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In order to be more strategic and effective in obtaining press attention, the college is implementing a new procedure. This new system starts with requests for generating press releases and news stories to be submitted to department heads so they can determine what should be directed forward.
We want to help you spread the good news about Cal Poly. The information you provide on the form below will be used by Cal Poly Public Affairs in briefs and news releases sent to the media — both on-campus and off-campus media. Remember: All news items sent to off-campus media must be approved and distributed by Public Affairs.
Please submit your information and details at least one month in advance of the date you want your information to go out. Newspaper, radio and TV "calendar of events" sections require event news releases three weeks in advance. Get your information together early!
If your information is about an event (lecture, performance, etc.), remember:
Good topics for news releases include: regional, state or national awards for student Instructionally Related Activities teams or groups, regional, state, or national awards for faculty and staff members, new academic programs or majors, workshops, seminars and lectures (open to the public) by interesting speakers or on interesting, timely topics, and performances by student groups (orchestras, dance, etc.). News releases will generally be limited to 150 to 200 words and should not include quotes or opinion.
On occasion, extremely newsworthy items may justify a longer news release. If so, Public Affairs will contact you for more information.
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