Ph.D. student Steve Waters featured in Journalism Research News


3rd-Year Ph.D. student Steve Waters was highlighted in Journalism Research News for his article, “The Effects of Mass Surveillance on Journalists’ Relations With Confidential Sources” which was recently published in Digital Journalism. Waters’ study interviewed national security journalists to better understand the measures they take to ensure privacy from real or perceived government surveillance.


Hurricane Preparedness 101

be-Hurricane-PreparedWith Hurricane Irma projected to reach the United States this coming weekend, now is the time to either get informed, or at the least be reminded, of the best ways to be prepared and stay safe during a hurricane.

The City of Gainesville provides a Hurricane Planning resource for best methods of action before, during, and after a hurricane. Additionally, the University of Florida provides a more tailored Hurricane Survival Guide to help members of the Gator Community know how best to prepare.

Local gas prices can be tracked through GasBuddy. Our current graduate students suggest less frequented retailers such as Harbor Freight Tools and Tractor Supply Co. as they carry basic hurricane preparedness supplies and may have shorter lines and greater selection than larger chains such as Walmart, Winn Dixie, etc. Also, per one of our great networked PR grads, word is from the regional distribution center that Publix and Target’s last supply shipments will arrive this Thursday; after that point, resources will be significantly harder to find until after the hurricane.

Lastly, make sure you stay up-to-date with weather tracking either through the UF Weather Center, the National Hurricane Center, or the National Weather Channel.

For any questions or concerns you may have this week, please feel more than welcome to reach out to either GSMCA officers or the college’s Division of Graduate Studies.

GSMCA invites you to Think Tankard!

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CJC faculty, staff, and graduate students are invited, and encouraged, to partake in the college’s first Think Tankard social of the Fall semester on Friday, September 8th, at the Boxcar Wine & Beer Garden located at Deport Park!

For those who are new to the college, or didn’t make it out to one of the Spring socials, the Think Tankards are GSMCA organized events for grad students, faculty, and staff to take a break from the fast-paced world of Weimer Hall and have some fun through drinks and conversation. They are great opportunities for getting to know your classmates and colleagues better, meeting members of the CJC you don’t normally work with, and networking with administrators, scholars, and practitioners. Inspired by Dr. Sri Kalyanaraman, the purpose of the Think Tankards are to facilitate an environment beyond the normal co-worker or classmate perception through developing an array of meaningful relationships that make the CJC more of a family than just a workplace. Thus, beyond just members of the CJC, all friends, partners, spouses, kids, and pets are more than welcome!

To help project a head count, we ask that you consider RSVPing ahead of time (Click Here), but it is not required. Please invite and encourage colleagues, classmates, and friends to join us for drinks and fun conversation! We look forward to seeing you on September 8th!

CJC Grad Students shine at AEJMC 2017!

AEJMC_Chicago_LogoUF graduate students took home paper awards in four divisions at the 100th annual AEJMC National Conference, held in Chicago Aug. 9-12.

In the Advertising Division, CJC student Naa Amponsah Dodoo took the IJA Best Student Paper award with “Any Benefits from Anxiety and Curiosity? Exploring the Impact of Personality Traits in Ad Avoidance on Social Networking Sites.” Additionally, Taylor Wen took the 2nd Place Student Paper award with “Scare’em or Irritate’em: Congruity Between Emotions and Message Framing Promotes Advertising Engagement and Message Evaluation.”

In the Law and Policy Division, the top paper went to co-authors Austin Vining and Sebastian Zarate for “Fake News and the First Amendment: Reconciling a Disconnect Between Theory and Doctrine.”

In the Communicating Science, Health, Environment, and Risk (ComSHER) Division, Aqsa Bashir won the 2nd best student paper with “To Talc or Not to Talc: How Media Framed the Association Between Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer.”

In the International Communication Division, Xuan Liang and Huan Chen took 3rd place in the Markham Competition with “Choosing the Best Name: Effectiveness of Brand Name Localization on Consumer’s Attitudes Toward a New Foreign Product.”

In all, 24 UF graduate students authored a range of papers and posters, and even a book chapter, that were presented and released at the annual conference.

