The Planes of Spain Fall Mainly in the Drain: the American Origin of the Israeli Air Force in 1948
A talk by Ralph Lowenstein
Judaica Suite, Smathers Library 2nd floor
May 12, 2015, 5.30 p.m.
Ralph Lowenstein, dean emeritus of the College of Journalism, University of Florida, will talk about the virtually unknown story of World War II aviators who raced against the clock in 1948 to prevent a second Holocaust. Lowenstein has archived the American participation in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War and was an Israeli Defense Forces infantry volunteer. In 2011, he received the Emma Lazarus Statue of Liberty Award from the American Jewish Historical Society. The award is the society’s highest honor and is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership and commitment to strengthening the American Jewish community.
Sponsored by the Isser and Rae Price Library of Judaica, George A. Smathers Libraries.
Thanks to Churchill Roberts for providing this information on one of our documentary graduates, Hemel Trivedi, TEL 2006. According to Churchill, she’s setting the world on fire with her documentary work. Her film “Among the Believers” is being recognized as one of the most important films of the year and is one of the most talked about films at the Tribeca Film Festival
Check out these interviews with her and her co-director Mohammed Ali Naqvi,at: http://www.rediff.com/movies/special/the-indian-and-pakistani-behind-2015s-most-important-film/20150421.htm and http://www.indiewire.com/article/meet-the-2015-tribeca-filmmakers-51-books-not-bombs-will-end-pakistani-conflict-in-among-the-believers-20150420. Or visit her website at: http://manjushafilms.com/aboutHemal/.
On April 16-18, Janice Krieger and Jordan Neil attended and presented two posters at the 3rd Biennial D. C. Health Communication Conference (DCHC) in Fairfax, Va.
The presentations included: “A Help or a Hindrance? Health Care Decision-Makers and their Role as Sources of Patient Information in retrieving Inferior Vena Cava Filters,” (Neil, Rajasekhar, Krieger) and “Communicating Complex Information about Cancer Research: Designing an Intervention for Patients and Their Families” (Krieger, Neil, Strekalova).
Congratulations to all!
We are excited to learn that a CJC alum, Natalie Caula Hauff, TEL 2007, is among a team of journalists from the Charleston (S.C.) Post and Courier awarded this year’s most prestigious Pulitzer Prize. The newspaper won the Public Service gold medal for its series on the deadly toll that domestic violence takes on women in South Carolina.
“Till Death Do Us Part,” a five-part series, was published last August. Natalie worked for two years at the newspaper before leaving last fall to work for the Charleston County government.
While a telecommunication student at the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications, Natalie worked as a reporter/producer/anchor at WUFT-FM and served as one of the lead reporters for the station’s extended coverage of the execution of Danny Rolling. She won several regional and national awards for her work.
After graduating in 2007, she was a reporter for WCIV-TV in Charleston for five years before joining the Post and Courier staff.
Congratulations to Ron Rodgers He has just published a study in Journalism History titled “A Strange Absence of News”: The Titanic, the Times, Checkbook Journalism, and the Inquiry into the Public’s Right to Know.
The study explores the controversy around allegations that the Titanic’s surviving wireless operator and the operator aboard the rescue ship held back news detailing the disaster so they could sell their stories to The New York Times.
Those allegations and a Senate inquiry into news suppression as part of the Titanic investigation raised some of the first questions about the ethics and/or the propriety of the then-accepted practice of journalists paying for news—an early sounding defining the responsibility of the press to society that still has resonance a century later. Informing that debate in both the nation’s press and in the halls of Congress were an uncongealed journalistic news ethic in the face of rising notions of the public interest during a progressive era that saw the press as one more monied power in need of reform.
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Congratulations to our winners from the 2015 awards banquet, held April 20, 2015. Chad Furst, who will graduate this spring with a public relations degree, received the Ruth and Rae O. Weimer Award. This award, named for the founding director and first dean of the College, is presented each year to the outstanding graduate of the College.
Ruth and Rae O. Weimer Award
Dean’s Cup for Professional Promise
Kelly Price & Krystal Lambert
Dean’s Cup for Scholarship
Dean’s Cup for Service
Connor Hachey & Katie Brady
Outstanding Advertising Scholar
Chris Burg & Katie Duguid
Joseph R. Pisani Service Award
Robert Glafcke Award
Richard W. McGinnis Professional Promise Award
John Sutherland Great Ideas Award
Kristina Camara & Devin Lee
Outstanding Journalism Scholar
Journalism Service Award
John Paul Jones Jr. Award
Elmer Emig Award
Alex Harrisn & Kelly Price
H.G. “Buddy” Davis Award
Society of Professional Journalists Award
Ayana Stewart & Erica Hernandez
Outstanding Public Relations Scholar
Frank F. Rathbun PRSSA Award
Chad Furst & Ana Gomez
Charles Wellborn Service Award
Jack Detweiler Professional Promise in Public Relations Award
Elliot Levy, Jenna Perlman, James E. Parker & Paige Thies
Florida Public Relations Association Award
Chad Furst & Jennifer Leggett
Outstanding Telecommunication Scholar
Major Garland Powell Award
May Burton Award
F. Leslie Smith Management Award
MEDIA PROPERTIES AWARDS
Jon Quattlebaum Award
Rochelle Alleyne & Zak Dahlheimer
Ralph L. Lowenstein Broadcast News Award
Kenneth A. Christiansen Award
TV Production & Creative Services Frank Counts Award
“Red” Barber Award
Doris Bardon Award
Excellence in Digital Media Award
Excellence in Multimedia Meteorology Award
Excellence in Media Leadership
Andrew Arons & Julian Hernandez
GRADUATE AND RESEARCH AWARDS
Outstanding Graduate Student Teacher
Nicki Karimipour & Annelie Schmittel
Outstanding Master’s Student
Kendra Auguste & Gary Green
Outstanding Student Research Award
Annelie Schmittel & Yulia Strekalova
Congratulations to Nicki Karimipour! Her article titled Suicide on the Sidelines: Media Portrayals of NFL Players’ Suicides from June 2000 to September 2012 will appear in Journal of Sports Media.
