As the official "voice" of Duquesne University, we:
- Respond to the media
- Coordinate proactive media outreach
- Facilitate media inquiries
If you are interested in being promoted as a media expert, contact a member of the Media Relations team. Please share your curriculum vitae, research, class subjects taught and other pertinent information.
Promoting information to the media
Call or email a Media Relations team member to share these types of newsworthy information with the media:
- Research results and grants
- Projects, books
- Appointments, awards
- Media expertise (you are an expert able to comment on current/topical issues)
Handling an incoming media call
These guidelines assure that media inquiries are handled effectively and appropriately.
- Return inquiry calls from reporters promptly after receiving a message.
The media expect to have requests addressed in a timely manner, regardless of whether an interview will be granted. Follow-up and courtesy are critical to maintain a positive working relationship between the University and the media.
- Verify the reporter’s name, organization, phone number, deadline and specific purpose of the call.
- Determine who responds to the inquiry:
If the call pertains to a specific faculty member’s expertise, the request may be handled at the school/department level. If a faculty member declines or is unavailable, notify Public Affairs to assist in meeting the reporter’s needs.
If the call pertains to a University-wide or administration issue, the request should be handled by the University spokesperson, Bridget Fare, or a member of the media relations team so they can determine the appropriate person for response.
Examples of University-wide issues include but are not limited to: enrollment, tuition, master plan, campus crime statistics, capital campaign information, US News and World Report or other survey reaction, diversity, salaries, comments relating to the administration or personnel issues, etc
If the call is regarding another topic unrelated to your school/department, forward information to a member of the media relations team.
- Inform Public Affairs that the interview request was completed.
The media relations team tracks interviews and follows up with reporters. If the team is aware of a professor who is willing to speak with the media, the team can promote that professor and his/her expertise in the future.
- Please inform Public Affairs when a reporter/news photographer visits campus. Protecting the privacy and integrity of all members of the Duquesne University community is a priority.
Public Affairs Publications
To promote news to the internal Duquesne community:
- The University Times is an employee newspaper published during the academic year.
- DORI lists events and information online.
- Duquesne University Magazine is an award-winning magazine that features information and campus news
Duquesne University Newsroom
Features news releases and advisories
The University uses several methods to communicate with employees and students during emergency situations.
- DU Emergency Alert: automated notification system that contacts students and employees via mobile devices, texts and non-Duquesne land lines. To subscribe, visit www.duq.edu/alert.
- Outside emergency warning system: provides electronic siren and voice notification via speakers throughout campus.
Cancellation and Closing Communication
University Information Phone Line/Web posting: call 412.396.1700 or visit www.duq.edu for up-to-date information on class cancellations and office closings due to weather.