WFTX-TV News hiring video journalist

Published: April 18th, 2014

WFTX-TV 71uZnJolyYL._SL500_AA300_News in Fort Myers is hiring a video journalist with excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational and delivery skills, strong news judgment,  and strong writing skills that includes copy for on-air and internet.

The ideal candidate would have a Bachelor’s degree in broadcast journalism or communications and a minimum of one year experience as a video journalist.

No calls, please.
Send material to:
Eric Maze, News Director
621 S.W. Pine Island Rd.
Cape Coral, FL 33991

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Florida Alternative Breaks seeking an events chair

Published: April 18th, 2014

135201412810422The Florida Alternative Breaks Events Chair can combine creativity and logic to put on events.

The chair will be in charge of quintessential FAB events such as orientation and reorientation, which help guide participants in their journey to active citizenship, and FAB fest, an end-of-the-year celebration of FAB’s accomplishments and a chance to engage with non-profits in Gainesville. Everything from planning the tiny details, working with a budget, marketing the event, writing press releases, and working with community members will be in the chair’s control.
Past experience with FAB preferred.
Applications are due Wednesday, April 23, 2014. Email if you have any questions. You can find the application here:

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Digital publication GainesvilleScene looking for writers

Published: April 18th, 2014

GainesvilleScene, a digital publication that caters directly to the collegiate and young professional audience, is looking for writers. Writers can write about anything they want in the Gainesville area and college culture.

GainesvilleScene will provide a steady stream of relevant content that includes, but is not limited to:

  • restaurant reviews
  • music and nightlife
  • tech and startups
  • college life and culture
  • movie, television, and art reviews
  • campus and local event coverage
  • opinion pieces
  • politics and world news

If you think you fit the bill, please send two writing samples and a one-paragraph answer to “What is Gainesville?” to with the subject “GainesvilleScene.”

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Internship opportunity at WellFlorida Council

Published: April 18th, 2014

imgres-2Gain 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 encouraged 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, please send a resume and email to Jill Dygert at

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Student-run ChomPics Productions hosting premiere event

Published: April 16th, 2014

imgres-1ChomPics Productions, a student-run, non-profit video production organization that writes, markets and produces original video series is having a premiere event on campus April 19 at 7:00 p.m. in the Reitz Union Auditorium.

The organization operates under the umbrella of UF’s chapter of the National Broadcasting Society and plans to produce a five episode mini-series in the style of broadcast television each year. This year’s production, “Off University” will air on April 19.

On the organization’s YouTube page, there are two episodes available along with cast interviews and promotional videos. Episodes three to five will be shown at the event.

Meg Wagner, JOU 2013, blogs about her first layoff at age 22

Published: April 16th, 2014

10173303_10203438767672790_769185071_nMeg Wagner, JOU 2013, blogged about her experience being laid off from Digital First Media’s Project Thunderdome. Wagner, who joins the staff of the New York Daily News on Monday, wrote that losing her first full-time job after four months was challenging but a lesson about the journalism industry.

In the blog, which was quoted by Poynter on Tuesday, she wrote: “I work in journalism. I will probably face this again. And now I know that it’s not the end of the world. Being laid off has taught me that nothing lasts forever and that’s OK. I’m not going to avoid new things for fear they may not work.”

Read the rest of Wagner’s blog here.

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Pensacola-based WEAR-TV hiring Master Control Supervisor

Published: April 16th, 2014

wear_abc3_pensacolaWEAR-TV is hiring a full-time Master Control Supervisor. This person would assume the following duties:

  • Supervise Master Control Operators
  • Insuring the overall technical and operational success of the stations programming
  • Working with the News, Traffic, Programming, and Sales departments to resolve any issues that might affect Master Control Operations
  • Scheduling Master Control Operator shifts to ensure coverage
  • Verifying that all content is available and ready to air, maintaining required logs, and upholding station standards and FCC compliance by monitoring the station’s technical performance. 
  • The Master Control Supervisor is also responsible for the technical competence of the Master Control Operators and will be expected to facilitate ongoing training in order to maintain high standards.

Required experience:

  • Experience in television master control operations including air switching live programs.
  • You must also have experience with computer automation systems, television satellite systems, VTRs, server based ingest and playback systems, Microsoft office products, and file based ingest and playback servers.
  • Knowledge of computers and an aptitude for operating electronic equipment is preferred. 
  • This position requires 24 hour on-call status and various operating shifts including weekends and holidays.

To apply, click here

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Students welcome at Dean’s “State of the College” address on Thursday, April 24 at 10:30 a.m.

Published: April 16th, 2014

Please make plans to attend Dean Diane McFarlin’s “State of the College” address on Thursday, April 24, at 10:30 a.m. in Gannett Auditorium.  Students are welcome to attend.

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UF Bateman team makes national finals

Published: April 15th, 2014

Congratulations to the UF Bateman team for being named a national finalist in this year’s competition sponsored by the Public Relations Student Society of America! Team members include public relations graduating seniors Jessica Sheldon, Joshua Minchin, Gillian Stoney, Sophia Lee and Nicole Vassallo.

The finals will be held in Atlanta in May. Finalists include UF; California State University, Long Beach; and Loyola University New Orleans.  Public Relations Lecturer Deanna Pelfrey serves as the faculty adviser and Craig Dezern, Vice President Global Communication for the Walt Disney Corporation, served as the professional adviser.

PRSSA received 75 entries for this year’s competition. Of these submissions, 15 entries received honorable mention and three were chosen as finalists to present their campaigns in person to Fiserv, Inc., a globalprovider of financial services technology solutions. Fiserv challenged Bateman teams to grow awareness and usage of a service that facilitates digital person-to-person payments. The Popmoney® personal payment service from Fiserv allows users to securely send, request and receive money from their existing bank account using just an email address or mobile number. 

Well done, UF Bateman!

Brechner Center Presents 28th Annual Brechner Award

Published: April 14th, 2014

Sandra Chance, Lenore Devore, Ralph Lowenstein and Lyle McBride.

Sandra Chance, Lenore Devore, Ralph Lowenstein and Lyle McBride.

The Ledger (Lakeland) has been named the winner of the 28th Annual Joseph L. Brechner Freedom of Information Award for its investigative series.  The award-winning series highlights the difficulties reporters and citizens face when they try to exercise their fundamental constitutional right to access government information.

Ralph Lowenstein, Dean Emeriti of the University of Florida’s College of Journalism and Communications, presented the $3,000 prize to The Ledger’s Editor, Lenore Devore and Investigative Reporting Team Editor Lyle McBride at the Florida Free Speech Forum’s annual Buddy Davis award luncheon today.

“The series exposed blatant violations of the law, and forced a number of local agencies and officials to change their procedures to comply with the law,” Sandra F. Chance, executive director of the Brechner Center for Freedom of Information, said.

Devore, a UF alumna, said it was particularly meaningful to return to Gainesville for the special event and accept the award.

“Our staff has done an amazing job holding our government officials accountable,” she said. “We all believe in journalism and the first amendment…I just could not be more proud.”

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 Dallas Morning News, the (South Florida) Sun-Sentinel and the Houston Chronicle. 

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