Check out the amazing line-up of speakers coming to UF

Published: January 23rd, 2015

Wednesday, Jan. 28, sportswriter and author David Epstein, “Roger vs. Tiger: Why sports science says we’re developing young athletes wrong.”

Gannett Auditorium, 6 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 2, Tampa Bay Times environmental reporter Craig Pittman

Smathers Library (East), Room 100, noon 

Tuesday, Feb. 3, Ted Spiker speaks as part of Authors@UF

Smathers Library (East), Room 100, 5 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 5  “Behind the Scenes of AMC’s The Walking Dead” with photographer Gene Page and sound man Robert “Max” Maxfield.

Gannett Auditorium, 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 6 “Meet the College’s Top Entrepreneurs that are part of the Gator100″

Weimer G037, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Monday, March 26, Terry Anderson speaks about his captivity

Pugh Hall Ocora, 6 p.m.

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2015-16 sabbaticals announced

Published: January 22nd, 2015

Congratulations to Ron Rodgers, John Kaplan and Moon Lee for being selected for sabbaticals during the 2015-2016 academic year. Listed below are short descriptions of the projects they will be working on during their sabbaticals:

Ron Rodgers

Ron Rodgers (Fall 2015 and Spring 2016): Ron will devote his two semesters to finishing the research and writing a book on the history of religion’s critique of and influence on press conduct and content leading to the notion of press responsibility. Ron has published eight refereed historical papers and has completed and presented a ninth paper; these and additional research he will conduct will be incorporated into the book.



Moon-LeeMoon Lee (Fall 2015 and Spring 2016): Moon will use the two semesters to put together a plan and build a team at the University of Florida to study the impact of health communication strategies on dietary behaviors. Part of the time would be used to analyze collected data, write a final report, assemble a team of expert collaborators and submit a grant proposal to NIH.



JKaplanJohn Kaplan (Fall 2015): John has been invited to be a Hong Kong Baptist University Visiting Scholar. HKBU leads the world’s only workshop dedicated to the Pulitzers and John will spend his Fall semester exploring the differing yet interrelated perspectives of both photographer and subject. His research will address this dichotomy through written articles and recorded oral/video histories, and examine multimedia’s influence on the storytelling process.

Category: Faculty news

Terry Anderson to speak at Graham Center on March 16

Published: January 21st, 2015

Terry Anderson

Terry Anderson

In March 1985, Associated Press reporter Terry Anderson was abducted off the streets in Beirut and held at the mercy of his Hezbollah Shiite captors.

He lived for nearly seven years in chains wondering fearfully if each day would be his last, but his spirit soared beyond captivity, and he never gave up, nor did those who loved him.

Now, a free man and adjunct lecturer in the College of Journalism and Communications, Anderson will tell the harrowing and poignant story of his survival. The talk will be on 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.

Come meet the College’s top entrepreneurs

Published: January 21st, 2015

1100x450_homebannerGalaOn February 6, the University will honor the Gator100 – some of the most successful Gator entrepreneurs. CJC alumni occupy nine slots on that list.

You can meet and chat with many of those CJC alumni from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6. They will share their entrepreneurial experiences, discuss how their education here helped them prepare for their entrepreneurial ventures and answer your questions.

Please join us in Room G037 on the ground floor of Weimer Hall.

Ted Spiker featured speaker at Smathers Libraries’ Campus Conversations

Published: January 14th, 2015

Ted SpikerA Conversation with Ted Spiker
Associate Professor, Department of Journalism

Down Size:
Twelve Truths for Turning Pants-Splitting Frustration into Pants-Fitting Success

Date: Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Time: 5:00 – 6:15 p.m.
Location: Smathers Library (East), Room 100

Sponsored by the Smathers Libraries Campus Conversations

Light refreshments provided

In addition to heading the department’s magazine sequence and teaching many courses on magazine and feature writing, Professor Spiker is also a freelance writer who specializes in health and fitness writing. His work has been published in Outside; O, the Oprah Magazine; Fortune; Men’s Health, Women’s Health;; Parenting; Prevention; Runner’s World; AARP Magazine; and many others.

Ted Spiker is also co-author of about a dozen books, including the bestselling YOU: The Owner’s Manual series with Dr. Mehmet Oz and Dr. Michael Roizen. Before coming to UF, Spiker served in various editor positions in the magazine publishing world, including Men’s Health, a 1.8 million circulation magazine.

Come meet Ted Spiker as he shares his vulnerable, hilarious, and ultimately insightful experience on taking the scale—and himself—head on, and how he teaches, writes, runs, and blogs while serving as the interim chair of the department.

See Ted Spiker, featured in the December 2014 – January 2015 Gainesville Magazine issue, discussing “the lessons behind the laughter.”

Category: Faculty news

Public Relations Department, Alpha PRoductions to host diversity panel

Published: January 13th, 2015

Diversity in Public RelationsThe Department of Public Relations and Alpha PRoductions will present an event on diversity in the field of communications. Please join them on Thursday, Jan. 22 at 6:30 p.m. in the Gannett Auditorium for a panel-style discussion on diversity and the different paths to success in a communications career.

The panel will include professionals who have worked with brands such as Coca-Cola, Sears, Walt Disney Imagineering, Godiva Chocolatier and HBO. They will discuss their backgrounds and professions, ways their company promotes diversity in the workplace, and their perspective on the impact diversity plays in the communications field. It is free and open to the public.

