Howard French to speak on Thursday, April 9 at 6 p.m. in Gannett Auditorium

Published: March 30th, 2015

Howard FrenchHoward W. French, a former New York Times senior writer and an expert on foreign affairs, will deliver a keynote address on “China’s Second Continent: How a Million Migrants are Building a New Empire in Africa,” on Thursday, April 9, at 6 p.m. in Weimer Hall’s Gannett Auditorium. The speech is free and open to the public and is part of a two-day UF conference on China’s strategy in Africa that begins that morning.

French is currently an associate professor at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. Until July 2008, he was the chief of the New York Times’ Shanghai bureau. Prior to this assignment, he headed bureaus in Japan, West and Central Africa, Central America and the Caribbean. French’s work for the newspaper in both Africa and in China has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He has won numerous other awards, including the Overseas Press Club award and the Grantham Prize. French speaks English, Chinese, Japanese, French, and Spanish.

The conference is sponsored by The Center for African Studies, the College of Journalism and Communications, the Division of Sponsored Research and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Warrington College of Business Administration, the UF Center for International Studies, Center for the Study of Race and Race Relations, the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere, Department of Political Science, The African-American Program, the Department of Anthropology and the Center for Latin American Studies. For more information, visit: or contact Michael Leslie at

Ann Christiano featured speaker in TedxUF

Published: March 24th, 2015

annCongratulations to Ann Christiano for being one of the featured speakers in TEDxUF held last weekend. If you’d like to see her talk, visit: Ann’s talk begins at 5:03:15.

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Latin America science journalist speaks tomorrow at 4 p.m. in Weimer 3032

Published: March 24th, 2015

Herton Escobar LAS Seminar[1] copyHerton Escobar, one of Latin America’s leading science and environmental journalists, will speak Wednesday, March 25, at 4 p.m. in Weimer 3032. His speech on “Adventures in Science Journalism in Brazil: Challenges and Opportunities in a Digital Age of Low Budgets and Short Attention Spans” is sponsored by the UF College of Journalism and Communications and the UF Office of Research.

UFNABJ is hosting a Faculty Appreciation Breakfast

Published: March 23rd, 2015

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The UF Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists (UFNABJ) is hosting a Faculty Appreciation Breakfast as part of its Fall 2014 “Mini-Week.”

John Kaplan developing new international course

Published: March 23rd, 2015

JKaplanJohn Kaplan has been awarded a $5,000 Undergraduate Course Development Grant to design a new course entitled “International Humanitarian Communication.” The course will be a component of UF’s new International Scholars Program, an interdisciplinary campus-wide program offering all degree-seeking undergraduate students an avenue to internationalize their undergraduate experience.

The University of Florida International Center has recently assumed responsibility for implementing the Quality Enhancement Plan (QEP) “Learning without Borders: Internationalizing the Gator Nation,” a key component of UF’s SACSCOC Accreditation. ​

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frank accepting donations for homeless and hunger coalition

Published: March 18th, 2015

Gainesville’s very own frank gathering has teamed up with Alachua County Coalition for the Homeless and Hungry to combat homelessness, one donation at a time.

The Street Store will make its way to Gainesville this Sunday, where the homeless can come and pick up wearable donations given by the local community.

The Street Store is an initiative founded in January of 2014 in South Africa with the support of M & C Saatchi Able Capetown. It is the world’s first rent-free, premises-free pop-up clothing store, and it’s completely dedicated to helping those in need.

Throughout the week of March 16, frank will be setting up donation boxes around campus asking for large clothing, shoes, outerwear and accessories that can be used as inventory for the Street Store. In the College, we are accepting donations our box is located in the Mail Room on the second floor.

College alumna to speak on Thursday, March 26 at 6 p.m.

Published: March 12th, 2015

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Sharyl Attkisson, TEL 1982

Investigative journalist and author Sharyl Attkisson will speak on “The Rightful Owners of Public Information” on Thursday, March 26, at 6 p.m. in Weimer Hall’s Gannett Auditorium on the University of Florida campus.

Attkisson’s speech will kick off “Breaking Down Walls: The Fight for Open Government,” a two-day conference focused on freedom of information issues. The conference is sponsored by the Joseph L. Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, Holland & Knight, and Thomas & LoCicero.

Immediately following Attkisson’s speech, a panel discussion will be held on “Hitting the Wall: Reports from the Frontline of the FOIA Battlefield.” Panelists include Terry Anderson, a former AP reporter who was held hostage in Beirut from 1985-91 and chronicled his days of captivity in the book “Den of Lions,” Ted Bridis, head of AP’s national investigative team in Washington, D.C., and attorney Tab Turner, who has fought a number of battles over the release of government records.

