Submitting Your News and Story Ideas

San Diego State University Strategic Communications and Public Affairs produces several high visibility print and online products used to communicate with the campus community, news media and other audiences.

We welcome submissions from students, faculty, staff and alumni for distribution to the general and specialized audiences via our products, including the SDSU home page, SDSU NewsCenter and affiliated e-newsletters, and 360 Magazine.

To help streamline collecting and distributing your news, please read the following guidelines.

Where to submit items

Submit news items using the below form. This places your idea in a electronic inbox where the team will review your submission. A response to your submission could take up to one week.

If you have an item specifically for publication in 360 Magazine, send it to [email protected] for review.

If your school or college, department or program has its own communicator on staff, please contact him or her first. Several of these individuals have established working relationships with the Strategic Communications and Public Affairs team and should be your initial point of contact when you have news or story ideas to share.

To promote an on-campus event, simply gather finalized details (event title, date, time, location, admission cost, contact information, etc.) and submit to the SDSU Events Calendar at least six to eight weeks before the event.

FAQs: Submitting Story Ideas

To help us promote your project or activity, look for these news elements as a way to strengthen your story idea:

  • Uniqueness: Are you doing something that hasn’t been done before? What is the fresh twist?
  • Utility: Will your information be particularly useful in some way to a general or specialized audience?
  • Human interest: Are there any appealing individuals with whom the audience can identify?

We especially value stories that advance the mission of the university; stories that share about how the research and teaching happening here are of direct benefit to society. If you know about a project or program that enhances quality of life, stimulates the economy, improves health care or education, or otherwise positively influences the world in tangible ways, we want to hear about it.

There are so many events on campus that we can’t possibly publicize them all. In most cases, events are better submitted to the SDSU Events Calendar. There are occasionally exceptions for unique events or those likely to spark wide interest.

Stories about grants and awards rarely appeal to a broad audience and are discouraged. However, stories that focus on the work that is being done as a result of a grant are of greater interest and will be considered.

We prefer to receive submissions through the form on this webpage but will also take them as a Word document attachment to an email message to our SDSU Media Relations team.

If your news is or will be posted on your own website, please email us the link. If you are not asking for a media distribution but would like your news considered for posting on our SDSU NewsCenter, just sending the link is sufficient.

 It's important that you include all of the crucial information (such as timing, funding, collaborators, etc.) relative to your story.

Please be sure and include names, titles and contact information of anyone who might need to be interviewed.

In terms of overall content you submit, think “less is more.” In other words, keep it short and to the point. We will review your submission and get back to you to request more information or set up an interview.

We reserve the right to edit submissions for length if they exceed our word limits and we may return lengthy items to you to condense.
Please avoid:
  • Overstatement and cliché
  • Claims to be the first, the only or unique unless you can prove it
  • Contrived quotes that merely get someone’s name in the copy
  • Grammar, spelling and punctuation errors

Mistakes that delay or prevent publication or distribution:

  • Providing insufficient or inaccurate information, especially for addresses, spellings and job titles
  • Omitting the name and phone number of a contact who can answer questions
  • Submitting an item too late for publication deadlines
Once you have submitted your story idea, SDSU Media Relations can help judge the newsworthiness of your item and help you refine a release to maximize media attention. 
Two weeks lead time is appreciated, but we recognize the need to sometimes publish important items on short notice. Let us know if there is a specific date by which your news must be posted, and please allow plenty of time before then for us to edit, format and schedule your story. 

We will consider submitted, high-resolution, publication-quality photographs, such as headshots, candids portraying the activity the story is about and scientific images if the content is clear enough to be explained in a brief caption.

Please include a caption and credit information for each submitted photo.

We are unlikely to use poorly composed, focused or lit photos.

You can send your photos directly to SDSU Media Relations.