Media Relations

What We Do

Whether you’re a member of the media or work at Weber State and need help writing a press release, our media relations professionals can help. We can assist with promoting events and are the point of contact for members of the press. 

Media Relations Guidelines

A news release is written to promote newsworthy campus events and is distributed to targeted members of the media and to members of the community. Successful media relations depend on promoting events far enough in advance so local media outlets have adequate time to promote and/or plan to cover Weber State University events and news.

Getting Started

For events, please request a press release no later than two weeks prior to an event. When requesting a press release, please include answers to:

  • Who?
  • What?
  • When?
  • Where?
  • Why?
  • How much does it cost?

Include high-resolution photos of your speaker and/or a graphic element associated with the event.

Most press releases written by Marketing & Communications are posted on the weber.edu homepage and can include video or audio files embedded in the release, as well as links to other web pages and sources referenced in the release. If you have content like this, let us know so we can include it.

Request a News Release

Event Calendars

Weekly media relations calendars are sent out each Friday morning (except during the summer months).

Monthly calendars typically are sent on the Friday before the last full week of the month.

In order to be included in this calendar, events must have a connection to WSU, one of its outlying campuses or centers, academic departments, programs, campus offices, clubs or organizations.

The deadline for submitting items for the calendar of events is typically the Wednesday before the last full week of the month.

Melissa Smith in media relations sends out email reminders at the start of each month in an effort to gather details about upcoming campus events. Submit your calendar events to Melissa Smith at melissasmith9@weber.edu with the following information:

  • Day(s) of week
  • Date(s) (month and date) of the event
  • Sponsoring organization or group that is putting on the event
  • Name or title of event along with brief description or summary
  • Time of event
  • Location (include an address if taking place off campus)
  • Cost associated with event
  • Phone number, email address and/or URL for more information
  • Contributing to Community Calendars

To generate community awareness, you may consider these additional free ideas.

FAQ 

Contact

Allison Barlow Hess, public relations director

Melissa Smith, public relations