Knight Division Scholarship Applications become available this November

Published: October 30th, 2014

Visit  to learn more about the details!

If you need assistance with creating a strong scholarship application, the Knight Division is sponsoring several scholarship workshops this semester.   Come out and learn the tips and tricks to completing a thorough application that stands out from the crowd. These tips can be used for any scholarship application you complete now or in the future!

Tuesday, November 4, 3 p.m., Weimer 3032

Friday, November 14, 11 a.m., Weimer 3032

Wednesday, December 3, 1 p.m., Weimer 3032


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Cynthia Barnett to join College as a Visiting Professor, will teach Environmental Journalism in the Spring

Published: October 29th, 2014

Cynthia Barnett

Cynthia Barnett

Award-winning environmental journalist and author Cynthia Barnett will join the University of Florida for 2015 as a Hearst Visiting Professional, part of the College of Journalism and Communications’ commitment to help students gain and share critical understanding of the environmental challenges of our time, including water and climate change.

Barnett has covered water and climate worldwide, from epic drought in Australia to groundwater depletion in India. She will teach Environmental Journalism and other courses; work hands-on with students to cover environmental issues in Gainesville and globally; and team up across disciplines with UF faculty and students who are working to help improve public understanding of complex environmental issues.

“In a state defined by water and already feeling the impacts of climate change, we want to help our students tell these stories in ways that make a difference,” said Diane McFarlin, Dean of UF’s College of Journalism and Communications. “Geography gives the college a natural specialization in water and climate, and Cynthia can help us build it.”

Barnett’s books are known for engaging the public as they balance hard-hitting journalism with forward-thinking solutions. Mirage: Florida and the Vanishing Water of the Eastern U.S. won the gold medal for best nonfiction in the Florida Book Awards and was named by the Tampa Bay Times as one of the top 10 books that every Floridian should read. Blue Revolution: Unmaking America’s Water Crisis was named by The Boston Globe as one of the top 10 science books of 2011.

The Globe calls Barnett’s voice “part journalist, part mom, part historian, and part optimist.” Her latest book, Rain: A Natural and Cultural History, is due out in April from Crown/Random House. She describes it as “drawing new readers to climate change – a topic too many people don’t want to talk about – with the help of the weather, a topic everyone loves to talk about.”

A long-time newspaper and magazine reporter, Barnett is a CoJC alumna who also has a master’s in environmental history from UF and spent a year as a Knight-Wallace Fellow studying water at the University of Michigan. After working with the CoJC professors behind UF’s capstone water-reporting course and frank conference devoted to communications for the social good, she said, “I was so inspired by the direction of the college that I wanted to contribute in the classroom.”


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UF International Center seeks two marketing and communications interns

Published: October 29th, 2014

The University of Florida International Center (UFIC) seeks two dynamic, self-starters students to assist in marketing and communications efforts. This internship is an excellent opportunity to experience various aspects of marketing while working in an international and diverse environment.


  • Assist in creating, writing, searching for content, and managing weekly e-bulletin
  • Improve, update and maintain UFIC’s social media presence, including but not limited to Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube
  • Assist in creating, writing and managing the department’s calendar
  • Design flyers, graphics, and other marketing material for events hosted by UFIC
  • Draft, distribute and pitch news releases, media alerts and other stories when needed
  • Collaborate with staff on new ideas, directions, and settings for marketing and communications
  • Assist with clerical and office activities


  • An effective communicator, both written and oral
  • Firm grasp of available tools and platforms in the social media
  • Second year B.A. completed or working towards communications master degree, preferably in a related field (e.g., Social Media, Advertising, Marketing, Journalism or Public Relations)
  • Ability to communicate in a professional manner with press and community contacts
  • Self-motivated, good organizational skills, detail-oriented, ability to prioritize, multi-task and meet deadlines
  • Enthusiasm for the mission of the UF International Center
  • Proficiency in Adobe InDesign and Photoshop highly desired.
  • Previous internship or related experience in marketing, graphic design or communications is a plus

 Start Date:

Positions open until filled, requires 3 – 6 month commitment.


15 – 20 hours/week, preferably twice a week in the office. Most hours can be completed at home.


These are Unpaid/Volunteer internships

To Apply: Send cover letter, resume, writing sample, designs, etc. (min 5/max 10 pages) to

*Use of own laptop may be required occasionally.

