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Seven Minutes in Heaven with Lisa Fazio

Posted: November 29, 2017

We talked with Cognitive Scientist Lisa Fazio about her experience at frank 2017 and what it was like winning the $10k frank prize.

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We Trained 80 Scientists to Tell Stories. Here’s What Happened.

Posted: June 5, 2017

The frank academy team spent one week in June helping 80 program officers and scientists at the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) find their stories.

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How the Black Lives Matter Movement is Using Stories and Science to Drive Change

Posted: February 24, 2017

We sat down with frank 2017 speaker Shanelle Matthews, director of communications for Black Lives Matters Global Network, and talked about the crucial role of strategic communications in the Black Lives Matter movement.

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Meet the frank 2017 Prize for Research in Public Interest Communications Finalists

Posted: January 19, 2017

The University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications will award two $1,500 prizes and one $10,000 prize to published academic research that informs the growing discipline of Public Interest Communications. Next month, three finalists will present their work at frank, a gathering of communications professionals, academics, researchers, artists, philanthropists, business leaders and advocates who use strategic communication to drive social change, and frank (scholar), a novel academic conference for researchers whose work adds to the discipline of Public Interest Communications in Gainesville, Florida. Both audiences will vote for the $10,000 winner. This year saw the greatest number of submissions for the prize. The…


Storytelling Exercise: Write Your Story in One Sentence

Posted: September 14, 2016

By Brandon Telg and Jaron Jones One of the biggest hurdles to overcome when writing one’s story is knowing where to start. For this reason, it is helpful to start with parameters. So we challenge you to write your story within this parameter: one sentence. What is your story in one sentence? Take some time and think about this. You may be saying to yourself “one sentence? I’ve had way too many life experiences for one sentence.” Certainly you can’t share every detail about your life in one sentence, but limiting yourself to one sentence helps you identify the essence.…

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A Storytelling Takeover

Posted: September 11, 2016

By Brandon Telg and Jaron Jones Over the next week, Self Narrate, a Gainesville-based nonprofit run by two franksters, will be taking over frank’s social media presence. To kick off the week, we wanted to introduce ourselves and what we do to the frank community. Self Narrate is a nonprofit organization dedicated to personal story development. The co-founders, Brandon Telg and Dr. Jaron Jones, empower their community by helping people craft and share their personal stories. Storytelling is a powerful tool for developing self-efficacy, building relationships and gaining perspective. Self Narrate started with a simple challenge: “Tell me your story.”…

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Sometimes you have to confront the fact that you may not be the rockstar you want to be. We did. And here’s what happened.

Posted: August 1, 2016

How to make more people see your digital content.


Why I Am a frank Scholar

Posted: May 4, 2016

Dr. Natalie Tindall, associate professor in the Department of Communication at Lamar University, tells us about her experience at frank (scholar), the launch of the first ever frank (scholar) project and her efforts to build a new future for public relations.

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Seven Minutes in Heaven with Scientist Troy Campbell

Posted: April 14, 2016

What happens when a science prodigy loves literature and people? Troy Campbell, the frank 2016 $10k research prize winner. We talked with Campbell about his research, winning the prize and what it was like to attend frank for the first time.

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frank Video Playlist: Use Stories to Get People to Care

Posted: March 29, 2016

In this frank playlist, we hear from speakers using technology to connect users and tell stories that will incite empathy and drive change.

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