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UF experts on “fake news”

The following University of Florida experts are available to speak to reporters about “fake news” and related issues.

Branded Content/Native Advertising

Tom Kelleher

Professor of Advertising and chair of the Department of Advertising. His research interests are social media in strategic organizational communication, relationship management, diffusion and adoption of communication technology, ethics, and teaching and learning with online media. He recently posted an article on native advertising in the context of fake news.

tkell@jou.ufl.edu
352-392-4046


First Amendment

Clay Calvert

Brechner Eminent Scholar in Mass Communication and the director of the Marion B. Brechner First Amendment Project. Calvert is an expert and scholar on First Amendment issues. He has authored or co-authored more than 150 law journal articles on topics related to freedom of expression, has published numerous articles in mainstream media commenting on First Amendment issues currently in the news and has been quoted frequently.

ccalvert@jou.ufl.edu
352-273-1096

Austin Vining

Doctoral student and former newspaper reporter studying communication law. He recently co-authored a paper on fake news that garnered the Top Student Paper award from Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. Additionally, Austin served on a community panel centered on fake news and wrote an article on the government’s pending “ministry of truth.”

avining@ufl.edu


Media Literacy and Audience Motivation

Frank Waddell

Assistant professor in the Department of Journalism. His current research interests are at the intersection of new technology and online storytelling. His work typically examines how established media effects are moderated by new communication technologies, has recently explored topics including machine automated news, the psychology of online comments, and the effects of social television.

frank.waddell@ufl.edu
352-294-1627

Tom Kelleher

Professor of Advertising and chair of the Department of Advertising. His research interests are social media in strategic organizational communication, relationship management, diffusion and adoption of communication technology, ethics, and teaching and learning with online media. He recently posted an article on native advertising in the context of fake news.

tkell@jou.ufl.edu
352-392-4046

Paul Mena

Ph.D. student, journalism instructor and former professional journalist. His studies on fake news have focused on the intersection of misinformation, journalism, and audiences. Recent papers have addressed how the sharing of fake news affects user’s perceptions of real news stories and how journalists’ perceptions of fact-checking. He recently published an article on why people share fake news.

pmena@ufl.edu


Newsroom Policy

Mira Lowe

Director, Innovation News Center. A former senior editor at CNN and editor-in-chief of JET magazine, Lowe runs a 100-seat newsroom of student journalists producing broadcast and digital stories to serve 19 counties in North Central Florida.

lowemira@ufl.edu
352-294-1511


Public Interest Communications

Ann Christiano

Endowed Chair in Public Interest Communications and director, Center for Public Interest Communications. Her role is to develop a curriculum and foster research in the newly-emerging discipline of public interest communications, which uses the tools of public relations and journalism to create positive social change.

achristiano@jou.ufl.edu
352-292-0420

Annie Neimand

Research director for the Center for Public Interest Communications in the College of Journalism and Communications, Ph.D. candidate in sociology. She studies public interest communications, with an emphasis on social psychological factors that influence beliefs and behaviors that limit or promote positive social change. Her work has been featured in Stanford Social Innovation Review, Salon, Huffington Post, among others.

annien@jou.ufl.edu

Lauren Griffin

Sociologist and postdoctoral student in the STEM Translational Communication Center. Griffin specializes in science communication, with a focus on climate change. She has written a number of articles on why people believe false information and how to best communicate science in today’s information environment. Her work has been featured on Salon, Huffington Post, Scientific American, among others.

lngriffin@jou.ufl.edu


Fake News and Journalism Industry

Matt Sheehan

Director of Stories and Emerging Platforms. He is charged with helping to lead the College’s efforts at examining the intersection of storytelling, science and the social good. He leads a content and product incubator called Hatch that uses the principles of human-centered design to conceptualize, test and launch projects for the future of media and information.

msheehan@jou.ufl.edu
353-354-3629

Rich Shumate

Ph.D. candidate, educator, journalist. His research interests are in political communication history — including historical analysis of media coverage of political movements and political campaigns — and the effects of negative political advertising. He recently posted an article on the history of fake news.

shumater@jou.ufl.edu

Contact:

Randy Bennett
Executive Director, External Relations
rbennett@jou.ufl.edu
352-273-1223