Cool Fall Elective Open to All Majors

Published: June 20th, 2016

Health Media Innovations, JOU 4930, is a course in the fall that focuses on health and fitness news reporting through the Student Body Magazine website. The class offers real experience in digital publishing as students work in a newsroom structure to produce stories, video and multimedia for a live website, Every student will produce multimedia or interactive pieces. There is also opportunity for students who specialize in visual journalism to produce digital projects. Public relations and advertising majors have also produce great projects, especially when managing the sites social media brands. Students will also learn best practices for aggregating stories, copyright issues and will have story portfolios by the end of class. If you have questions, contact course instructor Tom Burton at

Category: General news

Active Voice “Free Speech Service Project” Fellowship

Published: June 14th, 2016

The Student Press Law Center is a nonprofit advocate for the rights of high school and college journalists. In addition to our online educational materials, we present workshops and training at student media conventions throughout the year and run a free legal hotline.

The SPLC has launched a new initiative called Active Voice and a component of this is a fellowship program.

Our ideal fellow is a college undergraduate studying a communications related field and interested in pursuing it as a career. Over the course of the academic year, a fellow will design and implement what we’re calling a “free speech service project” in their community aimed primarily at supporting female high school journalists and getting them to speak up about substantive journalistic topics that are important to them and their peers.

You might be wondering, “why focus on young women high school student journalists?” Late last year, we partnered with researchers at the University of Kansas and surveyed attendees of scholastic journalism conventions across North Carolina. You can read more about the numbers at this link, but the summary is that twice as many young women reported being censored overtly or censored themselves in anticipation of a negative reaction by their school, as compared to the male respondents. In the end, what happens when schools censor student journalism is that they’re not just stopping readers from learning new ideas: they’re stopping inquisitive young people, especially young women, from realizing their potential both in the newsroom and as leaders.

This is a paid fellowship opportunity with a $6,000 stipend ($3,000 each semester). Fellows will also have another $1,000 in an expense account at the SPLC to carry out their project. There are educational and professional development opportunities, with a pre-fellowship training in Chicago and a post-fellowship presentation at an academic conference in April hosted by the Kopenhaver Center for the Advancement of Women in Communication. Fellows will also be assigned one or two mentors (accomplished women from the fields of journalism, law, philanthropy and more) throughout the project.

Deadline: June 20th

Application materials and instructions:



The Balanced Man Scholarship

Published: June 7th, 2016

Are you an individual who continuously seeks to become a better student, better leader and a better man?

Sigma Phi Epsilon will be awarding $1,000 to THREE of these driven men through The Balanced Man Scholarship, an award built around promoting the pursuit of excellence through the achievement of Sound Mind and Sound Body.

To enter, take 15 minutes to fill out the online application at

by September 18th. There’s no obligation to join or affiliate with SigEp to be eligible.

Who Should Apply?

  • Any man who …
  • Has 3.2 GPA or higher
  • Is enrolled as a full-time student at The University of Florida during Fall 2016
  • Embodies the principles of Sound Mind and Sound Body
  • Seeks to be recognized for his virtue and diligence

Contact the Scholarship Chairman, Ryan Decker, at (973)-647-5569 or with any questions or concerns.

Category: Scholarships

The Servant Leader Series

Published: June 7th, 2016

IA Serve’s biggest event of the year is coming up! The Servant Leader Series is open to all students!

The Servant Leader Series is a four part-leadership development and service-learning experience designed by Innovation Academy students. Participants will have the opportunity to learn how to orient their time at UF and their career towards the service of others through experientially exploring the topics of servant leadership, service-learning, social entrepreneurship, and coalition building with UF faculty, staff, and peer-leaders, as well as activists in the Gainesville community. All events will take place on campus. The first event has offsite volunteer work but carpools are being setup.

Sign up soon! The first event is June 11th!




Category: General news

Call for Blog Submissions for Center for Leadership and Service!

Published: May 23rd, 2016

cls blog

Category: General news

The Florida Society of Professional Journalists Scholarship

Published: May 23rd, 2016

The Florida Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) chapter has a $2500 scholarship it awards.  It’s intended for students majoring in journalism (SPJ says that also includes telecom, as in news) and they have to be a student in Fall of 2016 to be eligible.

For more details and a copy of the application, please visit-

Deadline: June 1st

Category: Scholarships

Action SG Summer Positions Available!

Published: May 10th, 2016

Action SG, which is marketing, public relations, and project management arm of the Student Government executive branch, currently have positions open that deal with Design (Photography, Videography, and Graphic Design), Outreach (Social Media, Event Management), and Campus Affairs (Operations.)

Action SG Summer Staff

Florida Outdoor Writers Association Scholarships

Published: May 10th, 2016

Each year, the Florida Outdoor Writers awards one to two scholarships of $1000 to college students as a way to encourage them to consider careers in writing, photography or video media related to the outdoors.

Florida Sea Grant is a corporate member of the Florida Outdoor Writers Association, and I serve as the chair of the organization’s scholarship committee.

Please send this announcement to students you think may be candidates for the award. Preference is given to journalism and communications majors, but in recent years, a number of winners have come from science majors as well. You can read about them at

Note the deadline for this year’s competition is May 17, 2016. Applicants need to submit:

  • the completed cover sheet;
  • an essay of between 500-1000 words;
  • a resume; and
  • a letter of endorsement from a faculty adviser.

Full details are included here: 2016 Fowa Scholarship_print

Category: Scholarships

Opportunity for Students with GladezGazette!

Published: May 4th, 2016

GladezGazette is a new online newspaper that is currently under construction.  They are seeking journalism students that have an interest in being a part of a new online newspaper from the ground up!
Some background:
Gladez Gazette started off as a children’s project (the creator is achildren’s author, Google ‘The Jolly Shop’ as reference if you like) has taken on a life of its own. While writing a children’s adventure she realized that the habitat loss in the Everglades is so dire and on such a large scale that it will not all fit into a children’s book. With that she created where our youths can get involved and STAY engaged by posting their experiences in the Everglades (via field trips, etc) or any research they have done, as well as photos and videos they may have taken. From that idea it has only blossomed further getting journalism majors might involved as well. The more people involved the greater impact they can have in turning this crisis around and helping restore the Everglades.
The author has built an alliance with some of the Miccosukee tribesman that have been very welcoming and hospitable as they appreciate my concern with this, offering field trips to take journalists, educators, and authors and educate us on the dire straights that this beautiful ecosystem is in. If you are a student that may be interested in doing a piece on this and having your story published in , this might be a great opportunity. Several boat tour companies have offered to take groups out this month, so please contact Sabin Johnson as soon as possible if you are interested.
Sabin Johnson, author, creator of GladezGazette

Category: Internships

Florida Outdoor Writers Association (FOWA) Scholarship

Published: May 4th, 2016

2016 Florida Outdoor Writers Association (FOWA) Scholarship is available for the students of Florida colleges and universities who are enrolled in journalism and communications majors.

The Scholarship Deadline is May 17, 2016.

Click the link for more details and to apply:

Category: Scholarships