Dean’s Message: Welcome to the College of Journalism and Communications

Published: August 24th, 2014

Dear Students:

Dean Diane McFarlin

Dean Diane McFarlin

Welcome to the 2014-2015 academic year!

This will be a milestone year for CJC, thanks to an impressive array of new programs.

The most ambitious among them is launch of The Agency, our new integrated communication agency that will provide Advertising and Public Relations students with the same level of professional experiences that our Journalism and Telecommunication students get in the Innovation News Center. Executive Director Andy Hopson is onboard to oversee remodeling of what used to be the Student Services space off the atrium. He is working with agency leaders across the country, as well as faculty and students, to develop a business plan that will make this endeavor groundbreaking. We hope to cut the ribbon in January. Stay tuned for more information as progress is made.

PATH (Professional Advising and Teaching Hub) is now open for business. We have four full-time academic advisers onboard to help you fully capitalize on your time at Weimer.

We are rolling out a redesigned curriculum that heightens the emphasis on digital communications, reinforces the fundamentals of storytelling through words and images, and adds a new program in data journalism.

Seven new full-time faculty members have joined us, and our bench of adjunct professors includes front-line professionals and retired AP reporter Terry Anderson. Anderson, who will be teaching a course in international journalism, became a household name when he was held hostage in the Middle East for nearly seven years during the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.

Two new programs, The Innovators Series and Science Journalists in Residence, will bring industry luminaries to Weimer, starting with Storyful founder Mark Little next month.

I hope you will help make college history by participating in as many of these initiatives as you can manage. At CJC, your education occurs both inside and outside the classroom.

Go Gators!

Dean McFarlin

Buchholz High School looking for a volleyball game day announcer

Published: August 28th, 2014

UnknownBuchholz High School is looking for a student volunteer to be the announcer for the Lady Bobcat volleyball team at all of its home matches.

Job responsibilities would include:

  • BHS team introduction
  • Pre-game team/coach/referee introduction
  • National Anthem
  • Play by Play announcing
  • Time out music selection and special announcements.

This person would need to announce all Varsity home matches, which are approximately two hours per match.


If interested, you should contact Eric Hellkamp by phone at 352-494-6454 or by email at

Fracture is looking for an intern

Published: August 28th, 2014

fractureLogoFracture is looking for an intern.

But not just any intern. An intern with taste.
Not just any taste. A taste for photography.

Photos are a huge part of the what, why and how of our company. And we would love to work with an intern who know how work a DSLR and understand photography concepts and processes.

We’d love to have an intern passionate about:

  • Art
  • Photography
  • Social Media
  • Connecting with Artists and Photographers
  • Teaching Photography Concepts

This person would assist in our content strategy to provide great photo advice to our online audiences.

If this sounds like an interesting adventure, let us know!

Great candidates are:

  • Photo savvy – familiar with DSLR, Lighting, Smartphone-ography, photo editing, photog-centric social networks.
  • Internet savvy – familiar with WordPress, Google, social media platforms etc, particularly art-centric social networks.
  • Strong with Excel – we create a lot of reports and that means using Excel, Google spreadsheets and other tools to analyze data.  
  • Organized – to be effective today in any office, you need to have organizational skills and understand how to prioritize your time.  We can teach you very advanced time management skills – we have built a culture of personal time management, but you need to come in organized or you will wash out and waste everyone’s time.
  • High Character – our team here is small and very much like a family.  We support each other, respect each other and most important TRUST each other.  No gossip, no back biting and above all, the golden rule applies here – it’s the only way to survive in a busy and sometimes stressful workplace.
  • Good writers – not a programmer but feel that writing is your strength?  GOOD!  We need people that can write fast and effectively.

If you’re interested, contact Herb Jones via email.

The Alligator to host open house Friday

Published: August 28th, 2014

250px-Independent_Florida_Alligator_logoThe Alligator is hosting its Fall open house this Friday, Aug. 29 at 1105 W. University Avenue from 3 – 5 p.m. We’re looking for contributing writers for university, metro, sports and Avenue entertainment sections, as well as copy editors, photographers, videographers, columnists and cartoonists, as well as a production assistant. Please bring your resume and a portfolio with clips of your work, if you have them. No formal attire is required — dress casually. See you there!

