College has strong showing at AEJMC conference

Published: August 20th, 2014

AEJMC-Logo-smallKudos to our faculty members and graduate students for their presentations and papers at the AEJMC conference in Montreal on Aug. 6-9. The College again had a stellar showing including 10 award winning papers.  Congratulations to all!

Workshops

Finding Your Leadership Voice in the Academy: A Workshop for Women Faculty,” Diane McFarlin, keynote speaker

Panel Sessions

Teaching Panel Session: “Rewiring the Ivory Tower: How to Incorporate Multimedia into Writing Courses,” Mindy McAdams

PF&R Panel Session: “Why All Your Students Need to be Programmers, Part II,” Mindy McAdams

Teaching Panel Session: “Teaching Innovations in JMC: Keeping Pace in the Digital Age,” Spiro Kiousis

 PF&R Panel Session: “Whistleblowing in Government as Free Expression: Are Government Whistleblowers Traitors, Heroes or Loyal Employees Trying to do the Right Thing?” Sandra Chance

Award Winners

“Ethnic Identity as a Predictor of Microaggressive Behavior Towards Blacks, Whites, and Hispanic LGBs by Blacks, Whites, and Hispanics,” Troy Elias, Oregon; Alyssa Jaisle and Cynthia Morton Padovano, Florida (third place faculty paper)

“Media Preferences And Political Knowledge In The 2012 Pre-Primary Period,” Mariam Alkazemi and Wayne Wanta, Florida (first place paper – open competition)

“Rap Music and the True Threats Quagmire: When Does One Man’s Lyric Become Another’s Crime?” Clay Calvert, Sarah Papadelias and Emma Morehart (third place faculty paper)

“The Cognitive and Affective Effects of Country-of-Origin: How Consumers Process Country-of-Assembly and Country-of-Design for High and Low Involvement Products” Linwan Wu and Ilyoung Ju (fourth place graduate student paper)

“Repeat Consumption of Media Goods: Examining the Factors Affecting Repeat Theatrical Viewing of Movies,” Byeng-Hee Chang and Sang-Hyun Nam, Sylvia Chan-Olmstedand Hun Kim, (third place faculty paper)

“Likes, Shares, and Comments: Examining the Relationship Between Social Media Metrics and Brand Equity” Ronen Shay (second place student paper)

“Tweeting Through the Good and the Bad: An Examination of the Spiral of Silence in the Age of Twitter,” Annelie Schmittel and Kevin Hull (first place graduate student paper)

“Evaluating Stakeholders’ Interpretations of Corporate Sustainability Communications,” Lauren Bayliss (third place graduate student paper)

“The Cognitive and Affective Effects of Country-of-Origin: How Consumers Process Country-of-Assembly and Country-of-Design for High and Low Involvement Products,” Linwan Wu and Ilyoung Ju (fourth place graduate student paper)

“‘Shit Got Cray Cray #mybad’: An Examination of the Image Repair Discourse of Richie Incognito During the Miami Dolphins’ Bullying Scandal,” Annelie Schmittel and Kevin Hull, (Top student paper)

Faculty and Student Papers

“Publics’ Preference-Consistent and -Inconsistent Judgments of Crisis Response: A Preliminary Examination of Expectancy Contrast Theories in Crisis Management,” Xiaochen Zhang     

“Nostalgic Advertising and Self-Regard,” Ilyoung Ju

“Sisterhood is Powerful: A Model for How Women’s Lifestyles Magazines Foster a Distinct Intimate Relationship,” Andrea Hall

“The Antecedents of Interactive Loyalty through a Structural Equation Model,” Anthony Palomba

“Geoengineering: The Fate of the World or Humankind? A Framing Analysis,” Yulia A. Strekalova and Angela Colonna

“Communicating CSR on Social Media: Strategies, Main Actors, and Public Engagement on Corporate Facebook,” Moonhee Cho, Tiffany Schweickart and Lauren Darm

“Exploring the Interplay of Flow, Psychological Transportation and Presence in Narrative Advergaming,” Lu Zheng

“Media Preferences And Political Knowledge In The 2012 Pre-Primary Period,” Mariam Alkazemi and Wayne Wanta

“Aging: A Comparative Content Analysis of China Daily and The New York Times,” Krystin Anderson, Anthony Eseke and Yiqian Ma

“Going Global: A Cross-Cultural Comparison of East Asian Brands on Twitter,” Krystin Anderson, Linwan Wu and Naa Amponsah Dodoo

