The Broadcast Education Association (BEA) is pleased to announce that Dr. Roxane Coche, University of Florida, is the recipient of BEA’s 2020 New Faculty Research Grant.
Dr. Roxane Coche is the Associate Director of Sports Journalism and Communication and an Assistant Professor in the University of Florida College of Journalism and Communications. Before coming to UF in 2018, Coche was an assistant professor in the Department of Journalism and Strategic Media at the University of Memphis, teaching undergraduate and graduate students in broadcast, sports journalism and entrepreneurial media. Prior to that, she was a lecturer in the Department of Communication, Media and Journalism at the University of North Georgia Dahlonega and a visiting professor in the Communication and Sciences Program at the Tecnológico de Monterrey, Campus Guadalajara in Mexico.
Coche, who was born and raised in France, began her career as a freelance sports reporter and producer in Paris. She worked on major events such as the 2008 Soccer European Championship; the America’s Cup; the 2010 Olympic Games; the French, U.S. and Australian Opens in tennis; and the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. In 2016, she led students to cover the Rio 2016 Olympics and is set to repeat the experience with 20 UF students in Tokyo if international travel is safe and allowed in summer 2021.
Her research interests revolve around social issues, often in the sports media industry, but she also is the director and a producer of the one-hour documentary Once More At The River: From MLK to BLM about activism in Memphis in the 50 years that followed Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination.
BEA’s New Faculty Research Grant (NFRG) seeks to promote scholarship through achievement by untenured broadcast and electronic media faculty. A cash grant of $1,000 was awarded to Dr. Coche. Initial funding for this grant was provided by Rebecca Hayden, winner of BEA’s Distinguished Education Service Award in 1993, and long-time editor/publisher of broadcast and media books at Wadsworth Publishing Co. The grant honors the memory of Sydney W. Head (1913-1991) and Harrison B. Summers (1894-1980), two key pioneers in broadcast education.