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News and Public Affairs

NPA members working together to present the latest news and research from the College.

Team Members

Debra Levey Larson (team leader)
217-244-2880
dlarson@illinois.edu

  • Agricultural and Consumer Economics
  • Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences
  • Office of Research
Stephanie Henry

217-244-1183
slhenry@illinois.edu

  • Animal Sciences
  • Division of Nutritional Sciences
  • Food Science and Human Nutrition
  • Human Development and Family Studies

Leanne Lucas
217-244-2862
llucas@illinois.edu

  • Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Lauren Quinn
217-300-2435
ldquinn@illinois.edu

  • Crop Sciences
Provides collegewide communications expertise and support, with an emphasis on science reporting to educate the general public, and disseminates this information through various media outlets.

Send us info: Please send information about the event/announcement or a PDF of your paper (before it’s published, if possible) to the News and Public Affairs writer assigned to your unit.

Is it news?

News and Public Affairs writers can help determine newsworthiness and appropriate scope of distribution. Here are some of the things we think about:

  • Impact. Who cares about this, or why should people care?
  • Timeliness. A story might be timely in response to a current event, on the anniversary of something significant, or newly published research, for instance.
  • Prominence or proximity. We can help determine how broadly a news release should be distributed. (For example, an announcement about a local event may be national news if it involves a celebrity.)
  • The bizarre. Something unusual, unique, quirky, or gee-whiz cool may be newsworthy. A method of data collection out of the ordinary, for example, might constitute a news story.
  • Conflict and controversy. Conflict oftens makes for news, and every discipline has its own controversies (climate change and "food vs. fuel" being relevant at present).
  • Trends. What is the general public talking about? (e.g. childhood obesity, financial crisis, etc.)
  • Human interest. An atypical personal story can be of interest to news outlets. One example might be if the researcher has a unique history or circumstance.

Your approval is required

Unlike outside media, writers in ACES News and Public Affairs will never send out a story without giving you an opportunity to make changes or corrections or before you have given your approval.

High-resolution images

Compelling photos or graphics enhance a story. Our writers may ask for your assistance in obtaining an appropriate photo, or we’ll help set up a photo shoot with an ITCS photographer.