Mary Ann Ferguson is awarded Page Center grant

Published: June 10th, 2015

Baobao Song

Baobao Song

Mary Ann Ferguson

Mary Ann Ferguson

Congratulations to Mary Ann Ferguson and Baobao Song, doctoral student in public relations, who received a grant award from the Arthur W. Page Center for Integrity in Public Communications at Penn State University.

Their proposal, titled “Effective CSR Communication: Engaging Consumers’ Prosocial Behavior,” will explore how organizations can more effectively encourage and engage consumers’ prosocial behavior through CSR communication.

This year the Arthur W. Page Center received more than 50 proposals, making it the largest response to date.

Johanna Cleary receives Emeritus status

Published: May 29th, 2015

Congratulations to Johanna Cleary on her new University of Florida status – Associate Professor Emeritus. The honor was bestowed on Johanna for her professional achievements during her tenure in the Telecommunication Department.

Johanna came to UF in 2004 as an Assistant Professor and was subsequently awarded tenure and promoted to Associate Professor. She has taught required undergraduate courses in Investigative Reporting and Ethics and Problems and graduate courses in Mass Communication Theory and a specialized course, Covering the Arts. She has been very involved with the College’s Study Abroad program, teaching courses in Ethics, Covering the Arts, World Communication Systems and Travel Reporting. Johanna has received accolades for her dedication and was previously selected as the College’s junior faculty International Educator of the Year.

In addition to her classroom teaching, Johanna has contributed to the Graduate Program by chairing or serving on almost 100 supervisory committees, including chairing three doctoral committees. She has served as the Department’s Graduate Coordinator since 2009.

Johanna is a published author with 16 refereed journal articles as well as 23 refereed conference papers. She has also published various book chapters, trade publication articles and reviews.

A highly valued and productive member of the College faculty, Johanna is well deserving of this honor upon her official retirement.

Category: Faculty news

Noticias WUFT students win SPJ Sunshine State Award

Published: May 22nd, 2015

Noticias-logoThe Noticias WUFT news team has won first place in the Society of Professional Journalists’ 2015 Sunshine State Awards, in the Spanish language category “Best Student Work – Audiovisual.” Many students’ work was involved, but the winning program was co-anchored by Andrea Terrasa and April Lanuza, and copy edited by Mariana DeMaio, graduate student advisor. Thanks to SPJ and NAHJ’s efforts, there is now an appropriate Spanish-language category under which Noticias WUFT and other programs like it can compete. Awards will be formally announced on Aug. 15 in Miami, a joint ceremony sponsored by SPJ’s Florida chapter and the National Association of Hispanic Journalists’ South Florida Chapter.

Dodd, Brown, Burton present poster at UF Social Media and Sustainability Conference

Published: May 22nd, 2015

Professor of Journalism Julie Dodd and master’s graduates Hannah O. Brown (MAMC 2014) and Rebecca Burton (MAMC 2014) presented a poster at UF’s first annual Social Media and Sustainability Conference on April 17, at the Marin H. Levin Advocacy Center at the UF College of Law. The conference was hosted by the UF Center for Adaptive Innovation, Resilience, Ethics, and Science (CAIRES).

“Teaching Science Communication through Blogging and Twitter” examined a science writing project in Multimedia Writing (JOU3109). Students had to report and write stories with an environmental, health, science or technology angle and then work toward getting their stories published. Dodd is the instructor for the 150-student course, and Brown was one of the lab instructors.

One of the publication outlets for the students’ stories was Layman’s Terms Media, Burton’s blog that covers science, health and environmental issues. Burton and her blog were recognized by Scientific American’s The SA Incubator, which recognizes the next generation of science writers and journalists. Several students in Multimedia Writing worked with Burton to have their stories published on her blog.

In addition to reading the poster, conference participants could view the blog on an iPad and listen to audio interviews with students who published on the blog. The audio interviews are posted on the blog.

Burton, who created the blog while she was a marine biology and journalism major at Florida International University, is Communications Coordinator for UF’s Florida Sea Grant. Brown taught Multimedia Writing for four semesters while a master’s student. She is Leadership Director at UF Hillel. Dodd and the Multimedia Writing lab instructors received the 2012 UF Office of Sustainability Award for Academic Programs for the EHST project.

Presenting at UF’s Social Media and Sustainability Conference are (left to right) Rebecca Burton, Julie Dodd and Hannah Brown.

Presenting at UF’s Social Media and Sustainability Conference are (left to right) Rebecca Burton, Julie Dodd and Hannah Brown.

PR major Vedrana Damjanovic interviews Hannah Brown and Rebecca Burton for a story about the conference for Prism, UF Honors Magazine.

PR major Vedrana Damjanovic interviews Hannah Brown and Rebecca Burton for a story about the conference for Prism, UF Honors Magazine.

Well done to the faculty and students who place the CJC in the academic spotlight

Published: May 20th, 2015

Recently, quite a few of our faculty and students have placed the College in the academic spotlight.

Juan-Carlos Molleda (with Sarab Kochhar and Christopher Wilson) has an article in the Public Relations Review:Tipping the balance: A decision-making model for localization in global public relations agencies.

A paper by Yu-Hao Lee (and Robert Wells) has won 2nd place in the Gene Burd Competition, the top faculty paper competition for AEJMC. Their manuscript, “Online collective action as group identity performance: Extending the strategic side of SIDE,” also has been accepted for presentation at this summer’s annual AEJMC Conference in San Francisco.

An article by Cynthia Morton (and Sun-Young Park), “The Role of Regulatory Focus, Social Distance, and Involvement in Anti-High-Risk Drinking Advertising: A Construal-Level Theory Perspective,” has been published in the Journal of Advertising.