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Tampa Bay Times environmental reporter to speak on Monday, Feb. 2 at noon

Published: January 13th, 2015

Craig PittmanTampa Bay Times environmental reporter Craig Pittman will give a free public lecture at UF Monday, Feb. 2 at noon in Smathers Library Room 101. You are invited to bring your lunch for the discussion. The College’s Hugh Cunningham Professorship in Journalism Excellence and the George A. Smathers Libraries are sponsoring the lecture.

Considered one of the nation’s top environmental reporters, Craig shares raucous stories about the environmental beat: From covering secret Texas hunting trips paid for by sugar lobbyists to hurricanes and other disasters, natural and human-made.

He has covered environmental issues for Florida’s largest newspaper since 1998. He has won the Waldo Proffitt Award for Distinguished Environmental Journalism in Florida four times and has twice won the top investigative reporting award from the Society of Environmental Journalists.

Craig is the author of three books, “Paving Paradise: Florida’s Vanishing Wetlands and the Failure of No Net Loss” with coauthor Matt Waite; “Manatee Insanity: Inside the War Over Florida’s Most Famous Endangered Species;” and “The Scent of Scandal: Greed, Betrayal, and the World’s Most Beautiful Orchid.”

His new book in the works is “Oh #Florida! How America’s Weirdest State Influences All the Rest.”

Craig will be visiting the College to speak to students in Cynthia Barnett’s environmental journalism courses.His social media sites can be found at and



The Agency kicks off

Published: January 12th, 2015


The Agency kicked off their spring with a retreat this past Saturday. (Photo by Kristi Camara)

The Agency officially launched Saturday at a retreat in the Gannett Auditorium.  Fifty-seven inaugural team members participated in the event. Speakers included CJC Dean Diane McFarlin, Dr. Juan Carlos Molleda, Chair of the PR Department and Lecturer Kay Tappan.

“There was a lot of energy in the room throughout the day,” said Andy Hopson, executive director of The Agency.  “Everyone is psyched and eager to make history as we build an agency that will become internationally recognized for our expertise marketing to Millennials.”

Andy Hopson led the event with the help of his assistant Ryan Baum and Business Manager, Chad Furst. Students learned about the roles they¹ll play in five pillars, administrative, catalysts, strategists, connectors and creators and teams were assigned to Agency clients that include the Florida Department of Citrus, Experiencias Xcaret, The International Center, CJC Media Properties, Health Science Center and the Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering.

“I was so impressed by the drive and passion of our inaugural team.,” said Ryan Baum, assistant to the executive director. “We’re all eager to hit the ground running and make the most of this opportunity from Dean McFarlin and the college.”

Wayne Wanta garners several awards in fall semester

Published: January 12th, 2015

Wayne Wanta collected more than a handful of awards this past semester. Left, in August, he won the top faculty paper award in the largest division of AEJMC (with recent doctoral graduate Mariam Alkazemi). Middle, in October, he and Spiro Kiousis were named "High Impact Scholars" by the University of Texas. Right, in November, Wayne's recent book was named the Outstanding Book in visual communication by the National Communication Association.

Wayne Wanta collected more than a handful of awards this past semester. In August, he won the top faculty paper award in the largest division of AEJMC (with recent doctoral graduate Mariam Alkazemi). Then, in October, he and Spiro Kiousis were named “High Impact Scholars” by the University of Texas. Finally, in November, Wayne’s recent book was named the Outstanding Book in visual communication by the National Communication Association.

David Epstein to visit College, speak as part of Science Journalist in Residence

Published: January 7th, 2015

David Epstein

David Epstein

David Epstein, author of “The Sports Gene: Inside the Science of Extraordinary Athletic Performance,” will spend Jan. 27-30 on campus as part of the CJC-sponsored Science Journalist in Residence Program.

A highlight of Epstein’s visit will be a public talk held on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 6 p.m. at Gannett Auditorium in Weimer Hall on the UF campus. His topic will be “Roger vs. Tiger: Why sports science says we’re developing young athletes wrong.” A book signing will immediately follow his speech. He also will be meeting with various classes and student groups during his stay in the College.

The Sports Gene” was a New York Times bestseller for Epstein, who has written for Sports Illustrated, Discover, Scientific American, Slate, The Washington Post, National Geographic and many other publications. He also covers energy and environmental issues and sports science for ProPublica. His TED Talk “Are athletes really getting faster, better, stronger?” has been viewed more than 1.9 million times.

The Sports GeneThe Science Journalist in Residence Program is sponsored by the UF College of Journalism and Communications, the UF Office of the Provost and the UF Office of Research. Epstein’s visit is also being supported by the Alan C. and Elizabeth Martin Moore Lecture Series from College of Health and Human Performance.

For Epstein, he is excited at the prospect of opening a discourse with journalism students about the power and peril of communicating science.

“I think of the present as a dangerous Golden Age for science writing: There is greater necessity than ever to bridge the gap between what scientists know and what the public knows, and there are heaps of outstanding works doing just that,” said Epstein. “At the same time, much of the flood of daily science reporting serves to confuse the public about scientific findings and – often more importantly – how science fundamentally works. I hope I’ll leave campus giving at least a few journalism students a greater sense of mission, and that I’ll have gained a better understanding of the challenges facing prospective science writers.”

He authored or co-authored several of Sports Illustrated’s most high-profile investigative pieces, including the revelation that Yankees third baseman Alex Rodriguez tested positive for steroids in 2003; an investigation of fraudulently marketed athletic performance and healthcare remedies (including deer antler spray); and an investigation that prompted the resignation of Ohio State football coach Jim Tressel by revealing a pattern of NCAA violations during his tenure.