The role of Gallaudet's Office of University Communications is to communicate the University's strategic messages to its key constituencies which includes the campus community (students, faculty, and staff at the University and the Clerc Center), prospective students and their parents, media, alumni, donors, members of Congress, the Board of Trustees, the Washington, D.C. community, deaf and hard of hearing people throughout the nation, and the general public.
Some of the key areas in which the office supports the university include:
The Office of University Communications heads the Gallaudet University Marketing (GUM) group which provides coordination of various offices and departments across the campus to ensure a unified and professional presence at off campus conferences and exhibitions.
Marketing and Creative Services, a group within the Office of University Communications, develops print, web, video and other content aimed at showcasing the outstanding academic and campus life at Gallaudet to recruit prospective undergraduate and graduate students.
In an effort to provide support to the campus community and to establish a consistent "look" and brand for the University, the Office of University Communications has developed a system for creative service requests. These tools are designed for marketing and promoting the university and its programs to our external publics, particularly potential students. Priority will be given to those requests that directly support the goals of the Gallaudet Strategic Plan.
The office is also responsible for monitoring the use of the Gallaudet logo and co-branded department and program logos.
The Office of University Communications handles media inquiries received by the University and distributes press releases and promotes news about the University among key members of the media. The office receives numerous media inquiries from throughout the U.S. and worldwide.
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The office will coordinate interviews with the appropriate students, faculty and staff depending on the nature of the request and provide assistance with preparing for the interview including a review of media interview techniques, how to answer difficult questions, and develop talking points. If you are contacted directly by the media regarding a University matter, or if you are planning to give an interview in your area of expertise and would like help in preparing for an interview, please contact the Office of University Communications.
We are always looking for good stories from the campus community to promote in our publications and to the media. There are several ways you can share a good story with the Office of Communications and Public Relations:
If there are any publications you would like to have feature Gallaudet or your program, please send us an email at email@example.com.
Publications coordinated and produced by the Office of University Communications include:
The office serves as the video creation entity for all web and television based media for showcasing and promoting our wonderful community. The Video Services department assists in providing professional services in developing professional video projects and works in liaison with all academic and campus-wide departments. This office responds to all requests and works in planning your project from inception to completion in keeping the Gallaudet University mission true.
The office oversees the content and design of the top-tier University websites as well as key departmental websites which include the Office of the President and the Board of Trustees. University Communications works in cooperation with various other offices and departments on campus, such as Gallaudet Technical Services, to maintain the University's overall website.
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