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 UCFâ€™s values of integrity, scholarship, community, creativity and excellence.
If you are a member of the media, you can receive news releases fromÂ our office.Â CallÂ 407-823-5007 or e-mailÂ firstname.lastname@example.org 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.Â News & Information has a dedicated line for media working on breaking news or after hours. To reach staff immediately during these situations, media must callÂ 407-823-5300.
For non-breaking stories, media are invited toÂ contactÂ one of the followingÂ UCF News & Information staff members directly:
Chad Binette, Director, 407-823-6312, email@example.com
Zenaida GonzalezÂ Kotala, Senior Communications Coordinator, 407-823-6120, firstname.lastname@example.org
Courtney Gilmartin, Assistant Director and Public Information Officer for UCF Police, 407-823-5007, email@example.com
Gene Kruckemyer, News Editor / Writer, 407-823-1637, firstname.lastname@example.org
Reporting and Filming on Campus
UCFÂ 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 contactÂ UCFÂ News &Â InformationÂ atÂ 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. UCFâ€™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 emailed to Courtney Gilmartin at email@example.com. 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 â€śmediaâ€ť 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 â€śmediaâ€ť decal, as their vehicle is considered a valid permit.
Media can park in any lot on campus, excluding fire lanes, handicapped spaces orÂ 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 Communications and Marketing division office at 12443 Research Parkway, Suite 301, in the Central Florida Research Park, adjacent to campus. ClickÂ here for a map.
For directions to UCFâ€™s main campus, clickÂ 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 Floridaâ€™s â€śsunshineâ€ť laws.
All media requests for public records should go through the UCF News & Information office, where weâ€™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 â€śdirectoryâ€ť information, may not be disclosed. Social Security numbers and some employee evaluative material are also exempt from the public records law.