Working with the Media
Members of the office work with Hamilton’s faculty, students, administrators and staff to publicize College events, accomplishments, initiatives, awards and research and to promote opinions and expert comment on issues in the news. We are able to assist members of the Hamilton community when preparing for media interviews, editing opinions for submission and alerting specific constituencies to campus news. We welcome the opportunity to work with all members of the campus community.
If a reporter contacts you directly for comment relating to your area of expertise, please respond directly and then ask for his or her name and telephone number so that someone in the media relations office can follow up with that individual to ensure that you are properly credited and to add his or her information to our data base for future reference.
It is important when working with the media to respond to requests quickly and succinctly. Rapid responses (within an hour or two) enhance our working relationships with the media. Even if we must decline a request, a quick response is appreciated. Reporters often are under extremely tight deadlines, and a delay of a day, may mean the difference between favorable coverage and a lost opportunity.
If a reporter contacts you for official comment, please ask for the person's name and telephone number so that someone in the media relations office can offer assistance And ensure that the College’s official position is communicated clearly.
That said, the College supports freedom of speech and the right of its employees to speak directly to reporters. Please keep in mind that in choosing to do so, you are speaking as an individual, not officially on behalf of the College. It is important to make that point clear to reporters. As a courtesy, we ask that you notify our media relations office of any media interviews in which you decide to participate.