Public Relations

Public Relations / Media Relations

One of the most important functions of the Office of External Relations is to communicate the Park University story -- its unique vision, the critical role Park plays in serving those who serve their communities and their country, and the University’s growing impact, both nationally and internationally. Critical to this function is our liaison work with member sof the media and the outlets they serve. The goal is to ensure that information disseminated to the public is accurate and that the University's messages are consistent and professional.

The media relations staff in the Office of External Relations interact with local, regional and national news media to facilitate coverage of significant events and activities of the Park community, including its 40 campus centers nationwide. We also manage Park’s Twitter, account and helps journalists connect with Park University experts. We’re a journalistic team in our own right and cover University events and accomplishments for Park publications such as The Crow's Nest newsletter and Park University Magazine, as well as for rotating features on Park’s website.

Park University policy stipulates that all requests for interviews or information from the media must be routed through the Office of External Relations, including those from student media outlets. Faculty, staff and students are asked to notify Office of External Relations staff as soon as possible if contacted by a member of the media for information or comment.

The Office of External Relations also works with academic units and administrative departments on the best methods of communicating with various internal and external audiences. Our expertise lies in making the most effective use of University resources to reach a targeted audience or multiple markets. The Office of External Relations is also responsible for alerting the Park community in the event of severe weather or other emergencies.

Services

  • Write and distribute media alerts and news releases.
  • Generate news stories and photographs.
  • Connect media with faculty experts, staff and students.
  • Coordinate all news media visits to Park's Kansas City area campuses, and assist other campuses when requested.
  • Consult with academic units and administrative departments on communication strategies and messaging.
  • Manage the University's emergency-alert notification system, ParkAlert.
  • Advise Kansas City area media on weather-related closings, postponements and other schedule changes.
  • Photography services (assisting in hiring freelance photographers)

Staff in the Office of External Relations depend on their Park colleagues to provide information when events are planned or when a faculty member, staff or student has received an award or has other good news to share. We want to hear from you! Submit your news and/or event-related information to communication@park.edu.

Contact

For more information on public relations/media relations services, contact:

Brad Biles
Director of Communications and Public Relations
brad.biles@park.edu
(816) 584-6888


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