OSU News & Research Communications consistently gets its best story ideas from faculty members who contact us with great information from their labs and classrooms. If you have a story idea that you think deserves an audience, call 541-737-0787 to speak with a staff member. Before you do, here is some information that can help you help us tell the story properly. First, determine what kind of story you have, and whether you want an internal or an external audience.
Do you have research you think might be worthy of media attention? Timeliness and importance are key elements in getting media coverage. Is your work coming out in a peer-reviewed journal? Are you having a book published? Is your work being used as part of an industry partnership? Will your work impact how people live, work, play? Then we want to hear from you.
We have provided a list of tips on the kinds of details we'll need about your story.
Below is a chart of OSU News and Research Communications staff, other communication professionals, and their areas of coverage:
Your area of research might also be a strong candidate for our monthly Science Pub Corvallis, an event held at Old World Deli, which draws large crowds to hear about the latest OSU research.
Are you hoping to promote an event? First determine whether your event needs to be publicized on campus or if you want to attract a broader community audience. Be realistic. Very few campus events draw an audience beyond the Corvallis community. A press release can be helpful for certain events with a broad appeal, but many events would be better served with other approaches. Consider creating posters and fliers to distribute on campus and around the community.
Need help with event logistics? Contact University Events.
Need help with marketing? University Marketing promotes the Oregon State University brand through strategic marketing communications and creative services. They also manage university-level web content and social media networks. Staff can help you successfully promote your college, department, program or event with clear, consistent, engaging and brand-aligned communications. Services include planning, market research, concept development, visual design, writing and editing for print, online and broadcast media. Contact University Marketing.
Need help with multimedia? Oregon State Productions creates multimedia content for the university, including broadcast television footage, commercials, feature documentaries and web videos. The team of producers, videographers and digital artists believe every project deserves cinematic treatment and bold storytelling. Contact Oregon State Productions.
There are a variety of ways to share your story with the campus community. Consider submitting it to the OSU calendar. LIFE@OSU is the online faculty and staff news magazine. Stories about awards and honors, events, features on interesting staff and faculty, graduate student features and more are all highlighted in the magazine. To submit story ideas, email email@example.com To reach the OSU community with your OSU-related events or news, submit them to OSU Today, the daily campus e-news blast that currently has more than 10,000 subscribers. Submission guidelines.
Working with the media can be an intimidating prospect if you have no previous experience, or if you’ve had a negative interaction in the past. Our job is to help you become more familiar with how the process of creating a news story works, and offer you tips before you have your next interview.
Contact one of our staff listed above if you're interested in participating in media training.
If you do get interviewed and your story appears in the media, make sure to send a link of the article or broadcast to firstname.lastname@example.org so that we can share your interview with the campus community.