Submit News Release

At CCC, there are always newsworthy events happening in our departments on campus. Because our staff is small, we need your help keeping media outlets— including newspapers, radio, television, and social media outlets—informed. Read the guide below to help get you started. Then, fill out the form with as much detail as possible to submit your news release.

Please provide the following information when submitting a news release:

Provide background information.

Send background information on the person/grant/topic being discussed.

Information should be concise and submitted all at one time—this will decrease confusion and chance for error. Do not include information that does not need to be published.

Provide quotes.

If you are submitting a story, please be willing to provide a quote, if appropriate. If you would like to include quotes from other subjects, provide those in the submission.

Be timely.

News get old fast, so timeliness is the utmost important factor in providing information. If you have a story idea related to your knowledge of a topic or person, please be ready to help with information gathering. It is a timely process that requires quick communication.

Allow scheduling for an interview.

If a department or office must be the first point of contact for a story subject, please ask if the news writer may email or call to setup an interview that will best fit both parties’ schedules.

Provide clear information for technical speak.

If grant information and numbers are needed in a press release, please provide the most significant information that the common reader needs to know and understand. Most of the time, the average reader does not need to know anything beyond the basic most newsworthy information.

Photos

If you have access to a relevant, high-resolution photo to accompany the above information, please send it with your submission. If photo credit is needed, please provide proper information as well.

Factors which determine if an event or opportunity is newsworthy:

  • A new or unique program at the institution;
  • A significant award or grant won by a faculty, staff member, or student;
  • A significant special event consistent with the institution’s mission and objectives; or
  • An individual or institution-related activity that ties in directly with local breaking news, a major regional, national or world story.