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News Release Guidelines

The College’s Office of Communications staff plans, researches, writes, and distributes messages that highlight interesting and newsworthy College information, people, and events.

Topics in academic news, student news, college-wide event promotion, and news interesting for student recruitment and retention will take priority.

To ensure that materials released to the media are accurate, timely, and consistent in style and quality, all information released to the media must be coordinated and released through the Office of Communications.

The staff will determine the most appropriate distribution method for the information: internal, local, regional, or national. Releases also are posted on the news page or the news releases page.

You can also email story tips to communications@whittier.edu. Once the request is received, a member of the Communications staff will follow up with you. For more information about submitting news for publication, contact Ana Lilia Barraza at ext. 4912.

Types of news releases

News/features releases: News that ties into national trends, has the potential for statewide or national media coverage, concerns student recruitment or might enhance the College's reputation, will take priority

News Briefs: Used to publicize general College academic and student news [e.g. publications, awards, grants, new hires]

Event Releases: Used to publicize College-sponsored events that are open to the public

Please fill out the following form to submit your news item for media distribution or external promotion. Items should be received at least three weeks in advance. Note that the number of events on campus and the uncontrollable nature of the news media make advance publicity or coverage of your event impossible to guarantee.