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CJC AEJMC Reception inviteThe University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications will be hosting a reception at the upcoming AEJMC Conference in Chicago. Should you be attending the conference, please consider joining us for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres. Go Gators!

Date: Friday, August 11, 2017

Time: 9:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Location: Michael Jordan Steakhouse, located at 505 N. Michigan Avenue.

Fall 2017 GSMCA Welcome Picnic

Welcome back! As everyone settles into their semester, we invite you to take a break and have some fun at our annual fall picnic Saturday, Sept. 16 from Noon to 2 p.m. at the Cypress Lodge at Lake Wauburg. Hamburgers, hot dogs and beverages will be provided; please bring a side dish and contribute to our delicious spread!


If you are unfamiliar with Lake Wauburg, it is a UF-owned recreation area about 10 miles south of Gainesville on U.S. 441. Buses run to the lake, and we will be organizing a car pool for those of you who don’t have transportation. If you plan on driving yourself, you can find directions here. The lake has a ton of fun activities, including volleyball and kayaking, that are free with your Gator 1 Card.

While not necessary, we do ask that if you plan to attend you consider RSVPing by clicking here. We hope to see you there! Go Gators!


Rich Shumate, Minch Minchin and Aqsa Bashir awarded for top papers.
Rich Shumate, Minch Minchin and Aqsa Bashir awarded for top papers.

CJC graduate students took home top paper awards in three divisions at the 99th annual AEJMC National Conference, held in Minneapolis Aug. 4-7.

In the History Division, Rich Shumate won for “Framing Barry Goldwater: The Extreme Reaction to His 1964 ‘Extremist’ Speech.” In the Minorities and Communication Division, Aqsa Bashir won for “Obsession Over the White: The Effects of Fairness Cream Commercials on Pakistani-American Women,” which was based on her UF master’s thesis.

In the Law and Policy Division, the top paper went to co-authors Minch Minchin, Keran Billaud, Kevin Bruckenstein and Tershone Phillips for “Indecency Four Years After Fox Television Stations: From Big Papi to a Port Star, an Egregious Mess at the FCC Continues.”

UF also took home two second-place awards: Sarah Papadelias in the Law and Policy Division for “A ‘Net’ Gain for Society? Examining the Legal Challenge to the FCC’s Het Neutrality Order” and Rich Shumate in the Graduate Student Research Interest Group for “Guilt by Association: Barry Goldwater, the Anti-Communist Fringe and CBS’s Thunder on the Right.”

In all, 26 UF students authored papers and posters that were presented during the conference.


jschoolThe UF College of Journalism and Communications will welcome new doctoral and master’s students during fall orientation on Thursday, Aug. 18 in Weimer Hall.

The day’s events will kick off at 8:15 a.m. with a meet-and-greet for new and returning students and faculty in the second floor lobby.

The sessions begin will welcoming remarks from Dean Diane McFarlin and the associate deans, as well as department chairs and attending faculty.

New students will also meet our can’t-do-this-without-them graduate staff and get an introduction to the college’s technology. Sessions on academic honesty and library resources will round out the program.

Representatives of the Graduate Students in Mass Communication Association will also be on hand to share their perspectives and lessons learned from life as a graduate student.