Attkisson’s speech and the panel discussion on Thursday evening are free and open to the public. Students are welcome.

Attkisson, a 1982 telecommunication graduate of the UF College of Journalism and Communications and a College Alumna of Distinction, is author of the New York Times bestseller Stonewalled, which addresses the unseen influences of corporations and special interests on the information and images the public receives every day in the news and elsewhere.

“This FOIA conference is made possible by a generous gift from Sharyl,” said Diane McFarlin, Dean of the UF College of Journalism and Communications. “This is a critical issue for our nation, as well as for journalism and we are pleased that so many of the nation’s leading experts on freedom of information issues will be here to participate in this conversation.”

For 20 years, Attkisson was a correspondent for CBS News. In 2013, she received an Emmy Award for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for her reporting on “The Business of Congress,” which included an undercover investigation into fund-raising by Republican freshmen. She also received Emmy nominations in 2013 for “Benghazi: Dying for Security and Green Energy Going Red.” Additionally, Attkisson received a 2013 Daytime Emmy Award as part of the CBS Sunday Morning team’s entry for Outstanding Morning Program for her report: “Washington Lobbying: K-Street Behind Closed Doors.”

In 2012, Attkisson also received an Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Journalism for the “Gunwalker: Fast and Furious” story. She received the RTNDA Edward R. Murrow Award for Excellence in Investigative Reporting for the same story.

Before joining CBS, Attkisson was an anchor and reporter at WTVT in Tampa, WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio and WTVX-TV Ft. Pierce/West Palm Beach. She began her broadcast journalism career in 1982 as a reporter at WUFT-TV, the PBS station at the University of Florida. In 1997, she received the University’s Alumna of Outstanding Achievement Award honoring 47 women who have attended the University since its opening.

For those interested in attending the conference, please email call the Brechner Center at (352)392-2273. For more information on the conference, visit

Amy Jo Coffey panelist at Hispanic/Latino conference

Published: March 11th, 2015

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Panelists, pictured from left to right are: Christian Martinez (UF ’99), Head of Sales for U.S. Multicultural, Facebook; Mark Lopez, Head of Latino Market, Google; Coffey, University of Florida; Summer Harlow, Ph.D., Florida State University; and Juan Tornoe, CEO of Hispanic and CMO of Cultural Strategies.

Congrats to Amy Jo Coffey.

She participated in and moderated a panel titled “Language, Culture, and their Roles in Social Media” at the 2015 Hispanic/Latino Media & Marketing International Conference at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Feb. 19-21 at its Center for Hispanic Marketing Communication.

Coffey was also one of several scholars who gathered to form the Association for Latino Media and Marketing Communication Research. Photo courtesy of Florida State University.

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College launches graduate certificate in fundraising management

Published: March 11th, 2015

The College is launching an innovative Graduate Certificate Program in Fundraising Management that will give students and local fundraisers the opportunity to hone their fundraising knowledge and skills in an academic environment.

The nine-credit program began this spring semester with one course, but program coordinator Kathleen Kelly said the entire program will launch this fall.

The certificate program is unique in the United States. Most educational fundraising programs are taught in extension schools of universities, and their courses are noncredit and staffed by part-time practitioner adjuncts. The UF program, in contrast, is part of our College and its courses are for-credit at the graduate level and taught by full-time graduate faculty.

It is also likely the first fundraising program to be co-sponsored by a university-affiliated foundation, the University of Florida Foundation.

The certificate comes at a time when fundraising is one of the highest-paying jobs in the nonprofit sector. According to the Association of Fundraising Professionals, U.S. fundraisers earned an average salary of more than $75,000 in 2013.

According to Kathleen, a high demand exists for trained fundraisers, but there’s still a shortage and it’s not an occupation talked about by guidance counselors or academic advisers, so most college students don’t realize fundraising is a viable and rewarding career.

Those who complete the certificate will be given an exploratory interview with the UF Foundation for available employment opportunities.

For more information, contact Kathleen at or 352-392-9359. Also visit the Graduate Certificate in Fundraising Management’s website,

Terry Anderson: Monday, March 16, 6 p.m., Pugh Hall Ocora

Published: March 10th, 2015

Terry AndersonDon’t forget this great opportunity to hear Terry Anderson speak about the harrowing and poignant story of his survival.

Monday, March 16 at 6 p.m. in the Pugh Hall Ocora.

The event and parking are free and open to the public.

The event is sponsored by the College and the Bob Graham Center for Public Service.