“Time-lag Analysis of Agenda Building Between White House Public Relations and Congressional Policymaking Activity,” Tiffany Schweickart, Jordan Neil, Ji Young Kim and Spiro Kiousis

“Public Relations and Digital Social Advocacy in the Justice for Trayvon Campaign,” Linda Hon

“Beyond the Bump: How Media Portrayals of Celebrity Pregnancies Perpetuate Fertility Goddess Cultural Norms,” Nicki Karimipour

“How Do U.S. Problem States’ Local Newspapers Frame Prescription Drug Abuse?” Rebecca Burton, Kim Walsh-Childers and Calli Breil,

“You’ll Never Believe What They Found: Examining Potential Uses of Clickbait in Headlines,” Holly Cowart and Jeffrey Riley

“You Be The Photo Editor,” John Freeman

“‘Shit Got Cray Cray #mybad’: An Examination of the Image Repair Discourse of Richie Incognito During the Miami Dolphins’ Bullying Scandal,” Annelie Schmittel and Kevin Hull

“Does Inner Peace Correlate with Giving a Piece of Your Mind? Religiosity, Media Exposure and Tolerance for Disagreement about Religion,” Mariam Alkazemi

“Likes, Shares, and Comments: Examining the Relationship Between Social Media Metrics and Brand Equity,” Ronen Shay

“Repeat Consumption of Media Goods: Examining the Factors Affecting Repeat Theatrical Viewing of Movies,” Byeng-Hee Chang,Sang-Hyun Nam, Sylvia Chan-Olmsted, and Hun Kim

“Brand Personalities of Video Game Consoles,” Anthony Palomba

“Ego, Engagement and Exchange of Information:  A Narcissistic Social Media Culture Can Save Watchdog Journalism,” Ginger Blackstone

“Ethnic Identity as a Predictor of Microaggressive Behavior Towards Blacks, Whites, and Hispanic LGBs by Blacks, Whites, and Hispanics,” Troy Elias, Alyssa Jaisle and Cynthia Morton Padovano

“Rap Music and the True Threats Quagmire: When Does One Man’s Lyric Become Another’s Crime?” Clay Calvert, Sarah Papadelias and Emma Morehart

“President 2.0: A Content Analysis of Barack Obama’s Use of Twitter During His Re-election Campaign,” Megan Mallicoat, Mariana De Maio, and Erica Newport

“Your Favorite Memory: Emotional Responses to Personal Nostalgic Advertising within Reminiscence Bump across Generations,” Ilyoung Ju, Yunmi Choi and Jon Morris

“Where Should Brands Position Their Advertisements During the Sporting Event? Spectators’ Mental Energy Perspective,” Wonseok Jang, Yong Jae Ko, Jon Morris and Jungwon Chun

“Tweeting Through the Good and the Bad: An Examination of the Spiral of Silence in the Age of Twitter,” Annelie Schmittel and Kevin Hull

“#ThighGap and #BikiniBridge: The New “Thinspo”(s)?: Examining the Role of Social Media and Dissemination of New Body Shape Thin Ideals,” Nicki Karimipour and Kéran Billaud

“Retransmission Consent and Television Blackouts: An Examination of Consumer Reaction,” Gillian Wheat

“A Model of Sectarian News Commenting and Self-Disclosure,” Krystin Anderson

“One Step Forward, One Step Back: Change in News Coverage of Medical Interventions,” Kim Walsh Childers, Jennifer Braddock, Cristina Rabaza and Gary Schwitzer

“The Antecedents of Interactive Loyalty through a Structural Equation Model,” Anthony Palomba

“The Sabbath and the “Social Demon”: Sunday Newspapers as Vehicles of Modernity,” Ronald Rodgers

“Victimized on Plain Sites: Social and Alternative Media’s Impact on the Steubenville Rape Case,” Cory Armstrong, Kevin Hull and Lynsey Saunders

“An Analysis of How Social Media Use is Being Measured in Public Relations Practice,” Don Wright and Michelle Hinson

“Factors Affecting Platform Selection between Offline Television and Online Video,” Ronen Shay

“Boots on the Ground?”: How International News Organizations Integrate User-Generated Content Into Their YouTube Channels,” Johanna Cleary, Eisa Nashmi, Terry Bloom and Michael North

“Matters of Public Concern and Outrageous Speech: Exploring the Malleable Boundaries of IIED and Free Speech Three Years After Snyder v. Phelps,” Clay Calvert

“Evaluating Stakeholders’ Interpretations of Corporate Sustainability Communications,” Lauren Bayliss