Jon Morris (with Ilyoung Ju, Jong Woo Jun, and Naa Dodoo) has an article in the Journal of Marketing Communications: “The Influence of Life Satisfaction on Nostalgic Advertising and Attitude toward a Brand.”

McAdams selected as Scripps Howard Foundation/AEJMC Visiting Professor

Published: May 19th, 2015

Mindy McAdams

Mindy McAdams

Journalism Professor and Knight Chair Mindy McAdams will be spending two weeks this summer at WCPO-TV in Cincinnati, Ohio, as a Scripps Howard Foundation/Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) Visiting Professor in Social Media.

Read more in College News →

Category: Faculty news

UF CJC at the International Communication Association Conference

Published: May 18th, 2015

Twenty members of the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications community of faculty and students are presenting papers or serving in other roles at the International Communication Association (ICA) Conference May 21-25 in San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Read the full list in College News →

ICA is a leading academic association for scholars interested in the study, teaching, and application of all aspects of human and mediated communication.

Bateman students finish second at national competition

Published: May 8th, 2015

Bateman 2015Congratulations to the University of Florida’s Bateman team for its second place finish at the Public Relations Student Society of America’s 2015 Bateman Case Study competition in Chicago today. Loyola University New Orleans, took the top prize.

The team includes seniors Andrea Cepeda, Nathan King, Elliot Levy, Trisha Tucker and Valeria Yulee. Deanna Pelfrey and Craig Dezern, Vice President, Global Communications, Walt Disney Corporation, served as this year’s faculty and professional advisers, respectively.

UF’s Bateman teams have a long history of competing successfully in the case study competition. The College’s team last won the competition in 2014; UF teams also won in 1983, 1986, 1990, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001 and 2011.

PRSSA received 60 entries for this year’s competition. Of these submissions, 13 entries received honorable mention and three were chosen as finalists to present their campaigns today to the panel of judges in Chicago. The other finalist was the University of South Carolina.

The goals of this year’s Bateman Competition were to increase awareness among the American public and educate them about the serious consequences of poor quality housing, as well as inform and engage communities in steps they can take to help Home Matters take action now. Students will implement a campaign that aligns with the mission of the client’s national movement or work with a local Home Matters non-profit member.

First established as the National Case Study in 1973, and later renamed to honor the late Carroll J. Bateman, APR, the competition challenges teams of students to research, plan, implement and evaluate a comprehensive public relations campaign for an actual client.

Aaron Zeiler named 2015 Karel Fellow

Published: April 30th, 2015

Aaron Zeiler

Aaron Zeiler

Congratulations to Aaron Zeiler, 4PR, who has been named as one of seven students nationwide to participate in the 2015 Frank Karel Fellowship in Public Interest Communications. Aaron will spend this summer working for the Washington, D.C.-based Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, a leading force in the fight to reduce tobacco use and its deadly toll in the United States and around the world. He’ll join our own Mina Radman, JOU 2014 who serves as Communications Associate for the organization.

The Karel Fellowship program honors and advances the legacy of Frank Karel, who established, led and nurtured the field of strategic communications in philanthropy during his 30 years as chief communications officer for the Robert Wood Johnson and Rockefeller Foundations. Our Public Interest Communication program, under the watchful eye of Public Relations Professor Ann Christiano, has consistently placed students in the summer fellowship program.

The Karel Fellowship in Public Interest Communications is a unique, hands-on, experiential summer program that inspires undergraduate students by exposing them to professional experiences as social change communicators. This Fellowship is especially focused on translating personal passion for a more just world into communication skills that elicit social change. Fellows—either first-generation or minority college students—gain hands-on experience through working on social justice issues, under the guidance of a communications mentor at leading local, national and global nonprofits in the Greater Washington, DC area.

The Frank Karel Fellowship in Public Interest Communications is made possible by support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, Spitfire Strategies, Burness, Brodeur Partners, the Viola Fund, and Betsy Karel. Now in its fourth year, the Karel Fellowship is administered out of the Washington Regional Association of Grantmakers, a network of funders dedicated to promoting increased, effective, and responsible philanthropy in the Greater Washington region.

UF’s Bateman team named national finalist

Published: April 29th, 2015


Left to right, Public Relations Lecturer Deanna Pelfrey, Nathan King, Trisha Tucker, Elliot Levy, Andrea Cepeda and Valerie Yulee

Congratulations to this year’s UF Bateman team for being named one of three national finalists in the 2015 Bateman Case Study Competition sponsored by the Public Relations Student Society of America!

Five CJC seniors competed in Fall 2014 to be selected as members of the 2014-2015 UF Bateman Team. This year’s competition is designed to raise awareness and spark local and national dialogue around the importance of affordable housing, in partnership with Home Matters®, The Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations and Edelman.

The UF Bateman team includes seniors Andrea Cepeda, Nathan King, Elliot Levy, Trisha Tucker and Valeria Yulee. Deanna Pelfrey and Craig Dezern, Vice President, Global Communications, Walt Disney Corporation, served as this year’s faculty and professional advisers, respectively.

After completing secondary and primary research, the team designed and implemented a public relations campaign throughout Gainesville and on the UF campus. The team completed its 100-page book for submission at the end of March. The “Imagine…a place called Home” campaign was developed in conjunction with two local Home Matters non-profit members: National Housing Development Corporation and Habitat for Humanity.

PRSSA Headquarters received 60 entries for this year’s competition. Of these submissions, 13 entries received honorable mention and three were chosen as finalists. The team will travel to Chicago for the finals on Friday, May 8. Finalists include UF, Loyola University New Orleans and the University of South Carolina.