Tell us your story; we'll help you share it.

You have a story to share with the public—research, grants, events, accomplishments, innovative programs, community outreach, or any number of other exciting things happening at UMass Amherst. Our team can help you get your story out to people who want to hear it. 

The promotion we do of UMass Amherst captures attention all over the world. In the 2023 fiscal year, the university received more than 24,000 earned media mentions. That's worth millions of dollars in equivalent advertising value. 

We can help you:

  • Make a major announcement or handle a flurry of media interest
  • Identify compelling stories of excellence to share with the media
  • Connect your expert faculty and staff to national TV networks for interviews in our live-shot television studio
  • Find reliable background information on campus initiatives and trends in our database of more than 40,000 news releases and story summaries dating back to 1997
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Preparing You for Your Big Moment

When you get attention for the great work you're doing, it gives us a chance to show people how special UMass Amherst can be. Let us help you get ready to put your best foot forward.

The News Office also supports the Public Engagement Project (PEP) in developing new cohorts of media-savvy faculty to showcase UMass Amherst’s expertise.  

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UMass Events Calendar

The Office of News and Media Relations also manages the online events calendar for the university. 

Helping Bring Impactful Projects to UMass

By helping the university secure grants, we help our faculty do important, meaningful work in their fields right here on campus. The Center for Braiding Indigenous Knowledges and Science (CBIKS) is a perfect example. 

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Emergency Communications

News and Media Relations plays a lead role in emergency communications, working closely with the UMass Police Department, the Office of Emergency Management, and other campus departments.

The Emergency Notification System is designed to swiftly disseminate emergency information about an incident or situation related to public health, safety, or security, and to provide instructions to the campus community. Notifications are made by way of UMass Alerts text messages, broadcast email, posts to the university home page, outdoor warning sirens, social media, an emergency-closing telephone hotline, and the emergency-closing-status web page.

Student Union in fall from the front.

Inside UMass

For stories targeted for Inside UMass, the online publication for faculty and staff, use our submission form.

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We maintain a searchable database of high-profile UMass experts in various fields. That makes it easy for media and campus communicators to find the right expert for your needs.

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Ed Blaguszewski

Executive Director of Strategic Communications and Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor

Ed Blaguszewski directs the News and Media Relations Office within University Relations.
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In my role as Director of the UMass Amherst Poll, I have had the pleasure of working closely with the team at News and Media Relations.... Without the team’s professionalism, diligence, attention to detail, and unwavering dedication to our university and the mission of public education, I can confidently say that the UMass Poll would not have received the outstanding coverage of our results from prominent state and national media outlets.

—Tatishe M. Nteta, Provost Professor of Political Science and Director of the UMass Amherst Poll