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Media Relations

Media Relations is the news, information and public relations unit of Florida State University. Because of its wide-reaching impact, FSU experts, programs and students often appear in the local and national news. University Communications is the portal for information for the news media seeking information, for faculty and staff seeking advice and assistance in working with reporters and on publicizing their accomplishments and for anyone seeking the latest university news.

News Releases/Advisories

The Media Relations group develops and disseminates news releases and advisories to media representatives around the world on university plans, people, research, unique programs, recognitions and other news at FSU. The staff has developed close professional relationships with media representatives locally and throughout the country, that have proven to be effective in proactively generating positive stories about FSU for local, state, regional, national and international audiences. News stories are provided to the Associated Press, newspapers, magazines, television and radio networks and stations, and other media outlets. Media Relations also contacts editors and writers directly with FSU news leads, and respond to news media inquiries daily. If you are involved in research or a special project – especially anything of general or consumer-related interest – let us know and we can help tell the world about it.

For additional media-related services from University Communications, please visit the NEWS section or the FOR REPORTERS section of Florida State 24/7.

  • Cultivating and enhancing relationships with the media
  • Enhancing media coverage of the university, key initiatives, news and research communications
  • Daily and weekly updates
  • Management of university news site (Florida State 24/7)
  • Pitching "experts"
  • Monitoring trends and aligning experts
  • Raising awareness of key initiatives, achievements, etc.
  • Areas of Responsibility & Liaison Assignments Document

Communication Partners

We realize that it is important for you to have a point of contact within University Communications – an individual for your staff, department chairs, and faculty to discuss story ideas, updates and achievements, as well as serve as a liaison to the resources available for your college. Please consider him/her as a true partner in your communications needs. Your Communications Partner will be working closely with University Communications resources to raise awareness and appreciation for your college and faculty.

Contacts

Media Relations

Jill Elish, Associate Director

Amy Farnum-Patronis, Assistant Director

Kara Irby, News and Copywriting Specialist

Susan Hansen, News/Research Writer

Dave Heller, News & Public Affairs Specialist