Press Release for Friday, June 10, 2005

UNF Hires Assistant Director of Media Relations and Events

Contact: Sharon Ashton
Department of Media Relations and Events
(904) 620-2115

The University of North Florida announced today the hiring of a new assistant director of media relations and events. Joanna Norris works in the Division of Institutional Advancement and is responsible for developing story ideas to promote UNF to local, state and national media.

A native of Western Kentucky, Norris has lived in Jacksonville for 14 years and is a graduate of Murray State University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in journalism. As a former media specialist at Shands Jacksonville and a freelance writer for H Magazine, a publication of The Florida Times-Union, she brings several years experience in public and media relations, as well as print journalism to this position.

Norris has received numerous awards for her writing skills, including the Award for Excellence in Cardiovascular Communications from the American Heart Association; first place in featuring writing, Florida State Writing Competition; and an Image Award from the Florida Public Relations Association, Jacksonville Chapter, as a contributing writer for VISIONS magazine.

Norris is available to the media by phone at (904) 620-2102 or by e-mail, A photo is available upon request to the UNF Department of Media Relations and Events.

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