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Salt Lake Community College
Policies and Procedures Manual

ADMINISTRATIVE

NEWS RELEASE & COLLEGE SPOKESPERSON
CHAPTER 3

POLICY 1.01 PDF
Board of Trustees Approval: 04/09/2014
Date of Last Cabinet Review: 02/21/2017
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I. POLICY

The College President and the Director of Public Relations are the official spokespersons for the College. They will determine how official College news is released to the media to ensure consistency, accuracy and veracity. They may choose to perform that function, or delegate it as appropriate. In the event other officers or employees of the College are asked by the media for comments or information, the procedure to approve a spokesperson is to be followed.

The Director of Public Relations in the Institutional Marketing and Communications Department shall be the College contact for official news and information disseminated to the media through all channels of communication (news releases, media alerts, public service announcements, in-coming & out-going media calls, social media posts). Any documented occurrences in which this policy is not followed will be referred directly to division leadership of that area.

Salt Lake Community College
Policies and Procedures Manual

ADMINISTRATIVE

NEWS RELEASE & COLLEGE SPOKESPERSON
CHAPTER 1
PROCEDURE FOR POLICY 1.05
Cabinet Approval: 12/18/2012
Date of Last Cabinet Review: 12/18/2012
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PROCEDURES

  1. The President or Director of Public Relations (or their designee) conveys the official College position on issues of general College-wide impact.

  2.  All inquiries from the media should be referred to the Director of Public Relations. Such notification is important so that inquiries can be handled to ensure a clear, timely, coordinated and consistent College response.

  3. In cases of institutional significance to the College, the Director of Public Relations will work with other College officials to issue statements or positions to detail facts of the issue and summarize the College’s position.

  4. In the event of a crisis or emergency situation, the Director of Public Relations will handle all contacts with the media, and will coordinate information flow from the College to the public. In such situations, all College departments should refer calls from the media to the Director of Public Relations.

  5. Since positive media exposure is an essential element of the College’s communications plan, all ideas for articles, awards, student profiles or feature stories that positively portray the institution and its work in the community should be directed to the Director of Public Relations. Conversely, the Director of Public Relations should be notified if negative occurrences could rise to the level of a news story.