From 2000 until 2012 there have been more than a dozen suicides by current or retired NFL athletes. Stories about these suicides have made their way into mainstream news and sport-related media coverage. Current research does not fully account for all of the important aspects related to suicide among athletes—especially NFL athletes—nor does it explore the ways in which the suicides have been covered by mass and online media. To date, there has not been a comprehensive analysis to identify the ways in which the media covered the stories or what themes exist in the coverage. This study examines media coverage of NFL athlete suicides from June 2000 to September 2012 in six sources: The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and Washington Post (print); ESPN, Sports Illustrated, and Bleacher Report (online). The study discusses the results of qualitative content analysis performed on the 176 articles, using framing analysis to address the specific research questions. Ultimately, this research presents media portrayals and discussion of commonly appearing frames, discusses thematic elements and framing tools and provides suggestions for future scholarship on the topic.
About Journal of Sports Media
The Journal of Sports Media is a response to the undeniable influence of sports media on contemporary culture and the growing interest in the field as an area of study and research. It provides a broad-based exploration of the field and promotes a greater understanding of sports media in terms of their practices, value, and effect on the culture as a whole.
Lauren Darm Furey, Rich Shumate and Andrea Hall
Doctoral students Andrea Hall, Lauren Darm Furey and Rich Shumate won top student paper awards at the AEJMC’s 40th annual Southeast Colloquium, held March 26-28 in Knoxville, Tenn.
Hall and Darm Furey won in the Newspaper and Online Division for their study, Mum’s the Word: A Content Analysis of Frames Used on Parents Who Have Left Children in Hot Cars. Shumate won in the open division for his paper, Division and Attraction: Negative Political Advertising and the Increased Popularity of Politically Opinionated Programming.
CJC students Jordan Neil, Ginger Blackstone and Tiffany Schweickart also presented at the conference, as did Dr. Clay Calvert.
Don’t forget, “A Wing and a Prayer” airs this Sunday at 3 p.m. on WUFT-TV. The hour-long documentary tells the virtually unknown story of World War II aviators who raced against the clock in 1948 to prevent a second Holocaust.
The film was written, directed and produced by Boaz Dvir, an alumnus of the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications and a faculty member at Penn State University. It features exclusive interviews with operations leader Al Schwimmer and other American Jewish and Christian pilots who volunteered to fly transport and combat aircraft for Israel during its 1948 War of Independence.
It also features Dean Emeritus Ralph Lowenstein, who spent his spare time for 30 years archiving the American participation in the 1948 Arab-Israeli War. Lowenstein, who at 18 volunteered for Israel’s armored corps during that war, served as the film’s historical consultant. He was later a U.S. soldier during the Korean War.
The film’s other College connections include Tim Sorel, who served as director of photography.
American Public Television (APT) is releasing the film on the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII. Nearly 100 public broadcasting stations around the country will broadcast “A Wing and a Prayer,” which is narrated by William Baldwin (“Hawaii-Five-O,” “Parenthood”).
“A Wing and a Prayer” features firsthand accounts of daring escapes and heart-pounding action by Schwimmer and members of his group, including chief pilot Sam Lewis and Christian radio operator Eddie Styrak. Styrak, arrested by the British for trying to bring Holocaust survivors into the burgeoning Jewish state had to escape prison to join Schwimmer’s operation.
Schwimmer’s recruits thought they were done fighting after WWII, which ended in 1945. Yet Schwimmer convinced them to risk their lives and U.S. citizenship to give the newborn Jewish state a fighting chance in the 1948 Arab-Israel War, the stage for which was set six months earlier when the United Nations voted to partition British-controlled Palestine.
The morning after Israel declared independence on May 14, 1948, five well-equipped Arab armies invaded. The Jews’ return to their ancient land appeared short-lived. Only a miracle or an ingenious plan could save them.
Schwimmer’s plan called for eluding the FBI and outsmarting the U.S. State Department by creating a fictitious airline, buying war-surplus aircraft and smuggling in surplus Nazi weapons from behind the Iron Curtain. As a result, the Israeli air force in 1948 was English-speaking, with mostly American pilots.
Schwimmer and his American volunteers helped reshape history. Yet history books have ignored them. “A Wing and a Prayer” fills in that missing chapter.
Join the STEM Translational Communications Research team on Friday, April 24 from 2-4 p.m. for “Collaborating with Strangers in Communication and Health. The workshop connects students, faculty and researchers from across campus. You’ll walk away with resources, solutions and creative ideas than you ever imagined. To register, go to: http://www.jou.ufl.edu/tcr/events.