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Want to join News?

Email UMC Associate Director for Strategic Communications Kevin Bersett at to register for a News training. All of the trainings are held via Zoom and are a quick review of the user guide and an opportunity to ask questions. The following trainings have been scheduled for spring 2024:

  • 1-1:30 p.m., Tuesday, January 23 (Register by January 19)
  • 10-10:30 a.m., Thursday, February 15 (Register by February 13)
  • 2-2:30 p.m., Wednesday, March 6 (Register by March 4)
  • 2:30-3 p.m., Tuesday, April 9 (Register by April 5)

Trainings are mandatory only for new users seeking access to the News system. Current users who would like a review of the system are welcome to attend but are not required to do so.

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  • University Marketing and Communications is always looking for good stories may they be about things happening on campus or alumni accomplishing extraordinary things off campus. Send ideas to Kevin Bersett.

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News writing tips

Here are some things to keep in mind when you write a News post:

  • Follow the University’s Voice and Tone and editorial style guidelines.
  • Be accurate. Double-check the spelling of names and verify factual information.
  • Know your audience. Think about for whom you are writing and what information they will need to understand the topic.
  • Think about the call to action and the purpose of the story before you write.
  • Place pertinent news information—who, what, when, where—near the top of the story.
  • Show rather than tell by including anecdotes, facts, or other details that offer insight into the people or topics you are writing about.
  • Use links to provide more information about a relevant topic.
  • Avoid redundant quotations.
  • Include, when possible, the key search term in the headline, lead paragraphs, and excerpt, and throughout the story.
  • Use subheadings to break up longer stories and to help the reader easily find relevant information.
  • Write for the reader, not for an internal audience.
  • Avoid writing by committee. Choose one writer and have others edit the story.
  • Draw in readers with interesting headlines, sidebars, photographs, and videos.