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.
The Los Angeles Times has been named the winner of the 29th Annual Joseph L. Brechner Freedom of Information Award for its investigative series. The award-winning series titled: “Lifting a Cloak of Secrecy,” details the fight for access to information about ownership of the Los Angeles Coliseum.
UF’s College of Journalism and Communications Dean Diane McFarlin presented the $3,000 prize to the Times’ Ron Li and Paul Pringle at the Florida Free Speech Forum’s annual Buddy Davis award luncheon on April 13, 2015.
“The reporters used public records to reveal how Los Angeles city officials were making secret deals to turn ownership of the Coliseum over to the University of Southern California, a private institution, said Sandra Chance, executive director of the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information. “Their reporting led to indictments, hard-fought court battles and a ‘blistering rebuke’ of the government and its tactics by the judge who found multiple violations of the law and ordered $415,000 to cover legal expenses.”
The annual award was established by the late Joseph L. Brechner, an Orlando broadcaster. Previous award winners include the AP, the San Francisco Chronicle, The Miami Herald, The Washington Post, the Columbia Journalism Review, The St. Petersburg Times, the Lakeland Ledger, The Dallas Morning News, the (South Florida) Sun-Sentinel and the Houston Chronicle.
This fall, Felipe DeAndrade will be traveling to Africa.
The 2012 telecommunication production graduate is the winner of the second annual WILD TO INSPIRE filmmaking competition. National Geographic WILD presents this award, in partnership with the Sun Valley Film Festival (SVFF) and the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF).
As the winner, DeAndrade’s wildlife adventure will be shared through a variety of media, including video diaries, photos, social media and more, as part of an online companion to Nat Geo WILD’s signature Sunday night nature series, “Destination Wild.”
Working with National Geographic and traveling to Africa have been two aspirations in his life.
“It was like my two biggest dreams wrapped up into a delicious slice of life pie,” he said.
While UF typically isn’t regarded as a film school, DeAndrade said the telecommunication production track gives you more than you need to go out and learn on your own.
“UF paved the way for more accomplishments because it was always my dream school, once I got into there and once I started my career path, it made me feel like I could do anything I want.”
Three piece of life advice from DeAndrade:
- Know what it is that you want, so many times it is hard for people to answer that question. Know what you want and how you are taking the steps to get those things. It’s ok to not have the answers and figure out who you are, but what’s not ok is to not be trying.
- Don’t be afraid to take chances. So many times people are their own worst enemies. They talk themselves out of things and list a hundred reasons why not to do something. We are naturally careful, it’s ok to be unsure and afraid, but you have to use that energy and turn it into a positive. It is a way that can push you instead of holding you back.
- Live passionately; don’t be afraid to do exactly what you want to do in life. What you’re supposed to be doing will find you. The things that you care about and feel like you’re making a difference in the world will get noticed. You will find a way to make a living out of it.
Associate Professor John Freeman will be guest hosting the international @echosight Instagram feed for the week of April 13-20.
The website, which has been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker and TIME magazines, showcases collaborative photographic images produced and edited on smartphones. It was begun in 2009 by UF photojournalism graduate Danny Ghitis in conjunction with a friend in London.
Photographers partner up, with one person sending photos to the other, and images are combined into dreamlike double-exposures using an app called Image Blender.
For the week, Freeman has paired up with CJC graduate Daron Dean, an adjunct and manager of photography at The St. Augustine Record. Their first collaboration is a blending of Dean’s shadow on a surfboard at St. Augustine Beach and Freeman’s image of Reitz Union construction. The Instagram @echosight feed has more than 12,000 followers worldwide.
Congratulations to Tim Sorel. The Broadcast Education Association’s Festival of Media Arts Competition committee awarded his foundation video for STOP Children’s Cancer an “Award of Excellence” in the faculty video competition. Tim has been volunteer producing for Stop Children’s Cancer for five years, helping the organization raise more than a million dollars to fund research in pediatric cancer. This is his third time winning an award in this national competition.
Additionally Tim will be leading a panel discussion between academics and industry professionals regarding the importance of students being able to troubleshoot equipment issues. Instead of tinkering and toying until they come up with a workable solution, many students seem willing to accept defeat and blame the equipment. During the discussion, industry professionals will highlight the importance of troubleshooting skills, while those in academia will discuss how we work with students to further develop their troubleshooting skills.
The University of Florida has announced the call for applications for the UF Academy and Advanced Leadership for Academics and Professionals. Both of these highly regarded leadership development programs will begin in the fall of 2015, running through May 2016. Applications are being accepted now through April 30, 2015.
If you are interested, please contact Spiro Kiousis.
Entering its 13th year, the UF Academy was created for emerging leaders at our university. Designed for both exempt staff employees (up to and including the director level) and faculty, the UF Academy prepares employees for higher-level responsibilities at the University of Florida. The program meets over the course of the year, with an average monthly time commitment ranging from 4 to 12 hours. There is no fee for this program.
