Do you have a great CAUS story idea to share?
Revolutionary research? Amazing alumnus? Super student? Inspiring instructor? Dedicated donor? Prized partner? Share it with us by filling out the form below.
Before completing this form, please review the submission guidelines on the right-hand side of this page, which explain how stories are selected and published – and your role in making it possible.
Once you’ve submitted your story request, you’ll receive a confirmation from firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll try to respond within two weeks to let you know the status of your request. If you have difficulties with this form or need to contact someone immediately about a story, please email Chief Advancement Officer Holly Kobia at email@example.com.
What is a CAUS story?
In submitting your idea or news item, please remember that a story is what you’d most like to read. Readers want stories that are interesting, visual, and relevant to their lives and the world they live in.
Stories must support the CAUS communication mission: to showcase through good visual storytelling the positive impact that the Virginia Tech College of Architecture and Urban Studies has on the world through its students, faculty, graduates, and partnerships.
The main elements of a good story include:
- A compelling, newsworthy, or unusual human-interest topic/angle.
- Alignment with college and university strategic goals.
- Involvement of CAUS students, alumni, faculty, staff, community, partners.
- Positive impact on our community and world.
- Strong visuals – showing people, action, and impact.
- Timeliness, currency, and relevance to today’s hot topics and pressing concerns.
Story ideas that meet these guidelines will have the best chance of being reported and published.
There are many options for sharing your news, including news releases, media outreach, CAUS and school websites, e-newsletters, and social media. The CAUS communicator will review your story proposal and determine the best means for publishing your story, evaluating it based on the criteria above. Not all stories will be published.
Please submit requests for news releases and/or media pitching proactively – at least TWO WEEKS prior to the event date. Requests must be submitted through the online form and align with the strategic mission and guidelines outlined above. You do not have to write the story – simply complete the online form at left. If you would like to draft and submit your own pre-written story, please note that it will be edited to meet college and university style guidelines. Story requests for prescheduled/pre-arranged events that have already passed cannot be accommodated.
Requests for Virginia Tech campus notices and events calendar listings should be submitted as follows:
Submit a Virginia Tech Campus Notice here for news/information of importance to the overall campus community, as well as to the extended community of satellite campuses; faculty, staff, and students residing on and off campus; parents; and the community at large.
Submit a Virginia Tech Events Calendar listing here to post to the university’s online event calendar. It lists activities and events that are sponsored by Virginia Tech students, faculty, or staff organizations or held on the Virginia Tech campus and are open to the university. Items for listing on the event calendar are submitted by authorized sponsors (colleges, departments, registered student organizations, etc.). All colleges, departments, or registered student organizations should have access to submit an event. To request authorization, send an e-mail to the VT News staff.
Thanks for sharing your stories and helping CAUS showcase its importance and impact through good storytelling. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions and comments.