Tips for Working with Media During Times of Crisis
Reporters have a job to do, so you should act respectfully when approached, but remember that you have rights!
When approached, ask for the reporter’s name and the name of his or her publication or network.
Reporters and camera operators can approach you in public areas ONLY and are not permitted in residence facilities, classrooms, dining halls, and other locations.
You are under no obligation to respond to media inquiries and can refuse to answer any and all questions, if that is your preference.
If you feel that you are being approached in an inappropriate way or are even being harassed, please call the Office of Campus Police Services at 771.2345.
If you choose to answer questions, THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK, and respond based on what you KNOW with certainty. Above all, avoid speculating and hypothesizing.
Reporters often frame their questions to bring out the conflict in a story. When answering, be honest and direct, and don’t be lulled into flippancy, forced humor, or repeating negative words used in the reporter’s question.
If you would like advice or assistance in dealing with media requests, please contact the Department of Public Relations & Communications at 771-2368.