Advanced Leadership for Academics and Professional
Developed in cooperation with UF’s Office of the Provost and Faculty Senate, the Advanced Leadership for Academics and Professionals program is intended for faculty and professionals in leadership positions as a way to support their ongoing development. Participants meet six times, for 1.5 to 2 days each—along with two shorter evening sessions—over the course of the academic year. The 2015-2016 schedule is available at http://hr.ufl.edu/learn-grow/leadership-development/advanced-leadership-for-academics-and-professionals/.
The program includes two tracks—one for academic leaders and the other for professionals (assistant director and above). Approximately 20 faculty and professionals (10 per track) are selected each year via a competitive application process. There is a $1,000 fee for this program. All materials—including a 360-degree evaluation pre- and post-program, facilitation fees and meals—are included, and no additional travel is necessary for those who work in Gainesville.
These programs represent an invaluable opportunity for professional development, including exposure to UF’s highest levels of administration. Given the array of challenges within a university environment, leadership development is increasingly essential as we provide our current and future leaders with the tools needed to support the institution. Please join us in encouraging appropriate leaders in your area to submit applications for the UF Academy or Advanced Leadership for Academics and Professionals programs.
To increase awareness about Fulbright programs, the UF International Center will celebrate Fulbright Days 2015 during the month of April in collaboration with UF Honors, UF Graduate School and the UF Fulbright Lectures Faculty.
Sponsored by the United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Fulbright Program provides funding for students, scholars, teachers, and professionals to undertake graduate study, advanced research, university teaching, and teaching in elementary and secondary schools.
Multiple information sessions are planned to learn about the application process and to listen to the experiences of past Fulbright scholars and students. Two Institute of International Education (IIE) representatives, Athena Fulay (Sr. Program Manager, U.S. Scholar Programs) and Lora Seery (Program Manager, U.S. Student Programs) will be on campus for Fulbright workshops and individual consultations.
Below is the calendar of events programmed for April:
1) Info Session for Advisors & Coordinators
Monday, April 20 from 1-2 p.m. at the UF International Center
2) Two General Fulbright sessions on U.S. Students Program
Tuesday, April 21
9:35 a.m. at UF International Center
12:55 p.m. at Infirmary Building (3rd floor)
3) Faculty Info Session (U.S. Scholar Program)
Thursday, April 23 1-3 p.m. at UF International Center
All events are free and open to the public. Fulbright grants and fellowships are available in all fields of study and in many world regions. For more information, visit: http://ufic.ufl.edu/Fulbright/index.html
Juan-Carlos Molleda has been tapped to manage an international study to produce comparative country-by-country analysis with the aims of promoting professionalism of strategic communication practitioners through the Spanish-Portuguese speaking Latin American world. In addition to Molleda, the research will be managed by Ángeles Moreno (Universidad Rey Juan Carlos-ES) with the participation of University Luterana do Brasil (BR), Univesrity of Medellín (CO), University of Sao Paulo (BR), Univesity of Pacifico (CH), Technological Institute of Monterrey (MX), National University of Córdoba (AR), St Martin de Porres University (PE), University of Panamá (PA), Technical Particular University of Loja (EC) and the support of the key professional associations.
The president of the Communication Directors Association (Dircom), Montserrat Tarrés, and Ángeles Moreno, on behalf of the European Public Relations Education and Research Association (EUPRERA), signed the agreement to promote and deliver the most extended study about public relations in Latin American: the Latin American Communication Monitor (LCM). The LCM is a cross-national research organized by EUPRERA, sponsored by FCC y conducted by academic from 11 prestigious universities in Spain, United States and Latin America, which aims is advance the knowledge in the field of strategic communication.
El Latin American Communication Monitor has precedent in the European Communication Monitor (ECM), the main annual study about strategic communication in the world with participation of more than 2.700 communication professionals from 42 countries, eight printed editions from 2007 y and a record of academic and professional dissemination. The Latin American Communication Monitor takes part of the Global Communication Monitor, an ambitious project that will encompass diverse world regions.
The study is organized by EUPRERA as an integral part of its aims of promoting and stimulating the knowledge transference between academy and profession. “As a result of the experienced gained from the prestigious ECM study, we can only corroborate that a scientific knowledge-based practice contributes to prestige and empower communication roles. The Latin American Communication Monitor will enable transference of knowledge to the profession through the Spanish-speaking world and with special attention to Brazil too. Building bridges between these two continents through their shared culture and language with Spain is an opportunity for generating synergies for a best global development of strategic communication in the world”, asserts Ángeles Moreno, executive director of EUPRERA and manager of the study.
The Communication Directors Association (Dircom), collaborates closely with the ECM in Spain and is an strategic partner for the research in Latin America. Its board will participate in the presentations of the results of the study in Spain and Latin America in June and July. The aim of Dircom is share knowledge and networking with Latin America, being an strategic partner of this study both in its promotion and dissemination. Montserrat Tarres, president says: “its means to strengthening the role of Dircom on international initiatives for the development of corporative communication”.
The results of the study will be published at the end of June and will show the situation of public relations and strategic communication in Latin America, benchmarking a economic field more and more vigorous and dynamic.