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Communications Training

University Communications offers a training program tailored to the needs of NC State faculty and staff. Whether you're a researcher trying to communicate your work to the public or a communications specialist interested in creating top-notch content, we're here to help.

Our training sessions take place on a regular basis throughout the year, as well as on demand as needed. All sessions will take place in person unless otherwise indicated below. To request a custom training for an individual or group, please contact Tracey Peake. Note: social media trainings are only available once per semester via Reporter signup.

To register for a course, check out our current listings:

Communicating Science to the Public

In-Person Session

Gain hands-on practice in explaining your research without using jargon. You’ll learn how to craft an elevator pitch to help you get the attention of people outside your field — including potential supporters of your work.

Media Relations Basics

In-Person Session

Get ready to publicize your work. You’ll learn how to build relationships with reporters, prepare for interviews and handle difficult questions.

Is This a Story?

In-Person Session

Walk through the process of story discovery, how to research and collect information, the mechanics of interviewing, and tips for how to get started with your writing.  

Using NC State Editorial Style

In-Person Session

Learn the basics of what an editorial style is and how to use it, and explore highlights of NC State’s editorial style.

Strategic Voice and Tone

In-Person Session

Learn the basics of voice and tone, as well as how to use specific writing techniques to shape the voice and tone of your writing in accordance with NC State’s brand.

Crisis Communication 101

In-Person Session

Don’t panic! We’ll show you how to effectively navigate emergencies, issues and crisis communications by sharing best practices and real case studies.

Social Media 101

In-Person Session

A good social media presence can help you connect with others in your field, elevate your brand and inspire new ideas — if you use it right. Learn social media best practices to set you up for success, and come with questions for this interactive session.