“Factors Affecting Mobile Application Usage: Exploring the Roles of Gender, Age, and Application Types,” Kyung-Ho Hwang, Sylvia Chan-Olmsted, Sang-Hyun Nam and Byeng-Hee Chang

“Promoting and Branding of News on Twitter: An Examination of CNN International,” Michael North, Terry Bloom, Eisa al Nashmi,and Johanna Cleary

“The Cognitive and Affective Effects of Country-of-Origin: How Consumers Process Country-of-Assembly and Country-of-Design for High and Low Involvement Products,” Linwan Wu and Ilyoung Ju

“Defining a Medical Condition: A Qualitative Framing Analysis of Magazine Coverage of Fibromyalgia, 1980-2011,” Joy Rodgers

“How The “Like Us On Facebook” Brand Strategy Fosters A Goal-Specific Virtual Identity: A Model,” Naa Amponsah Dodoo

“Don’t Worry, Be Happy: An Examination of Journalist Message Boards,” Kortni Alston, Kevin Hull and Anthony Palomba

“Framing Climate Change in Psychological Distance Terms: A Content Analysis of National and Local U.S. Newspapers,” Hang Lu, Cornell and Naa Amponsah Dodoo

“Child Rearing and the First Amendment,” Minch Minchin

“News, Health Decisions and the Microwave Society: Female Consumers’ Beliefs about Coverage of Medical Overtreatment,” Kim Walsh-Childers, Jordan Neil, Jennifer Braddock and Ginger Blackstone

“The Impacts of Message Framing and Risk Type in Skin Cancer Prevention Messages,” Moon Lee and Hannah Kang

Moderators or Discussants

Amy Jo Coffey, Andrea Hall, Clay Calvert, Holly Cowart, Troy Elias, Kim Walsh Childers, Linda Hon

Category: Faculty news

Bernell Tripp receives national teaching award

Published: August 19th, 2014

Bernell Tripp

Kudos to Bernell Tripp for being selected to receive the 2014 American Journalism Historians Association National Award for Excellence in Teaching.

The annual award honors a college or university teacher who excels at teaching in the areas of journalism and mass communication history, makes a positive impact on student learning, and offers an outstanding example for other educators. Bernell will receive the award on Oct. 9 at the AJHA 33rd Annual Convention in St. Paul, Minn.

Bernell joined our College in 1992 and teaches History of Journalism, and Magazine and Feature Writing. She also specializes in sports writing. Before joining the College, she covered sports for the Pensacola News, Orlando Sentinel, Florida Times-Union and the New Orleans Times-Picayune.

Ford Risley, chair of the AJHA Education Committee, called Bernell a most deserving winner of the Teaching Award. “The judges were unanimous in their high praise for the quality of her teaching,” Risley said.

One judge called her “a teacher par excellence who lives and breathes media history.”

Please join us in congratulating Bernell.

Category: Faculty news

Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project filed U.S. Supreme Court brief

Published: August 19th, 2014

Clay Calvert

The Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project on Monday filed a friend-of-the-court brief with the U.S. Supreme Court in the true threats case of Elonis v. United States.

“In Elonis, the court will better define what it means by ‘true threats,’ which constitute one of the very few categories of speech not protected by the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution,” said Clay Calvert, the Project’s director and the Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications.

“The key question for the court in Elonis is whether a defendant-speaker’s actual intent behind a message should matter in sorting out whether that message amounts to a true threat of violence,” Calvert explained.      

The Elonis case centers on Facebook postings in the form of violent-themed rap lyrics.  The postings’s creator, Anthony Elonis, claims the messages were artistic, therapeutic and not meant to be taken as literal threats of violence.  Elonis was convicted, however, with the trial court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit refusing to consider Elonis’s intent and, instead, focusing only on how a mythical reasonable person would interpret his speech.

“Our goals with the brief are twofold.  First, we want to help the justices understand the interpretative problems of meaning and understanding of rap lyrics and, second, we strive to highlight the artistic and political aspects of rap music that often are lost amidst the negative stereotypes that surround it,” Calvert said.

For instance, the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project brief states that “Rap music resides squarely within a long tradition of African American storytelling and verbal competition, one that privileges exaggeration, metaphor, and, above all, wordplay. Underlying this tradition is the practice of signifying, or the obscuring of apparent meaning; in the process of signifying, ambiguity is prized, meaning is destabilized, and gaps between the literal and the figurative are intentionally exploited. This practice, along with rap’s dense slang and penchant for imbuing words with new meaning(s), makes it especially susceptible to misreading and misinterpretation.”

