Student Media Relations Assistance
The Office of Communications has developed working relationships with members of print and broadcast news media and can help you communicate with the press to convey your news to a wider audience. We provide students with a range of media relations assistance for a variety of needs, such as print, radio and television interviews, opinion pieces, news releases and special media events.
What to do when a reporter calls
Most media requests for information about the University, interviews with members of the Princeton community and filming on campus are routed through Communications. Our policy is not to release student information to the press, but rather to forward to students a reporter's contact information and leave it completely up to the students to decide whether they want to share their story with a national audience.
However, journalists may contact individuals directly. The news and editorial services staff is available to help students, faculty and staff with those requests, and we strongly encourage the University community to direct media calls to our attention. After receiving confirmation of a student's agreement to participate in an interview, the media relations staff must coordinate all logistics to ensure that journalists comply with University guidelines, including limitations for use of specific locations on campus.
Photographers and film crews must obtain authorization in advance from the Office of Communications to film, videotape or take pictures on campus. The media is not permitted inside residential dorm rooms and permission is needed for access to common spaces. Students should notify the media relations staff after they agree to have a photographer or film crew come to campus so our office can work with media to arrange access to campus. We will work with offices across campus to secure the appropriate locations, ensure parking access, notify the Department of Public Safety and confirm that all permission forms are signed.
For students inviting guests to lecture at events, it is the role of the member of the University community hosting the event to coordinate media access. This helps to ensure that a University community member remains the contact for reporters who have questions about the event or University policies for press coverage. If there are specific media outlets the visiting individual would like to invite, s/he may submit a list to the student hosts or media relations staff, and we will extend an invitation to those journalists if feasible.
If you need assistance regarding an interview request or are not certain whether you are the appropriate person for an interview, please feel free to contact us at (609) 258-3601.
An online media outreach guide offers assistance in preparing releases. A news release is one tool used to inform the media of University events and the initiatives undertaken by our students and faculty. Written in an explanatory journalistic style, a release helps make campus initiatives accessible to average readers.
Students planning student-only events that are not open to the media are encouraged to post such notices on the Point website supported by the Undergraduate Student Government.
When available, the media relations staff may provide assistance in editing and distributing news releases to the media. For assistance with releases, call (609) 258-3601.