Papers and Posters Presented at AEJMC:

  • “The Duality of Traits and Goals: An Examination of the Interplay between Consumer Personality and Regulatory Focus in Predicting Consumer Responses to Social Media Ads”
    • Authors: Naa Amponsah Dodoo, Dr. Cynthia Morton.
  • “The Psychological Progresses of Mixed Valence Images: Emotional Responses, Visual Attention and Memory”
    • Authors: Taylor Wen, Jon Morris, Mark Sherwood, Alissa Meyer, and Nicole Rosenberg.
  • “Any Benefits From Anxiety and Curiosity? Exploring the Impact of Personality Traits in Ad Avoidance on Social Networking Sites”
    • Authors: Naa Amponsah Dodoo and Taylor Wen.
  • “Scare’em or Irritate’em: Congruity Between Emotions and Message Framing Promotes Advertising Engagement and Message Evaluation”
    • Author: Taylor Wen.
  • “Content Marketing Strategy of Branded YouTube Channels”
    • Author: Rang Wang.
  • “Blowing Smoke: Uncovering and Addressing College Students’ Perceptions, Use and Knowledge of E-Cigarettes”
    • Dr. Debbie Treise, Summer Shelton, Nicki Karimipour, and Vaughan James.
  • “Choosing the Best Name: Effectiveness of Brand Name Localization on Consumer’s Attitudes Toward a New Foreign Product.”
    • Authors: Xuan Liang and Huan Chen.
  • “The Random Effect of an Air Crash: Examining the Narrative Battle Over the Smolensk Disaster”
    • Authors: Liudmila Khalitova, Barbara Myslik, Dr. Agnieszka Turska-Kawa, Sofiya Tarasevich, and Dr. Sprio Kousis.
  • “Fake News and the First Amendment: Reconciling a Disconnect Between Theory and Doctrine”
    • Authors: Austin Vining and Sebastian Zarate.
  • “Where are the Children? The Framing of Adoption in Print Newspapers from 2014 to 2016”
    • Authors: Dr. Cynthia Morton and Summer Shelton.
  • “The Making of Social Sports Fans: Factors Affecting Sports Consumption on Social Media”
    • Authors: Dr. Sylvia Chan-Olmstead, Min Xiao, and Lisa-Charlotte Wolter.
  • “Promoting CSR Programs/Activities Via Social Media On Social Media: Does Reading Online Comments Encourage People to Speak Up or Be Silent? Social Judgement and Spiral of Empowerment”
    • Authors: Dr. Moon Lee, Jungwon Chun, and Jung Yun Won.
  • “Pride Versus Guilt: The Interplay between Emotional Appeals and Self-Construal Levels in Organ Donation Messages”
    • Authors: Sining Kong, Jungwon Chun, and Dr. Sri Kalyanaraman.
  • “Influencers with #NoFilter: How Micro-Celebrities Use Self-Branding Practices on Instagram”
    • Authors: Dr. Eunice Kim and Casey McDonald.
  • “Enhancing Empowerment and Building Relationships via Social Media Engagement: A Study of Facebook Use in the U.S. Airline Industry”
    • Authors: Zhiren Li and Dr. Rita Men. 
  • “Promoting the HPV Vaccination: Interplay of Message Framing, Motivation Orientation, and Risk-Taking Tendency”
    • Authors: Dr. Moon Lee and Jieun Cho
  • “Bless of Curse: How Chinese Strategic Communication Practitioners Use Social Media in Crisis Communication”
    • Author: Sining Kong.
  • “Can Inspiring Advertisements Bust the Social Media Blues? The Effect of Inspirational Advertising on Consumer Attitudes and Sharing Intentions”
    • Authors: Dr. Frank Waddell and Amanda Bailey.
  • “Decoding Engagement: Chinese Advertising Practitioners’ Perspectives”
    • Author: Rang Wang.
  • “To Talc or Not to Talc: How Media Framed the Association Between Talcum Powder and Ovarian Cancer”
    • Author: Aqsa Bashir.
  • “Making the Unfamiliar the Familiar: A Qualitative Framing Analysis of Disabilities as Inspiration in Advertisements”
    • Author: Summer Shelton.
  • “Debating What’s Natural: A Qualitative Framing Analysis of “Natural” Food Label News Coverage”
    • Author: Melissa McGinnis.
  • “I Heard it Through the Grapevine: Understanding the Implicit Organizational Aspects of Employee-Driven Communication.”
    • Author: Katy Robinson
  • “Levels in Organ Donation Messages”
    • Authors: Sining Kong, Jungwon Chun, and Dr. Sri Kalyanaraman.
  • “Vapor and Mirrors: A Qualitative Framing Analysis of E-Cigarette Reporting in High-Circulation U.S. Newspapers”
    • Authors: Vaughan James and Paul Simpson.

