Journal of Public Interest Communications

frank and the College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida are looking for an editor for our brand-new journal, the Journal of Public Interest Communications.

When we first started frank back in 2013, our goal was to bring together researchers and practitioners  using communications and strategy to move the public on issues that matter. As we built our movement, we realized that it needed an academic home. The Journal of Public Interest Communications is that – a place for researchers from across disciplines can collaborate and publish work that is designed to make a difference.

Now, we are looking for an editor. Our ideal candidate is someone in the social sciences who is passionate about using research to create social change. They have a supportive department and the commitment necessary to help launch a new endeavor. They’re looking for a chance to build a new discipline and for a place to grow as a scholar. Because public interest communications is interdisciplinary, we’re looking for someone who is dedicated to finding the best research out there, regardless of the discipline it comes from or the methods it uses.

Our editor will be given the chance to choose their own associate editor and will receive an annual honorarium of $2,500. They will serve a three-year appointment, starting on January 1, 2017 and running through December 31, 2020.

We’re so excited to start on this project, which we hope will begin laying the foundation for public interest communications as a new academic discipline. If you can see yourself as a part of this process, or know someone who would be a good fit, please check out our official announcement below, then drop us a line. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

The College of Journalism and Communications at the University of Florida and frank (scholar) Committee ( invite applications and nominations for editor of our new journal, The Journal of Public Interest Communications (JPIC). The 3-year appointment begins January 1, 2017, and ends December 31, 2020. The editor receives an annual honorarium of $2,500.

Public interest communications is the development and implementation of science-based, planned strategic communication campaigns with the main goal of achieving significant and sustained positive behavioral change on a public interest issue that transcends the particular interests of any single organization. The JPIC is an open-access, online journal published through the Public Knowledge Project and is supported by the University of Florida.

The editor is expected to contribute to developing the aim and scope of the journal including the organization, promotion, and structure. JPIC’s approach to producing peer-reviewed research is a novel one focused on creating academically-rigorous knowledge that is useful for practitioners, activists, and other members of the public interest communications community. Given this, we are seeking a creative thinker with a passion for bridging the gap between the academy and practice.

The editor is selected by and reports to the frank (scholar) Committee. To maintain a fair and open process, the Committee seeks  applications from those interested and those nominated.  Nominees will be contacted and asked to submit applications.

The editor will be responsible for promptly processing all manuscripts submitted to JPIC and coordinating up to four issues per year. The editor is also responsible for handling correspondence related to the publication of JPIC and working with both the College of Journalism and Communications and the frank (scholar) Committee on business and budget matters affecting the Journal and with the publisher’s production and promotion representatives. A professional, collegial approach is expected in all matters related to the Journal.

Applicants and nominees should be affiliated with a board-certified university or international equivalent. The editor selected will be housed in a department or school that is able and eager to cooperate with this publishing venture. He or she will be supported by a half-time professional journal manager at UF College of Journalism and Communications who will oversee the administrative aspects of the Journal. The editor should be able to write and edit clearly and concisely, understand and appreciate a broad range of social and behavioral science research methodologies, and have a broad knowledge of the literature relating to communication and social change. The editor should also be able to comply with the design standards established for JPIC official publications.

Nominations must be received no later than October 30, 2016. They should be sent to journal manager Dr. Lauren Griffin at

Applications must be received by Nov. 15, 2016. A complete application will include a letter outlining the candidate’s qualifications, a letter of support from the applicant’s department head and/or dean, a one-page outline of the applicant’s vision for the Journal, and contact information for three professional references. All material should be combined in a single pdf and sent by the deadline to Dr. Lauren Griffin at Initial inquiries may be made  to Dr. Linda Hon, frank (scholar) Chair, e-mail .