The Fine Print is looking for students

Published: August 27th, 2014

fplogobigThe Fine Print, a quarterly student-run publication focusing on in-depth community stories, is looking for writers, photographers and layout designers for the coming year. If you’d like to get involved, the magazine is holding its first general meeting Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. in Matherly 103.
For more information you can contact: Samantha Schuyler



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WKMG is hiring a traffic anchor/reporter

Published: August 26th, 2014

Unknown-4WKMG, in Orlando, is looking to hire a traffic anchor/reporter to report local traffic information for live television newscast.


  • Knowledge of local traffic pattern and major highways.
  • Work with news report and features.
  • Evaluate/analyze leads and tips to develop story ideas.
  • Cultivate and maintain credible news sources.
  • Writes record and creates graphics for traffic reports.
  • Responsible for monitoring traffics conditions for daily newscast.
  • Follow up on previous reported stories for updates
  • Follow up on previous reported stories for updates
  • Develop original, imaginative and creative ways to tell/show daily news traffic reports
  • Coordinate news coverage activities with producers, photographers, editors, news management.
  • Meet daily deadlines in fast paced environment.
  • Discretion, maturity and composure, especially under pressure.
  • Adapt quickly to changing priorities and breaking news.
  • Ability to work flexible hours including nights, weekends, holidays and irregular hours on a moment notice.
  • Possess and maintain a valid driver’s license with a driving record acceptable to the company.
  • Reports to News Director
  • Degree in Journalism preferred.
  • Demonstrable experience and talent as a TV reporter.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong news ethics, judgment and professionalism.
  • Maintain professional contact and discretion with community leaders, news sources and the public.
  • Ability to work independently in fast paced environment with daily deadlines and changing priorities.
  • Team player
  • Scheduling flexibility, especially for breaking news.
  • Must be able to travel and fly to various locations in an airplane or helicopter.
To apply: Send resume and tape to:
News Director
4466 N. John Young Pkwy
Orlando, FL 32804
FAX: 407-298-2122

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Internship Opportunity at WellFlorida

Published: August 26th, 2014

Unknown-3Gain professional experience at WellFlorida Council, a regional nonprofit dedicated to building healthy communities in Florida. WellFlorida is located near the Oaks Mall in Gainesville.
Students in public relations, journalism or marketing are able to apply. This is a part-time position, roughly 12 hours per week, and is available as Federal College Work Study or as an internship.
Job responsibilities typically include:
  • Researching and updating the organization’s media list and marketing database
  • Proofreading newsletters and other materials
  • Writing press releases, articles and media advisories
  • Assisting with content for websites, blogs and social media for nonprofits
  • Researching communications strategies
If interested, send a resume and email to:  Jill Dygert at

Mobile Media and Apps

Published: August 25th, 2014

image001Mobile Media and Apps, RTV 4930 Section 094G, is an online course open to students this fall. There are no pre-requisites to take this class.

Students who finish the Mobile Media and App Development course should be able to:

  • Use mobile phones for shooting, editing and reporting
  • Understand how mobile phones are transforming the media business
  • Have working knowledge of MIT App Inventor
  • Produce simple apps for Android platform
  • Understand mobile business and business models,
  • Be beginning entrepreneurs in mobile industry


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CJC Study Abroad program for 2015: Italy

Published: August 25th, 2014


UF’s largest study abroad program, the College of Journalism and Communications Summer Study Abroad, will spend the month of May in beautiful Italy in 2015.

Students can take classes in all four majors, advertising, public relations, journalism and telecommunication. In addition, students will have the opportunity to visit the following cities: Florence (your home city), Rome, Sienna, Capri, and Sorrento. Cinque Terre, Pisa, Naples and other beautiful Italian cities are close and easily accessed. Students will live in Florence apartments throughout this beautiful city. Classrooms are within easy walking distance. Cultural activities will include a cooking class, tours of Italian wineries, a lecture on Italian media, and more. The program is open to all majors at UF.

If you are interested in getting information about the program, please provide some brief information here:

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WSVN is hiring for multiple positions

Published: August 25th, 2014

Unknown-2WSVN News, in Miami, Fla. has openings in a few different positions.

The positions include:

  • Writer
  • Creative services director
  • Maintenance tech-news
  • News photographer
  • Post-production editor

For more information look at WSVN News opportunities.

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Stay in touch with MyCJC through social media

Published: August 25th, 2014

Screen Shot 2014-08-25 at 11.53.20 AMMyCJC is just one of the ways to stay updated with the College.

Don’t forget to follow our social media accounts throughout the year to stay in touch with us.

Twitter (@MyCJC) – news/info for current students

Twitter (@UFJSchool) – general college news/info

Instagram (@UFJSchool)




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