Working on the brief with Calvert were two professors who specialize in rap music – Erik Nielson of the University of Richmond and Charis E. Kubrin of the University of California, Irvine.

“Nielson and Kubrin are academic stars in the scholarly study of rap music, and their efforts here in contributing to the brief were excellent,” Calvert said. “The brief really is a prime example of applied research – we’re taking scholarship about rap music and applying it to a real-world legal problem in an attempt to help the U.S. Supreme Court reach a better understanding of both rap music and the true threats doctrine.”

Category: Faculty news

Registration for fall professional development offerings is now open

Published: August 8th, 2014

Training registration now open

As we learn, we get better. As we get better, UF rises. UF Training and Organizational Development is pleased to offer a broad range of development opportunities for fall 2014 designed specifically to help UF faculty and staff learn and achieve.

mytrainingHighlights of the fall offerings include:

  • The popular Managing at UF: The Supervisory Challenge provides instructor-led management and leadership development that complements online and just-in-timeLeadership Toolkit job aids, podcasts and videos.
  • The Pro3 Series of courses provide a foundation for professional knowledge and achievement in a range of areas—including Personal Excellence and communication effectiveness, Fiscal Management, HR Payroll Management and Academic Department Support.
  • The Sponsored Research Training Series is continually growing and includes courses such as Award Management,Cost Principles and Post-Award Overview at UF.

UF Training and Organizational Development continues to offer other professional development opportunities—along with organizational development (OD) services that focus on developing organizations and teams. Contact UF Training and Organizational Development at training@ufl.edu with your questions or visit the Learn and Grow section of the HRS website.

UF’s IT offering workshops on the transition from Sakai to Canvas for faculty and academic staff

Published: August 8th, 2014

To support faculty and academic staff through the transition from Sakai to Canvas, UF’s new course management system, UFIT is offering three-hour “Canvas Boot Camps” and 30-minute “Canvas Transition” seminars.

Canvas Boot Camp

This comprehensive, three-hour workshop provides instruction on how to create pages, modules, assignments, quizzes, and discussions as well as how to grade in the new system.

Canvas Transition

This 30-minute seminar describes the similarities and differences between Canvas and Sakai. Highlights of the seminar include a review of the fit-gap analysis of the two systems and information about resources available for new course creation and migrating existing courses into Canvas.

To learn more about the boot camp or seminar, see the dates they are offered, or to register, visit the UFIT website.

Marithza Calderon joins College as new meteorologist

Published: August 6th, 2014

Marithza photoPlease join us in welcoming Meteorologist Marithza Calderon to the College and its Media Properties. Marithza will join Jeff Huffman in providing critical information to millions of Floridians and visitors to our state through the Florida Public Radio Emergency Network (FPREN).  Her position is funded, in large part, by our colleague public radio stations in Florida, all part of the FPREN project, which is housed in the media properties.  In addition, Marithza will work with Jeff and our student forecasters on the WRUF Weather Team in producing forecasts for our stations and multiple other platforms.  Marithza’s office is in the INC where she’ll be able to contribute to the overall news content process and her experience working in various news environments will serve our students well.

Marithza earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcast meteorology and a master’s degree in organizational development from the University of the Incarnate Word, located in San Antonio. She is bilingual in English and Spanish and will be able to provide FPREN radio  stations with content in both languages.

Marithza’s professional background includes positions as a multimedia journalist and morning meteorologist at KAVU-TV in Victoria, Texas, Chief Meteorologist at Fox 2 which serves the Rio Grande Valley and most recently as the Chief Meteorologist for Univision San Antonio.

Welcome, Marithza!

Florida Magazine Association annual meeting Aug. 7-8

Published: July 23rd, 2014

The Florida Magazine Association’s 61st Annual Publishing Conference and Expo will be held on Aug. 7-8 at the Omni Orlando Resort at Championsgate. Go to: http://www.floridamagazine.org for more information and to register.

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Ted Spiker named Interim Chair of Journalism

Published: July 21st, 2014

Ted SpikerWe are very pleased to announce that Ted Spiker has agreed to serve as Interim Chair of the Department of Journalism.

Ted joined our faculty in 2001 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. Before he came to UF, he was also an adjunct at the University of Delaware and Lehigh University. Ted primarily teaches magazine capstone courses, as well as our Sports Media & Society class.

