University Communications is responsible for directing both internal and external University news.
External communication is with television, radio, online, print and social media outlets throughout southeast Missouri, southern Illinois, northeastern Arkansas and western Kentucky. Internal news is communicated via the Southeast Newswire, portal and social media.
University Communications fields calls from area media seeking expert interviews with Southeast faculty and staff, and is the University’s liaison with radio, television, print and interactive media throughout the University’s service region. The director of University Communications serves as a University spokesperson. The office also manages emergency and crisis communication, and information about its SE Alerts emergency notification system is available at semo.edu/sealerts.
University Communications generates news and feature stories and distributes them to the media on campus issues, student successes, faculty research, arts and entertainment, upcoming events and Board of Regents news. It also is responsible for working with faculty, department chairs and administrators to identify and pitch stories with regional, national and local media appeal, and with coordinating news conferences.
University Communications also manages hometown student news, distributing announcements to students via the Merit platform by email, social media, online and through local newspapers. University Communications also manages the distribution of news throughout the University’s website. The Southeast Missouri State University news hub can be found online at semo.edu/news. University Communications also publishes the weekly Southeast Newswire, an electronic newsletter distributed to University faculty and staff. Visit the Southeast Newswire archives at semo.edu/news/archives.