Book Releases:

  • Chapter – “The African Union Commission’s Multinational Ebola Campaign’s Localization Strategies” in Public Relations Case Studies from Around the World.
    • Chapter Authors: Toluwani Oloke and Juan Carlos Molleda.

Two Fellowship Opportunities with Mother Jones

Mother Jones is currently hiring for two fellowship positions based in San Francisco. Please see below for more information and links to the full job descriptions and application requirements.

Social Media Fellowship (San Francisco)

Do you find all your news on Twitter? Get a rush from breaking news? Miss GawkerMother Jones is looking for an all-star social media fellow to help keep us current on social platforms, blog for our award-winning website, and enhance our coverage of breaking news. This fellow will work closely with Mother Jones’s digital news team and collaborate alongside seasoned editors and reporters. Aside from helping promote Mother Jones stories, you’ll write your own stories for our website. You’ll also help with web fact-checking and attend regular skill-building sessions covering topics that span the operations of a media organization.

Full description HERE

Strategic Communications Fellowship (San Francisco)

You love news, politics, and investigative reporting. You can’t tear yourself away from a great long-form story or a powerful tweetstorm. You know a killer interview when you see one. You’re a smart, hungry emerging professional determined to use your communication talent and skill to make a difference.

If this sounds right, you might be Mother Jones’ next strategic communications fellow. This fellow will work with Mother Jones’ communications strategist—in collaboration with staff across the organization—to build buzz for Mother Jones investigations and breaking news, increase our impact, and engage with our audience.

The communications fellow will assist in pitching television and radio appearances, building communication with key organizations and influencers, and identifying events and speaking opportunities for MoJo staff. He or she will help plan and promote Mother Jones events and test out new ways to engage with its readers, while also tracking Mother Jones’ impact and helping submit its journalism for prestigious awards.

This is a unique opportunity to learn and practice strategic communications, project management, and audience engagement skills while helping a major investigative reporting organization tell important stories and increase its impact.

Full description HERE

Strategic Communications for Leaders, Scholars and Non-profits

20246026_1056024244532982_2170788053926807075_nThe frank team offers strategic communications training that’s rooted in what social science teaches us about how people learn, think and form opinions. Our lively, fun and hands-on communications workshops are led by coaches with deep experience and sessions are driven by recent insights from psychology, sociology, neuroscience, public relations and political science scholarship.

The Academy is a 1.5-day experiential workshop designed to help you develop the core communication skills you need to tell your organization’s story to improve outreach and fundraising, as well as build and manage crucial relationships. Participants may sign up for an extra half-day session dedicated to media training.

The 1.5-day workshop will help you:

  • Develop a strategic communication plan
  • Create compelling and visual presentations
  • Tell stories that people remember, share and act on
  • Work with funders and with one another toward common communication goals.
  • Hone your strategic planning and storytelling skills
  • Develop a message strategy and stick to it during media interviews
  • Use theatrical improvisation skills to ‘think on your feet’ and understand how pace, tone and clarity of your message.

Download the full agenda here

Optional half-day media training available:

  • Ground rules for working with reporters
  • Develop your interview skills
  • Clearly define and control your message
  • On-camera drills in our television studio

Download the half-day media training agenda here.

Our faculty:

Our faculty are gifted coaches who have gained their expertise through years of professional practice and research. Their sessions are lively, funny and provocative. You’ll be actively engaged throughout, and leave with new skills and a fresh approach to your communications efforts.

Download the faculty bios here

Who should attend?

This workshop is designed for people in communications, leaders and academic scholars. Organization leaders, communication team members, fundraising managers and staff who want to be more effective in their communication practices can all benefit from this program. Our intimate and collaborative environment provides great opportunities to build new relationships with other professionals.

Date: August 14th and 15th

Click here to buy tickets. 

Ask about our registration discount for franksters!