Department of Communications
166 Rose Administration Building
Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0144
phone: (205) 348-5320
fax: (205) 348-8320
The Department of Communications provides consistent and clear communication to the university’s key constituencies. We offer a full range of services including strategic communications planning, news and feature writing, media relations, internal communication, and crisis communications, among others.
We provide the latest news and information to UA faculty, staff, students and other constituent groups.
The UA News Center features news for students, faculty and staff, media and research. It also uses video, photography and narrative to tell the UA story to our various audiences, serving as a hub for finding information on campus resources and calendars.
To submit a request for coverage of a news story or event, please submit one of the online submission forms.
We provide comprehensive media relations services to the University community, working closely with state, regional and national media to publicize student and faculty research, faculty expertise and University programs and events. We also work closely with our communications partners across the University to coordinate media contacts.
Pitching stories to the media
Our communications team is responsible for writing, editing and pitching stories based on news value as it aligns with the four pillars of the university’s strategic plan. It is our priority to identify stories with potential for national and regional coverage that will continue to elevate the academic reputation of our university. For guidance on pitching stories to the media, contact Cresandra Smothers, Interim Director of Communications.
Our team is available to provide professional training and assistance to units seeking to promote its faculty and staff to the media. To request media training, contact Cresandra Smothers, Interim Director of Communications.
The Department of Communications works closely with university leadership in crisis management and communication to disseminate accurate and timely information. Our professionals focus on developing and executing effective communications plans that enhance and support the goals of the university.
For immediate assistance with a potential crisis issue, please contact Monica Watts, Associate Vice President for Communications.