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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

In two new articles on Medium, “How to Design for Diverse and Gender Inclusive Humanitarian Organizations” and “Outsmart Gender Bias through Design,” Center team members and their partners at the UN Refugee Agency’s Innovation Service describe how behavioral, social and psychological science can help humanitarian organizations create more inclusive workplaces.…

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Posted: December 10, 2019

Ann Christiano, director of the Center for Public Interest Communications and Frank Karel Chair in Public Interest Communications, is the recipient of the Junior Faculty 2019 UF International Educator of the Year Award. Christiano was recognized for her work across cultures and worldviews to make it possible for individuals and organizations to apply…

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Posted: November 5, 2019

Writing in Stanford Social Innovation Review, Annie Neimand, director of research, Center for Public Interest Communications, and Samantha Wright, managing director of impact, Exposure Labs, say that advocacy organizations and activists seeking to build more inclusive movements, need to create stories that can engage both familiar and new communities. The…

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Posted: June 18, 2019