He is the co-author of about a dozen books, including the YOU: The Owner’s Manual series, and his work has been published in such places as OutsideO The Oprah MagazineFortuneReader’s DigestRunner’s WorldEsquire.com, and many others. His first sole-authored book about the psychology and biology of weight loss will be published in October. In addition, he has done scholarly research on magazine covers and has served as head of the Magazine Division of AEJMC.

Ted has already played significant leadership roles in this college. The most recent example is his masterful coordination of the interdepartmental task force that revamped our curriculum to incorporate a greater focus on digital, an ambitious project that was completed in three months.

Please join us in congratulating Ted!

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Robyn Goodman named Associate Chair of Advertising

Published: July 17th, 2014

Robyn GoodmanPlease join us in congratulating Robyn Goodman on her appointment as Associate Chair of the Department of Advertising. In this new role, Robyn will assist Department Chair Tom Kelleher in areas such as curriculum review, recruitment and evaluation of teaching assistants and adjuncts, SLOs and assessment, and advertising content.  She also will continue to teach courses in the department.

Robyn joined our faculty in 2000 after earning her doctorate degree from the University of Texas.  She earned her master’s degree in mass communications from the University of Texas and a bachelor’s degree in magazine journalism from the University of Missouri.

Prior to graduate school, Robyn was a sports reporter and later a feature page and Sunday magazine designer at the Columbia Missourian. After leaving Missouri, she worked as an advertising graphic designer at the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

Over the past few years, Robyn has worked with Fox Sports to teach an advertising course called Advance Creative Fox Sports. The commercials created by her students have earned them several bronze Tellys and a silver regional Addy.

Robyn’s work has been published in Journalism and Mass Communication Quarterly, Visual Communication Quarterly, and Public Understanding of Science.  She also has written multiple book chapters.

Her research interests are visual communication and health communications.  Her current research looks at health communication with low income and minority audiences, media and cosmetic surgery, and emotional responses to beauty types in advertising.

We are fortunate that she is assuming this new role.

Category: Faculty news

Aspiring journalists learn newest skills for media jobs

Published: July 15th, 2014

journcamp-600x210Aspiring journalists from high schools around the world came to the College earlier this summer for a week-long immersion in the information industries.

The annual Summer Journalism Institute, known as SJI, which has been a staple of the college’s outreach efforts since the mid-1950s, doubled in attendance this year with 200 students from 19 states and three countries.

“You can’t imagine how happy we are seeing 200 of the world’s best young journalists on our campus learning the basic skills and setting them on a path to make our global community more informed,” said Steve Johnson, the camp’s director and visual coordinator for the College. “We spend months planning every detail of the camp, yet each year we are surprised at how the camp takes on a spirit of its own with new and returning campers connecting, learning and sharing stories — the SJI network is stronger than ever.”

The students spend a full week at UF learning from professors and professionals in the communications fields. They wake up at 6:30 a.m., eat breakfast at Gator Corner Dining and begin full days of newsroom classes, writing workshops, keynote speakers and specialized electives in meteorology, video storytelling, photography and anchoring. This year’s program added another full day of courses to the program and gave students more flexibility to select topical electives in the afternoons.

With a staff of more than 30 UF alumni, professors, adjuncts and students, the camp is a 24/7 operation starting when the first future Gator arrives to the last flight home.

“It was gratifying to see how many people from our college worked to create a unique experience for young journalists,” said Diane McFarlin, dean of the College. “It is programs like SJI that open doors and foster ideas in the next generation of storytellers. Connecting them with our network through expanded classes, speakers from across the country and additional time on the UF campus is important, and it was the coordinated efforts of so many that made this year such a success.”

SJI is one of several entrepreneurial and outreach efforts at the college. As this legacy program continues to grow, other programs will grow out of it.

“We are planning to expand our workshops, including potential options targeted to high school advisors next summer,” said Randy Bennett, director of entrepreneurship and partnerships at the college. “There is so much we can offer high school journalists, educators and working professionals, that we feel like we have laid the groundwork for even more outreach in the coming year.”

Their work from the Innovation News Center, broadcast radio and television studios and labs was curated on the camp’s Tumblr page (http://www.ufsji.tumblr.com) and shared across the college’s social networks of prospective and current students, alumni and friends.

“We’ve been constantly retooling the curriculum of the camp to keep up with the changing way we communicate,” Johnson said. “Historically, the camp used to produce a physical paper to distribute to its participants; now we are producing digital-first content and sharing it with our networks of thousands.”

The college is already planning SJI 2015 and more information will be posted at www.jou.ufl.edu/sji.