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FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the purpose of York’s Media Relations department ?
York University's Media Relations team handles the flow of information about York University to external audiences including media and the general public.

Where can I find the latest news from York University ?
York Media Relations distributes information to the general public in the form of releases, statements, advisories, alerts, and bulletins using various forms of media.  All releases are prioritized and archived in a searchable form on the Media Relations home page.

Who should I contact if I am a member of the news media?
The news media is asked to directly contact Media Relations for assistance with any stories out of York University. Media intending to visit our campuses are asked to make their presence known to the Media Relations department.

Is there a way to receive automated news updates from York University?
An archive of current media releases for public consumption can be found here. Releases are also searchable by topic and key word.

Where else can I find out about York University news?
Up-to-date news and event information from York University – including its faculties, student groups and administration areas - is also available through a number of external social media outlets including Facebook and Twitter.

What should I do if I want to speak to someone at York for a story that will appear in the news media?
The news media is asked to directly contact Media Relations for assistance with any stories out of York University. Media intending to visit any of our campuses are asked to make their presence known to the Media Relations department.

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If am a member of the York community with an idea for a news release, who should I contact? How does the process work?
Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to submit potential news release ideas directly to Media Relations. Media relations staff evaluate items based on news value, timeliness, and current demand.

What kinds of stories/news are you looking for?
Media Relations is looking for the following components when it evaluates news items:

  • York U content: Is the story primarily about York and York research?
  • Interest to the world outside of York: Is the item of interest to those outside the university? Would someone who has no affiliation to our institution be interested in reading about this in a newspaper or seeing a story about it on TV?
  • Availability: Are the researchers or experts related to the story available and willing to speak to media? For an event, are the presenters or participants amenable to media coverage?