UF College of Journalism announces speaker series

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The University of Florida College of Journalism has announced a lineup of acclaimed speakers, titled The Innovators Series, that will be free and open to the public.

“The Innovators Series will bring six leaders in the information industries to the University of Florida over the next two years whose inventive outlooks have propelled them to the leading edge of data, mobile and community engagement. These speakers will focus on media innovation and new ways of communicating,” states the website designed for the series.

The first event is scheduled for Thursday, September 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Gannett Auditorium in Weimer Hall. The speaker will be Mark Little, and the evening will be following an “Inside the Actors Studio” model.

So far, only the first three of the six speakers have been announced. The schedule is as follows:

September 2014: Mark Little, founder of Storyful, the world’s first social media news agency
November 2014: Melissa Bell, co-founder of Vox.com
February 2015: Nicco Mele; author, entrepreneur, Harvard faculty member, and consultant to Fortune 1000 companies

Dean Diane McFarlane, in a statement on the series’ website, stated, “We’re excited about getting these big thinkers here, and seeing what happens when their forward thinking meets our students’ passion. The Innovators will enliven our classrooms, hatch fresh ideas and kindle new directions in scholarship.”

The Innovators Series is sponsored by the Knight Foundation.

For more information on the series and the speakers, visit http://www.jou.ufl.edu/innovators/

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