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OMD is hiring an assistant strategist

Published: October 29th, 2014

a3cce849-335c-4d7a-b763-927176909244OMD, one of the largest and most innovative media communications specialists in the world, with more than 140 offices in 80 countries, is looking for an assistant strategist. The agency network is a unit of Omnicom Media Group Inc.


The following are the responsibilities and duties of the Assistant Strategist. This is not an all-inclusive list and will vary by account assignment. The Assistant Strategist is the entry-level position within the Strategy group. The Assistant Strategist’s main role is to work closely with Strategists in developing and maintaining media plans while absorbing as much media knowledge as possible. He/she is responsible for the day-to-day maintenance of the account which includes some of the following:

Position Responsibilities:

  • Gather data to support the media recommendation
  • Utilize a variety of both industry and proprietary research tools
  • Prepare purchase authorizations, coordinating input from the Investment group, the client media team, account team, and media sales teams
  • Assist in the execution of the media plan
  • Participate in brainstorming sessions
  • Update client media activity flowcharts
  • Assist with tracking media expenditures to ensure agency and client budget compliance
  • Collect data and assist in writing competitive reports

Position Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university
  • Interest in the principles of advertising, marketing and media
  • Ability to work as part of a team
  • Exhibit proficiency with computer programs, but specifically Excel
  • Strong written and verbal communication
  • Ability to effectively and comfortably communicate and interact with clients and vendors
  • Ability to follow-through on tasks and be detail-oriented 

To apply, please visit careers page by going to

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USA TODAY College seeking student visual journalists

Published: October 29th, 2014


USA TODAY College currently brings on 10-15 collegiate correspondents each semester who research, pitch and write stories.

In August 2014, we added five visual correspondents to the program. These students collaborated with writers to produce weekly content, such as graphics, cartoons, video, photo stories and more. In addition, they also created their own stand-alone content. For spring 2015, the paper is looking to take on 7-10 students to grow the program.

For more information about the program click here.

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Internships at the Chicago Tribune

Published: October 29th, 2014

Unknown-6The Chicago Tribune newsroom is seeking interns for both year-round openings and for a highly competitive summer internship program for 2015. Candidates can be juniors, seniors and graduate students. The internships are 12 weeks, paid, and can be in metro, sports, business, graphics, copy editing, design, photo/video, entertainment, events, social media and lifestyle.

Interested candidates should forward their resume and area of interest to Andrea Hanis, Editor, at


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UF IFAS Extension Hiring a Recruitment Coordinator

Published: October 29th, 2014

Unknown-5The Family Nutrition Program (FNP) is the Florida nutrition education component of the federal SNAP program.  It helps SNAP recipients and SNAP-eligible families to eat healthier on a limited budget. The Recruitment Coordinator will be responsible for developing an overall recruitment strategy with the goal of maximizing agency and individual participation in SNAP-Ed educational programs. This position will lead a Communications team that includes a graphic designer, social media specialist, web designer, and IT support to create an overall program presence for FNP in Florida.

Essential Functions

  • 20% Responsible for creating, implementing and measuring the success of a comprehensive recruiting, communications and public relations program that will enhance SNAP-Ed’s image and position with participants, stakeholders, and the general public, and facilitate internal and external communications; and, all SNAP-Ed recruitment, communications and public relations activities and materials including publications and media relations.
  • 35% Responsible for editorial direction, design, production and distribution of all Organization publications. Coordinate the appearance of all Organization print and electronic materials such as letterhead, use of logo, brochures, etc.  Ensure compliance with all UF/IFAS Extension branding guidelines. In conjunction with PI, Program Coordinators, and local faculty and staff, develop materials needed to effectively recruit partner agencies and program participants, as well as educate local stakeholders on the availability and effectiveness of SNAP-Ed.  Materials may include social media sites, internal and external websites, brochures, fact sheets, posters, nutrition education reinforcement items, and educational displays. 
  • 15% Negotiate contracts and maintain relationships with vendors to manage nutrition education reinforcement materials and other print publications. Consult with vendors and program staff on design and development of materials and reinforcement materials.
  • 10% Formulate and coordinate recruitment activities and educational events to promote SNAP-Ed programming.
  • 15% Direct the hiring, training, and performance evaluations of the communications teams and oversee their daily activities.  Staff include graphic designer, social media specialist, and web designer/IT support.
  • 5% Other duties as assigned by PI and Program Coordinators.


