Faculty Media Relations: Opportunities for Civic Engagement – Nov. 11

Elon faculty experts can contribute to the institution, their disciplines and the broader community through working with the media.

Professor Jeffrey Pugh discussing "Ryan, Religion & the White House" on CNN.
When: November 11, 2014  12-1 p.m.

Where: Lindner 206

Elon is fortunate to have a wealth of experts on a wide range of topics. Working with the media is a valuable opportunity to promote scholarly ideas, inform a large audience and contribute to Elon’s impact on communities near and far.

Faculty expertise is particularly important in the context of univerisities’ educational missions of informing citizens and voters on critical issues. This conversation will explore the benefits of working with media, explain what types of expertise and research may appeal to news organizations, and share with faculty the resources available to them through the Office of University Communications.

Of particular interest to many faculty members in recent years is the Elon University Writers Syndicate. In line with its value of civic engagement, Elon University developed the Elon University Writers Syndicate to provide newspapers with guest columns authored by experts in their fields on topics of interest to residents of North Carolina and beyond. The syndicate is managed by the Elon University News Bureau in coordination with faculty contributors.

Assistant Professor Jason Husser with Fox8 regarding the government 2013 shutdown.
Eric Townsend, director of Elon University News Bureau, and Jason Husser, Faculty Fellow for Civic Enagement, will lead a lunch discussion for faculty interested in sharing their expertise with external audiences through television, radio or newspapers, including newspaper opinion pieces.

Sponsored by the Office of University Communications and the Council on Civic Engagement