The News Bureau is located in the Office of University Communications and Marketing. It 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 and portal.

The News Bureau 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 News Bureau director serves as a University spokesperson and manages crisis communication. The News Bureau also coordinates Southeast news conferences.

The News Bureau 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. The News Bureau works with faculty, department chairs and administrators to identify and pitch stories with regional, national and local media appeal.

The News Bureau also manages hometown student news, distributing announcements to students via the Merit platform by email, social media, online and through local newspapers. The News Bureau also manages the distribution of news throughout the University’s website.

The News Bureau writes and edits the twice-weekly Southeast Newswire, an electronic newsletter distributed to University faculty and staff. The News Bureau also responds to questions submitted to the University’s Rumor Mill, an online forum designed to improve communication among administration and the University’s faculty, staff, students and external constituents. The News Bureau also maintains the University’s Master Calendar.

Please contact the News Bureau at (573) 651-2552 or ahayes@semo.edu.