This position will be supervised by the State Nutrition Education Coordinator.  Written and verbal instructions will be provided, as well as ongoing training and development opportunities.  This position will supervise three other positions:  a contracted graphic designer, IT/Web Designer and Program Assistant.

Normal Work Schedule

Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Due to the nature of this position, some early or late travel may be required. In addition, some overnight travel may be required.

Minimum Qualifications

Master’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization; or a bachelor’s degree in an appropriate area of specialization and two years of appropriate experience.

Preferred Qualifications

Degree in journalism, marketing, advertising or public relations required. Demonstrated skills, knowledge and experience in the design and execution of marketing, recruiting, communications and public relations activities. Strong creative, strategic, analytical, organizational and personal sales skills. Experience developing and managing budgets, and hiring, training, developing, supervising and appraising personnel. Demonstrated successful experience writing press releases, making presentations and negotiating with media. Experience overseeing the design and production of print materials and publications. Computer literacy in word processing, data base management and page layout. Commitment to working with shared leadership and in cross-functional teams. Strong oral and written communications skills. Ability to manage multiple projects at a time.


$50,000 to $55,000

Application Instructions

To apply, visit and search for Requisition #0906904.  Or navigate directly to  Posting closes 11/4/2014.

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UF Levin College of Law is seeking an experienced web developer

Published: October 23rd, 2014

Unknown-3The University of Florida Levin College of Law is seeking an experienced
web developer to manage the school’s extensive website as part of a
cohesive, award-winning Communications team. The webmaster will work with
team members and manage part-time web editors to coordinate, create and
code secure web pages and their content. The webmaster also serves as a
technical resource to the school for projects related to a variety of
online, digital and technical communications. The webmaster will also
serve as a creative force in the presentation and marketing of law school
events, programs and personalities to internal and external audiences.

Required: Master’s degree, or bachelor’s degree and two years of
experience in website development/management and digital communications.

Candidates must have demonstrated experience and expertise in web design
and security protocols, project and personnel management, and
problem-solving and prevention, and must be proactive, organized,
accurate, reliable, customer service-oriented and able to work well as an
integral part of a goal-oriented team.

Mastery of HTML, CSS, and image editing software is absolutely essential;
experience with WordPress, PHP and JavaScript is highly desired. The
position requires expert written and oral command of the English language
and the ability to competently edit content for the web.

The ideal candidate will have strong communications and marketing skills
in addition to technical expertise, and a J.D. and/or marketing, public
relations, journalism and design experience is considered a plus.

This is a permanent, full-time, salaried position. Salary range is
$55,000 – $61,000, commensurate with experience and qualifications, and
includes a superb state benefits package.

How to Apply: Apply on the UF Jobs Site at ,
requisition number 0906892Include your resume, a cover letter, and
previous examples of work or a portfolio website. The position will
remain open until filled.

Contact Senior Communications Director Debra Amirin at
for more information.

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We’re Building an Agency: Construction Begins at 1000 Weimer

Published: October 23rd, 2014


Construction of the new office space for The Agency began last week with a ceremonial demolition event.

On hand were Dean Diane McFarland, Assistant Executive Dean Dr. Spiro Kiousis, Advertising Chair Dr. Tom Kelleher, PR Chair Dr. Juan-Carlos Molleda, The Agency Executive Director Andy Hopson and several students including Assistant to the Executive Director Ryan Baum and Advisors, Ana Gomez, Angelica Marino, Katy Whitehurst and Dena Manos.


“We’ve made significant progress in the past few months,” said Hopson.  “Jobs will be posted soon and we’ll be conducting interviews in early November.”

The Agency, an integrated advertising and PR firm which is slated to launch early in the Spring 2015 semester, will be led by professionals and staffed by students, offering an immersive learning opportunity working with major clients in a real work environment.

Available positions will be posted soon.

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Buffalo News internship opportunities for summer 2015

Published: October 23rd, 2014

Unknown-2The Buffalo News is offering paid 10-week summer internships in reporting, editing and photography.

Interns at The News immediately step into key newsroom roles and gain valuable real-world work experience — in print and online — in the largest newsroom in upstate New York. If you’re interested, it’s not too late — though the Dec. 1 application deadline is fast approaching.

Send a cover letter, resume and clips/portfolio to Emily Kelley, Executive Assistant to the Editor, or The Buffalo News, PO Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240. 

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