The University of Massachusetts Amherst

News and Media Relations

The Office of News and Media Relations promotes the university's achievements and distinctions to the news media, the campus community, alumni, parents, government officials, and the general public. Tell us your story, be it about a research finding, a significant grant, a notable event, a professional accomplishment, an innovative teaching program, or community outreach. We’ll share it with others through news releases, tip sheets, media advisories, press conferences, web postings, social media, opinion pieces, photo slideshows, live-shot TV interviews, and news and marketing videos.

Calling us and making a personal connection often yields the best results. Tell the receptionist your topic and we’ll connect you with our reporter who handles that area. Submit background information to

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

The Office of News and Media Relations also manages the campus online Events Calendar, a centralized listing of all UMass Amherst events that helps give your events the maximum visibility.

We can help you:

  • Make a major announcement or handle a flurry of media interest, especially one involving university policy.
  • 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.
  • Provide local newspapers and websites with customized news about the achievements of individual students.

News and Media Relations also coordinates all emergency communications made in response to severe weather or threats to public health or safety, takes part in campus emergency drills, and helps evaluate responses.


Ed Blaguszewski
Executive Director of Strategic Communications and Special Assistant to the Vice Chancellor
(413) 545-2986