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  • Media Training

    A media interview is an opportunity to deliver your story. Our media relations experts can teach you the essentials to achieving good press. You will learn about:

    • How the media works and what makes the news
    • A spokesperson’s role as an administrator and/or faculty member
    • Why it’s important to have a media relations expert on your side
    • How to respond to media inquiries and interview tips
    • How to craft key messages and communicate them effectively
    • Typical reporter traps and how to avoid those traps
    • Key aspects to radio and TV interviews
    • Steps to take after the interview

    To schedule a media training session for your unit, please contact Steve Witmer at

  • News Releases

    The News Bureau shares campus news through news releases. We email releases to select media and post them to our website.

    We cover most campus news, but there are some things that we typically do not cover through news releases. They include:

    • Edited books by multiple authors; papers on which an Illinois faculty member is not the lead.
    • Grant awards, faculty presentations, retirements, unit anniversaries, most awards and honors.
    • Campus talks or conferences – except where someone of obvious public prominence is involved and the event is open to the public.
  • Communicating News About Faculty

    Every faculty member’s work is important. However, even truly significant work within a field is not always of interest to the general news media. The best way to communicate news about your faculty is to work with the News Bureau in the following ways:

    • Connect your News Bureau beat writer with your unit’s communication vehicles, including, but not limited to newsletters, announcements, social media sites, blogs and any faculty list with easy-to-scan descriptions of expertise.
    • Share updates on important faculty projects as soon as you hear about them. The earlier the better. We will not share anything without talking to the author.
    • Connect the writer with faculty or staff well-informed about colleagues’ work.
    • Contact us immediately about expertise directly relevant to a developing news event or issue.
    • With all communications: If you’re on the fence, share the story. Our writers would rather know than not know.
    • Work with your unit communicator, who serves as another conduit for information and tips.