Terry Anderson receives belated Zenger Award

Published: March 4th, 2015

Terry AndersonTerry Anderson received a belated award last week during a trip to Arizona. In 1990 while still a captive in Beirut, the University of Arizona awarded Terry the John Peter and Anna Catherine Zenger Award. Last week in a surprise ceremony, he received the award.

Terry was in Arizona to speak on a panel for Arizona Public Media’s AZ Week.  He joined the parents of slain freelancer James Foley to discuss “American Journalists Abroad Face Increasing Peril.”

Since 1954, the University of Arizona journalism program has awarded the John Peter and Anna Catherine Zenger Award to a journalist who fights for freedom of the press and the people’s right to know.

It is named for a husband and wife team of pioneering journalists. John Peter Zenger was editor of the New York Weekly Journal in 1734 when he was jailed by British colonial authorities on charges of seditious libel. He had criticized the corrupt administration of New York’s governor, William Cosby. While Zenger was imprisoned, his wife, Anna Catherine Zenger, continued to publish the newspaper. Zenger’s subsequent trial and acquittal is considered a landmark case in the history of freedom of the press, helping to lay the foundation for the First Amendment.  Past Zenger Award winners include Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, Walter Cronkite and Bill Moyers.

To view the panel discussion, visit: https://originals.azpm.org/azweek/.

Former “60 Minutes” producer Lowell Bergman to speak at Flagler College on March 8

Published: March 2nd, 2015

Lowell Bergman

Lowell Bergman

Former 60 Minutes producer and award-winning journalist Lowell Bergman will speak of his experiences in investigative journalism on Sunday, March 8 at 7:30 p.m. in Lewis Auditorium (14 Granada St.) on the Flagler College campus in St. Augustine.

Bergman is also a former senior producer and consultant to PBS’ Frontline and winner of a Pulitzer Prize, six duPont Awards, three Peabody Awards and an RFK Grand Prize.

His 60 Minutes investigation of the tobacco industry was dramatized in the Academy Award-nominated feature film The Insider, in which he was portrayed by Al Pacino.

The event if free and open to the public. For more information, call the Events Line: (904) 819-6400

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Don’t forget – The Agency dedication tomorrow at 11 a.m.

Published: February 23rd, 2015

Agency invite

Eunice Kim receives American Academy of Advertising Research Fellowship

Published: February 17th, 2015

Eunice KimAdvertising Assistant Professor Eunice Kim has been awarded a 2015 American Academy of Advertising Research Fellowship for her proposal “Cultural Influence on the Effectiveness of Brand Placement: A Cross-Cultural Study of Consumer Attention.”

She will receive the award during AAA’s annual conference in Chicago in March.

The goals of the study are to identify and substantiate the underlying mechanism of how culture influences the cognitive process, and to expand the understanding of consumers’ processing of brand placement across cultures. The study will specifically focus on the differences between East Asian and Western cultures. She will be working with Yongjun Sung, an associate professor of psychology at Korea University in South Korea.

Kim earned her doctoral degree in advertising in 2014 and her master’s degree in advertising in 2010 from the University of Texas, and her bachelor’s degree in mass communication and history from Yonsei University in South Korea in 2008.

Before pursing her graduate degrees, Kim worked in consumer research and account planning at several advertising agencies in South Korea, including DDB Worldwide Communication Group and Ogilvy & Mather.   During her graduate studies, she worked as a social media marketing communication consultant for SCOTOSS Consulting and collaborated on a research project, Engagement Plus Study, on brand communications on Twitter.

Two Ph.D. students receive dissertation honors from American Academy of Advertising

Published: February 17th, 2015

Two Advertising doctoral students from the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications have won awards from the American Academy of Advertising for their dissertations.

Soojin Kim and Jihye Kim will receive their honors during the association’s annual conference in Chicago in March.

Soojin Kim’s dissertation is entitled, “The Attitudinal and Behavioral Effects of Pictorial Metaphors in Advertising: Considering the Need for Cognition and Mediating Effect of Emotional Response;” Jihye Kim’s dissertation is on “The Effect of Message Framing on Health-Related Decisions: The Moderating Role of Severity and Temporal Outcome and the Mediating Role of Repose Efficacy.”

Soojin Kim holds a master’s in fine arts in advertising design from Ewha Womans’ University in Seoul and a master’s in advertising from the University of Texas at Austin.

Prior to returning to academia, she spent ten years working for several advertising and marketing agencies as an advertising creative designer, a web designer, an account executive, and marketing director. She worked with major clients such as Unilever, Kraft Food, Microsoft Korea, Intel Korea, and HP Korea.

