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The pharmaceutical companies Pfizer and BioNtech announced Nov. 20, 2020, that they will seek emergency use authorization from the Food and Drug Administration for a vaccine to prevent COVID-19. On Nov. 16, Moderna announced that a vaccine it has been working on has been shown to be close to 95%…

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Posted: January 27, 2021

Ja’kari Clayton is set to graduate from UF with a MA in Mass Communications and become the “first ever” graduate specializing in public interest communications. He’s also spent the last two years as a research assistant with the Center. The Center’s Postdoc, Jack J. Barry, interviewed Ja’kari to get his…

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Posted: November 19, 2020

“Unmuted: What Works, What Doesn’t, and How We Can All Do Better When Working Together Online” is a new report released by The Goodman Center in partnership with  the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications Center for Public Interest Communications(CPIC) and a consortium of non-profit organizations. With the…

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Posted: October 27, 2020

Jack: Congratulations on your new position as the next Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications here at the University of Florida. We are excited to have you join the team. Frank Karel, a 1961 journalism graduate of our College, endowed the chair in 2009 after a 30-year career as…

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Posted: August 29, 2020

The Center for Public Interest Communications and the  Radical Communicators Network (RCN) announced that they are the recipients of a $100,000 Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Voices for Economic Opportunity Grand Challenge Grant for their collaborative proposal “Changing the Poverty Narrative by Changing the Voices.” This project was one of 28 proposals funded from…

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Posted: June 11, 2020

In a newly published article on Open Global Rights, Jack Barry, who recently joined the Center for Public Interest Communications as a postdoc research associate, argues that the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the unfortunate reality that many millions of people staying at home under lockdown are without unfettered internet access,…

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Posted: May 27, 2020

Here we have a Q&A with Jack, to learn more about him, what questions keep him up at night, and what he is most excited to work on with the Center below. What research questions are you most passionate about? What do you go to bed and wake up thinking…

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Posted: May 14, 2020

Ann Christiano recently completed her 10-year term as the Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications.  In a recent interview for the podcast “Let’s Hear It,” Christiano–who now serves exclusively as Center director–discussed her work over the past 10 years to help build a discipline in public interest communications. She reflects on…

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Posted: May 6, 2020

The 2020 Research Prize in Public Interest Communications has been awarded to two scholars from Cambridge University for a scientific paper that explores how people can be “inoculated” from falling victim to false information online. The $10,000 prize for Fake News Game Confers Psychological Resistance Against Online Misinformation was awarded February…

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Posted: February 14, 2020

The latest issue of the Journal of Public Interest Communications (JPIC) is now available. The open access journal connects practitioners to the academic research in an effort to strengthen and grow the field of public interest communications. Volume 3, No 2 covers the following: Corporate Social Advocacy as Public Interest Communications: Exploring…

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Posted: January 7, 2020