For Faculty & Staff
When to Call Media Relations
(Or, how our office can help you!)
1. As soon as you are contacted by a reporter
Reporters can be very savvy and quite persistent when it comes to getting you on the record. We can help you determine when and whether it makes sense to talk to the press or pass.
2. When you're getting ready for an interview
Whether it's practicing a mock interview, providing insight on a particular outlet or journalist, or helping you to draft talking points, our team can help you prepare for your big interview. Check out some tips here.
3. When you're about to publish research or a book
Congratulations on your publication! We're happy to work with your publisher to create buzz. Tip: It's a good idea to contact us at least one month before your publication goes public, because that gives us enough lead time to pitch top tier media. For example, the New York Times recently featured the honeybee research of Heather Mattila, assistant professor of biological sciences.
4. When you're doing a TV or radio interview
Our team will work out the logistics with producers, such as booking studio space or providing photos. For radio interviews, Wellesley has an ISDN studio in Pendleton East. We also work with nearby studios for live television interviews. Listen to WBUR's interview of Michael Jeffries, assistant professor of American Studies, around the publication of his new book.
5. When you want to respond to breaking news
Have you got something to say about a recent Supreme Court ruling? Do you have an opinion to share in response to a Wall Street Journal editorial? Give us a call! Media Relations can help you with editing, pitching, and placing op-eds and letters to the editor. We can also connect you to journalists that are eager to hear -- and quote -- your expert opinion. Wellesley economics Professor Philip B. Levine was recently featured in the New York Times column, Ask an Expert.