Public Relations/Media

The SEAS Communications Office works, in coordination with the FAS Communications Office and the University News Office, with students, faculty, and staff to publicize newsworthy research findings, awards, and events both internally (Harvard media) and externally (local, national, and international media).

The primary ways to engage with the media include issuing press releases (or media notices) and "pitching" stories to reporters and writers. In addition, highlighting news and research on the SEAS website, Harvard website, and related internal sites also helps to generate media and public interest.

Timely News Coverage

If you are interested in highlighting recent research, major grants, initiatives, or awards, please coordinate these efforts with the Communications Office.

When appropriate, the SEAS and/or FAS Communications Office/s will draft the release (with your input/final approval) and coordinate outreach to various media sources (including general and technical publications and internal Harvard publications).

Given the volume of publications, awards, and other activities by Harvard faculty the SEAS/FAS Communications Offices may not be aware of pending publications. Always feel free to let us know about upcoming work (with as much notice as possible).

Note: Occasionally, prior to publication of a major research paper or in anticipation of a major award (for example) the SEAS or FAS Communications will reach out directly to a faculty member, researcher, or graduate student.

Photographs of you and/or your work intended to accompany the press release can be requested from the Communications Office (communications@seas.harvard.edu) or by calling 617.495.8837 to place a request for one of the Harvard News Office photographers.

Less Timely News Coverage

Some news and activities (such as events) may be less suited for a press release (e.g., a trend story on particular developments of research, a human interest story, a profile, etc.). Examples include:

In such cases, the Communications Office will work with members of the SEAS community to "pitch" stories to Harvard-based publications (e.g. Gazette, Crimson, Harvard Magazine).

Generating coverage from events is also possible. In such cases, coverage is typically limited to large-scale events (e.g. Arts First or the SEAS Launch).

For more details on how to receive potential coverage please contact the Communications Office (communications@seas.harvard.edu.