, when she announced a $1 million gift to the University. The primary purpose of the fund is to provide scholarships for first-generation, academically exceptional students who, like King, are from families with modest incomes. Herself a graduate of UF’s College of Journalism and Communications, King has expressed that initial preference be given to students pursuing a degree in journalism and communications.

Freedom of Information event

“Breaking Down Walls: The Fight for Open Government” was held at the College on March 26-27. The two-day conference was made possible by a gift from Sharyl Attkisson, TEL 1982, and was sponsored by the College, the Joseph L. Brechner Center for Freedom of Information and the law firms of Thomas & LoCicero and Holland & Knight.
Sharyl’s keynote focused on “The Rightful Owners of Public Information,” and national leaders led discussions on FOI challenges to access at both the state and federal levels.  Videos of the keynote speech and panel discussion are available here.  An article about the event from one of our students appeared in MediaShift.

Ralph Lowenstein birthday

College faculty, and staff helped celebrate the 85th birthday of Dean Emeritus Ralph Lowenstein. Ralph’s lovely wife, Bronia, joined in the festivities as several folks shared their memories of the couple.

Ted Spiker named Journalism Chair

Ted Spiker, a member of our faculty since 2001, has been named chair of the Department of Journalism. Ted brings both professional experience and academic discipline to this role. Ted joined our faculty after working at several magazines, including Men’s Health. He earned his master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and his bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware. Ted’s new book, “Down Size: Twelve Truths for Turning Pants-Splitting Frustration into Pants-Fitting Success,” is garnering great reviews.

Summer Institute

The CJC’s Summer Journalism Institute will now include courses from all four of the College’s disciplines. Renamed the Summer Institute, it will feature courses in web design, strategic communications, writing, multimedia and more. With more than 200 students from 19 states and three countries at the 2014 Institute, our program is quickly building an international reputation as a destination for aspiring storytellers. We hope to host more than 300 students this summer in two sessions - a Summer Institute (June 20 - 25) and an Advanced Workshop (June 25 - 28). We still have spots available for both sessions. Please visit here for more information.

Creative Storytelling inspiring students

Combining science, the arts and storytelling, our new course Creative Storytelling offers students from all majors an exciting insight into building story experiences. Using brain-mapping research from the University of California, Berkeley, the class maps out long-form stories before using the research to build similar experiences around their topics in order to better engage with their audiences. Led by Adjunct Lecturer Steve Johnson, the course was inspired by Pixar cofounder Ed Catmull's book, “Creativity Inc.” The class has a Medium page dedicated to their stories and findings: Visit here

CJC in the News

College jobs site

The College has created a new jobs site to get leads into the hands of our alumni and graduating students. The new site,, allows you to sort by the type of job you are seeking.  We need your help getting the word out. 
  • Send us the jobs you run across in your daily work – email to:
  • Share the new job site and the jobs email address on your personal social media networks.
  • Ask your friends and colleagues to send job postings they see - and you don’t even have to be the go-between! They can send it directly to our jobs email. 
  • Make sure job postings include job description, deadline and links and/or contact information.
  • Join our Twitter and Facebook sites and so you’ll receive notice about the job postings.
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