Guidelines, Media Contacts And More

News & Information is the primary media and public relations office for the University of Central Florida. We are dedicated to distributing university news and assisting reporters with information or faculty experts. As part of our mission, we are committed to honestly representing the university in all areas in accordance with UCF’s values of integrity, scholarship, community, creativity and excellence.

If you are a member of the media, you can receive news releases from our office. Call 407-823-5007 or e-mail courtney.gilmartin@ucf.edu to join our media list. Please provide your media affiliation and any specific beats or reporting interests.

Reporters looking for UCF experts or stories can call the News & Information office at 407-823-5007. News & Information has a dedicated line for media working on breaking news or after hours. To reach staff immediately during these situations, media must call 407-823-5300.

For non-breaking stories, media are invited to contact one of the following UCF News & Information staff members directly:

Grant Heston, Associate Vice President for Communications and Public Affairs, 407-823-5988, grant.heston@ucf.edu

Chad Binette, Director, 407-823-6312, chad.binette@ucf.edu

Zenaida Gonzalez Kotala, Senior Communications Coordinator, 407-823-6120, zenaida.kotala@ucf.edu

Courtney Gilmartin, Assistant Director and Public Information Officer for UCF Police, 407-823-5007, courtney.gilmartin@ucf.edu

Gene Kruckemyer, News Editor / Writer, 407-823-1637, gene.kruckemyer@ucf.edu

 


Reporting and Filming on Campus

UCF welcomes news media to its public campus in east Orange County. Most exterior areas are accessible to reporters and photographers. All members of the media, however, are encouraged to contact UCF News & Information at 407-823-5007 prior to filming or photographing on campus. Access may be denied or limited during an emergency or other situations when unrestricted media access may become disruptive. UCF’s main campus is best recognized for its picturesque Reflecting Pond, next to the Library. See parking guidelines and directions.

The News & Information office can provide high-quality B-roll and photographs of the campus to media. Prior clearance is required to conduct interviews, film or photograph inside campus buildings, residence halls and classrooms, or any other area that is restricted. Please call 407-823-5007 for assistance from News & Information staff.

Commercial and student crews interested in filming on campus also should call 407-823-5007 for guidelines. Crews are encouraged to call several weeks ahead if they wish to film inside campus buildings, residence halls or classrooms. Proposals for filming commercials or television shows on campus or affiliated with UCF must be approved by the university.

Requests, with a description of the product or show, should be e-mailed to Courtney Gilmartin at courtney.gilmartin@ucf.edu. Scripts that contain references to UCF may require review by university departments, including the General Counsel’s Office.


Parking and Directions

Everyone who parks on UCF’s campus must display a valid parking permit. Media in unmarked vehicles are required to display a special “media” hang tag, which may be picked up at the News & Information office before arriving on campus. Marked television trucks are not required to carry the “media” decal, as their vehicle is considered a valid permit.

Media can park in any lot on campus, excluding fire lanes, handicapped spaces or reserved parking spots. Media parking permits also are not valid in metered parking spaces.

Permits picked up at the News & Information office must be returned upon leaving campus. For pick-up and return, we are located at in the Strategy, Marketing, Communications and Admissions office at 12443 Research Parkway, Suite 301, in the Central Florida Research Park, adjacent to campus. Click here for a map.

For directions to UCF’s main campus, click here.


Public Records Requests

The State of Florida has the broadest public records and open meeting laws in the country. Since the University of Central Florida is a public university, most of the activities and materials of our work fall under Florida’s “sunshine” laws.

All media requests for public records should go through the UCF News & Information office, where we’ll be happy to assist you.

There are some exceptions to the public records laws. Proprietary information regarding research, patents and licensing is exempt. Donors who choose to remain anonymous have the right to do so. Student information, other than that considered “directory” information, may not be disclosed. Social Security numbers and some employee evaluative material are also exempt from the public records law.