Public Communications Workshop for Faculty Moved to March 3 [UPDATED]

Program advises faculty on effective communications in a digital age

Duke’s annual communications workshop for faculty has been moved to the morning of Friday, March. 3.

Now in its 15th year, the workshop has helped hundreds of faculty and other campus community members effectively communicate about their research and scholarship using a wide range of tools.

The two-hour workshop is designed to be short and practical. Attendees will leave with a deeper understanding of the state of the media and information landscape today for those who want to engage with the public through the media about their work.

Topics to be covered include: how to handle an interview and become a source for reporters; an overview of social media tools and how, when and why to use them; new media opportunities, and online reputation building and management. There will be opportunities for attendees to participate in mock interviews, and a panel discussion featuring faculty members who frequently engage with broadcast and social media.

More than 40 faculty members have attended each of the previous sessions, which received favorable evaluations for being helpful and worthwhile.

“Duke faculty are directly engaged with the important issues of our time,” said Mike Schoenfeld, vice president for public affairs and government relations. “We saw this clearly during our year-long Campaign Stop 2016 project, which featured more than 200 faculty members commenting publicly on various aspects of the election. Many of these faculty members participated in this annual workshop, learning not only how to interact effectively with reporters, but how to use digital and social media to communicate more broadly.”

Duke’s Office of News & Communications (ONC) sponsors and leads the workshop, and all faculty are invited to attend. The workshop will take place from 9-11:15 a.m. March 3 in a yet-to-be-determined location.

Space is limited, so please RSVP by Feb. 28 here.