Information for the Media

June 27, 2011

The Public Affairs News Service Office is responsible for media relations activities and editorial content for the UGA.EDU home page and UGA Today and production of the faculty/staff newspaper, all of which promote the University of Georgia's strategic messages of teaching, research and service. The office is supported by the Department of Broadcast, Video and Digital Imaging.

Editors and reporters requiring information about the University of Georgia may contact:

News and Information

Cynthia C. Hoke, Director

Public Affairs News Service
Office: 706/542-1024
Mobile: 706/201-0644
Email: cchoke@uga.edu

Stephanie Schupska, Public Relations Coordinator

Public Affairs News Service
Office: 706/542-6927
Email: schupska@uga.edu

Sara Freeland, Public Relations Coordinator

Public Affairs News Service
Email: freeland@uga.edu
Office: 706/542-8077

April Reese Sorrow, Public Relations Specialist (Research Writer)

Public Affairs News Service
Office: 706/542-7991
Email: aprilr@uga.edu

Pete Konenkamp, Broadcast Coordinator

Broadcast, Video and Photography
Office: 706/542-8080
Email: pkonenka@uga.edu

Digital Imaging (Still and Video)

Steve Bell, Director

Broadcast, Video and Photography
Office: 705/542-8089
Email: sbell@uga.edu

Rick O'Quinn, Digital Imaging Services Coordinator

Broadcast, Video and Photography
Office: 706/542-8085
Email: roquinn@uga.edu

For a quick response to your media inquiry, the following information is helpful:

  1.  A concise explanation of what you need (including whether you need an interview or information only)
  2. The context in which you are planning to use the information, which will allow us to gather the appropriate information for you
  3. Allowing ample time to pull together information if your request involves compiling data
  4. Allowing ample time to contact faculty experts, if possible
  5. Providing the following contact information: office telephone, mobile number and email address
  6. Providing the deadline for when you need the information or interview
  7. Providing a time when you will be available if you need to speak with an expert faculty member or administrator

Media representatives may request digital images of UGA individuals, events, campus scenes and buildings. Images may be selected from the Photo Services website at photo.alumni.uga.edu. For information on requesting images and policies on photo and video shoots on campus, contact 706/542-8089.

News Releases

News releases are disseminated to media daily. Through the Vocus news management system, we select the media for which we determine the news release is most appropriate. We also send all UGA news releases to those media representatives who have requested them. We maintain a news archive to which all news releases are posted. To access the archive, see news.uga.edu. If you would like to be added to the media list to receive all news releases, call 706/542-1024.

A University of Georgia archive of all news releases is maintained at news.uga.edu.

Find an Expert

The University of Georgia maintains a directory of experts who can provide commentary on any number of issues. To access the directory of experts, see news.uga.edu/experts. You may locate an expert by way of a keyword search.

Communications policies

The UGA Public Affairs Division oversees policies and protocols regarding a variety of media relations topics and identity, including the following:

  1. Use of the university name, seal and logos
  2. Open Records
  3. Editorial Style Guide

The University of Georgia shares information about students in accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

University of Georgia officials do not comment on protected personnel matters or matters in litigation.

Need general information about the University of Georgia? Explore the following webpages:

News Service

Director
Cynthia Hoke

706 / 542-8083
Public Relations Coordinator
Stephanie Schupska

706 / 542-6927
Public Relations Coordinator
Sara Freeland

706 / 542-8077
Science Writer
April Sorrow

706 / 542-7991

Broadcast, Video and Photography

Director
Steve Bell

706 / 542-8089
Broadcast Coordinator
Pete Konenkamp

706 / 542-8080
Photography
Rick O‘Quinn

706 / 542-8085