Her primary research interests include Visual Communication in advertising, visual persuasion, consumer psychology, affective value and branding. She is interested in exploring the consumers’ psychological mechanisms of how “visual message effects” in advertising can help persuade consumers and facilitate engagement with ad messages and the brands.

In addition, she also won several research awards, including Top Student Paper Award from the 2013 Annual Convention of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication (AEJMC) in advertising division, and received an award for Best Student Paper 2013 from the International Journal of Advertising.

Jihye Kim received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from the Korea University and a master of advertising from UF.

Currently, her research is focused on issues that relate to advertising message strategies, health communications and the application of advertising in the new media environment. This includes studying how to better understand the health-related decision process by examining the factors that influence the impact of framed messages.

STEM TCR series featuring speaker on misperceptions in politics and health care

Published: February 16th, 2015

Brendan NyhanThe College’s STEM Translational Communication Research Program will sponsor “From WMDs to the vaccine-autism myth: Understanding misperceptions in politics and health care,” on Friday, Feb. 27, at 11 a.m., in Weimer Hall, Room 2066.

Brendan Nyhan, Ph.D., an assistant professor in Dartmouth College’s Department of Government, is the featured speaker. The speech is next in a colloquium series sponsored by STEM TCR and is co-sponsored by the frank gathering and the UF Clinical and Translational Science Institute.

For more information, please email lyllyr@jou.ufl.edu.


Rita Men, APR, to join College’s Public Relations faculty in August

Published: February 12th, 2015

Rita Men photoPlease join us in welcoming Rita Men, APR, who will join our College in August as an Assistant Professor of Public Relations. She is currently an Assistant Professor at Southern Methodist University.

Rita’s research interests include employee engagement, leadership communication, measurement and evaluation, relationship/reputation management, and social media public relations. She is currently working as part of a global research team dedicated to developing the measurement standard for excellence in internal communication and on several projects concerning how organizational leadership, culture, new technology, and strategic communication factors interplay to influence public relations effectiveness.

Rita earned a doctorate in Communication in 2012 from the University of Miami, a master’s degree in Communication from Hong Kong Baptist University and a bachelor’s degree in International Communication from Zhejiang University, China.

Her research has been published in leading refereed journals, including Journal of Public Relations Research, Management Communication Quarterly, Public Relations Review, Journal of Communication Management, International Journal of Strategic Communication and Public Relations Journal, and as book chapters in Handbook of Communication and Corporate Reputation, The IABC Handbook of Organizational Communication: A Guide to Internal Communication, Public Relations, Marketing and Leadership, and New Media and Public Relations.

Rita serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Public Relations Research, Communication Research Report, and has served as a reviewer of many journals and conferences. She received numerous awards and grants from the International Communication Association, the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the International Public Relations Research Conference, the Center for Global Public Relations, the Arthur Page Center, and the Plank Center for Leadership in Public Relations. She is the 2010 recipient of the Ketchum Excellence in Public Relations Research Award from the Institute for Public Relations.

Rita has significant professional experience, including corporate communication, branding, and public relations research. She has worked internationally with Alibaba Group Inc. and Ketchum Inc., and provided communication consultancy for multiple multinational corporations and non-profit organizations in China and the United States.

She is the advisory board member and former co-organizer of the International Public Relations Research Conference. She also serves as the Research Editor for the Institute for Public Relations’ Organizational Communication Research Center.

Category: Faculty news

Preview seeking academic advisors

Published: February 11th, 2015

The UF Academic Advising Center is beginning preparations for this summer’s Preview. They are seeking faculty members and advisors from all College on campus to work as academic advisors throughout the summer.

They have scheduled several information sessions for interested individuals. These sessions will take place in Room 200, Farrior Hall on Fletcher Drive:

Thursday, Feb. 12 – 1:55 – 2:45 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 17 – 9:35 – 10:25 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 18 – 10:40 – 11:30 a.m.

Additional information including a link to the application is available at: https://www.advising.ufl.edu/preview/previewapps.html. Applications are due by 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 19.

For questions, please email smock@advising.ufl.edu or call 273-4070.

Amy Jo Coffey named to UF’s Institutional Review Board

Published: February 11th, 2015

Amy Jo Coffey

Amy Jo Coffey

Congratulations to Amy Jo Coffey for being appointed a member of the University of Florida’s Institutional Review Board for a three-year term, through 2018. She will be involved in reviewing research protocols at UF involving human subjects and will also serve as an internal resource for anyone in our College who has IRB questions.

Category: Faculty news

College announces 2014-15 Alumni of Distinction class

Published: February 5th, 2015