The Office of Communications provides a number of key resources and services to faculty members seeking to communicate about their research, special events, and other related accomplishments.
- Templates for PowerPoint and Word
- Branded Zoom backgrounds
- Headers for your LinkedIn page
- Email signature templates
- Self-service photo booth where you can get professional quality photos is located in the student lounge on the 2nd floor of Kresge (no reservation needed).
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Will you help me draft an op-ed about my research?
We will gladly provide a consultation at any time. If bandwidth allows, we will help drafting an op-ed. If you have an idea you’d like help turning into an opinion piece, please reach out to Stephanie Simon to discuss.
Can I get a press release written about my research?
We regularly cover faculty research and would love to learn about your work. A couple guidelines to keep in mind:
- We write press releases about peer-reviewed, published research. Please get in touch with us as soon as the paper is accepted; we typically need a few weeks’ notice to produce a press release.
- Formal press releases are not the only way to get the word out about your research. We also do Q&As with faculty, write feature stories about your work, and publish short synopses of faculty publications.
- We’ll work with you to find the best approach; to discuss, please reach out to Todd Datz and Maya Brownstein.
A journalist has asked me to do an interview. Where can I go for support?
We recommend starting with the self-paced media training module and accompanying worksheet from the Center for Health Communication. (The Center also has a growing resource library and a monthly newsletteroffering tips on best practices for health communication.) For individual consultations about media requests, please contact Maya Brownstein or Todd Datz
Can I use the Harvard Chan Studio for an event?
The Harvard Chan Studio on the 10th floor of Kresge can be used for high-profile livestreamed events, as well as programs produced by the Office of Communications. The team that provides technical support for these events has other responsibilities as well, so we cannot guarantee the Studio will be available for your event. In some cases, you may be able to achieve the same goals through Zoom webinars that do not require the Studio’s equipment. To inquire about using the Studio, which seats an audience of 35, reach out to Christina Roache or Nick Martel.
How can I publicize an event I’m organizing on campus?
We have many avenues for promoting events:
- Submit the event to the Harvard Chan School calendar
- Submit it to the Harvard Medical School calendar
- Submit it to the Gazette calendar
- Submit a digital promotion request to get it featured in newsletters, the campus digital screens, and homepage calendar listings
- Submit it to Student News
- Submit it to Staff Heads Up
- Reach out to Karen Feldscher to suggest it for potential news coverage
- Make posters and put them up on bulletin boards around campus
How do I request professional photography services?
We cannot guarantee that our photographer will be able to cover every event, but we encourage you to use this photographic services request form. You can also consult our photo guide for tips on taking your own photos, as well as links to Harvard Chan School’s stock image libraries. For questions, email Kent Dayton
How do I update my faculty profile?
Faculty profiles are automatically created for new academic appointees. To add photos, a bio, or other details, review this guide to updating Catalyst and our FAQ. For a step-by-step demonstration, you can watch this on-demand webinar. We also recommend checking out our tips and tricks for writing a good faculty profile. For questions, contact Digital Communications.
I keep hearing about “digital accessibility” but I don’t know where to start.
All Harvard digital content must follow the University’s digital accessibility policy. This includes course content, emails, websites, and documents like PDFs. Digital Accessibility Services offers on-demand and instructor-led trainings as well as regular office hours. Questions? Reach out to Anna Fisher-Pinkert and Guillaume Molter.
Do you provide help with graphics and PPT decks?
Our creative team generally focuses on school-wide and major departmental needs; we typically do not provide graphics or design work to individual faculty members. We can connect faculty with freelance support for a variety of project types, and advise on our design and branding guidelines. For questions, reach out to Ben Wallace.
Where do I share news from my department and other story ideas?
We are always eager to hear your ideas. In addition to covering research, we regularly write profiles of faculty, researchers, or students. We also cover events and write features about fieldwork, new classes, community engagement projects, and more. Contact Todd Datz or Karen Feldscher with ideas.
How do I keep up with news from across the School?
All members of the Harvard Chan School community are automatically subscribed to Kiosk, our weekly newsletter covering School news and events. You may also want to consider subscribing to additional school newsletters, including the weekly roundup of promising ideas in public health from Harvard Public Health magazine.