Media Relations

Media Relations

Media Policy

The University Communications office aims to service media requests with accurate, transparent and timely information. We partner with the media to help tell the story of the university and its leadership, faculty, staff, students and alums.

As a public institution, the university permits media representatives to photograph and film in public, outdoor spaces on UMD’s campus. We encourage all members of the media who are visiting to notify University Communications in advance by emailing, calling 301.257.0073 or communicating directly with any member of the University Communications staff. This allows us to help coordinate interviews, if possible, offer parking options and provide helpful information. Exceptions include members of the media covering athletic events. These individuals should coordinate directly with the Maryland Athletics media relations team.

Media Policy & FAQs

Media Advisories

A media advisory is an announcement to members of the media about an event, such as a press conference, forum or speaker series. It is presented in an easy-to-read format and contains specific details, such as date, time, location and important participants. A media advisory provides an overview of the event and makes it easy for reporters to quickly identify and share details.

Press Releases

A press release is a way to share news with reporters and bloggers, such as research findings, new initiatives, awards and accomplishments.

When writing a press release, remember to:

• include the most newsworthy information in the first paragraph
• create a compelling headline
• keep the writing style clear and concise. The writing should be easy to understand, using accessible language and avoiding jargon.

Boilerplate Copy

A boilerplate is a standard 'about us' paragraph that briefly describes an organization or group. It typically includes general information about your school, center or initiative, services offered, awards and recognitions, etc., and is located at the end of a press release.

About the University of Maryland
The University of Maryland, College Park is the state's flagship university and one of the nation's preeminent public research universities. A global leader in research, entrepreneurship and innovation, the university is home to more than 40,000 students, 10,000 faculty and staff, and 280 academic programs. As one of the Nation’s top producers of Fulbright scholars, its faculty includes two Nobel laureates, three Pulitzer Prize winners and 56 members of the national academies. The institution has a $1.9 billion operating budget and secures $514 million annually in external research funding. For more information about the University of Maryland, College Park, visit