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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 causnews@vt.edu. We’ll 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 the Director of Communications, Marya Barlow, at mbarlow@vt.edu.

Your Full Name: *
Your Email *
Your Role/Title/Affiliation with CAUS:
School/Department and Grad Year (if applicable)
Date of story or event
Additional Contact Information
Names, emails, and cellphones for all individuals chiefly involved in this story
Describe the story that you would like covered: *
Provide the "who, what, where, when, why, and how" of your story.
How are you involved with this story? *
How are students, alumni, or other CAUS constituents involved? *
How does this story help illustrate the value and impact of caus and/or make a compelling story? *
What visual opportunities exist for this story? *
What interesting photo and/or video opportunities exist?
When and where do you hope this story will be published? *
List any media outlets, trade and industry groups you are hoping to target with your story, in addition to VT News, with email addresses, if possible.
If you have any additional information you wish to share, please do it here.
Relevant website links/URL (one per line please)
Please include links to your website, photo drives, related stories and announcements, etc.
Upload relevant photo(s) or documents here (jpg,png,pdf,doc,docx)
Enter Caption and Photographer Credits for your photo:
Please describe what the photo depicts and the full names and roles of any individuals in the photo. If a photographer should be credited, please provide full name.
* Items marked with an asterisk (*) are required

By uploading this article and any accompanying photograph, I certify that I own the article and photo(s) or have the right to permit the College of Architecture and Urban Studies to use and publish them. I understand that all articles and photographs may be published, used or distributed in print, electronic or other media without compensation. CAUS reserves the right to reject any article and/or photograph or to edit, crop, or adjust the colors of the photograph as needed.
I agree to the above terms:

Submission Guidelines

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.

Timing/Deadlines

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 Marya Barlow, director of communications, at mbarlow@vt.edu with any questions.