The UTAS Communications and Media Office is responsible for the range of communication and media-related activities designed to inform staff, students, stakeholders and the public about the University of Tasmania's vision, its achievements in research and teaching, its expert commentators, and its engagement with the community through a range of activities, projects, programs and events. We do this by:
The internal communication, the Weekly Bulletin, is delivered to all UTAS staff by email every Friday. This bulletin links to news@UTAS, which can be found on the new Staff page.
Items for news@UTAS can be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org by COB Wednesday for that week.
This is a great forum to celebrate any staff successes, highlight conferences, forums, research presentations etc. We also work closely with Events and Protocol to keep the What’s On database updated, so any items of interest can be sent through to email@example.com for inclusion in the UTAS calendar of events.
It is possible to subscribe to this news service as an RSS feed.
The UTAS publication, Unitas, has been expanded to a 12-page publication. Unitas is published from March to December.
The deadlines for Unitas can be found at http://www.media.utas.edu.au/unitas along with other guidelines.
UTAS Communications and Media works with Development and Alumni in the production of Alumni News the biannual publication for UTAS alumni.
Alumni News can be found http://www.alumni.utas.edu.au/alumni-news.
Research to Reality is a regular research publication produced by UTAS Communications and Media for the office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Research). It is published three to four times a year.
All issues can be found http://www.research.utas.edu.au/grants/research_to_reality.htm.
Events, which are listed at http://www.events.utas.edu.au, is also a key place to find out what’s on at UTAS. Details about UTAS events should be sent to UTAS.firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
All UTAS media releases can be found at http://www.media.utas.edu.au/media-releases.
We are available to talk to groups or individuals about media training and can target introductory sessions for a range of needs, from PhD researchers to established academics. When developing projects it is important to consider communications planning.
Deal with the Media (UTAS staff only):
Get an article in Unitas:
Prepare a media release for a UTAS event, research update, or a free public lecture:
Organise media training for academic staff in a school or faculty:
Place a newspaper advertisement, or for information on UTAS branding and marketing:
UTAS Communications and Media also operates the UTAS expert database. This database has an external view with areas of expertise and contact details academics are comfortable making available to the media, and an internal view (only available to key staff within UTAS Communications and Media) with additional information and out-of-hours contact details if academics are happy to be contacted out of normal working hours.
It is important to note that these private numbers are not disclosed to the media by UTAS Communications and Media staff under any circumstances unless directly approved by the academic.
Conversely it is also important to note that building a media profile requires a level of accessibility outside of regular hours. This office is happy to facilitate that accessibility if academics do not want to provide the media with their private contact details.
It is difficult to update the database without regular input from the Faculty and Schools so if academics want to update their areas of expertise and contact details, they should go to http://www.studentcentre.utas.edu.au/mediaexperts/ and check their current listing. If their current listing needs updating, the new details should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with expert database in the subject line.
UTAS Communications and Media is involved with various areas of UTAS in the use, application and development of social media and other web technologies.
We are able to advise on the use of social media in communication activities, in particular appropriate use of the different technologies for different audiences.
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Authorised by the Vice-Chancellor
4 October, 2012