The press office at Sheffield Hallam University is a great starting point for story ideas and experts to interview. The website is full of information, stories, photos and contacts on all aspects of university and student life.

Here are some pointers from press officer Joe Field (@joemcafield) on making the most of the press team:

  • Better to ring the press office (0114 225 2811) than to email
  • Be clear and polite when contacting the press office
  • When contacting the press office give them the following information: a summary of the story you are doing,  the angle of the story, your deadline
  • Give the press office as much time as possible and don’t expect answers on the same day
  • Use the media centre website to check out university news , to access statistical information and access experts
  • Remember the press office is happy to supply photos you can use on your websites, some of which are featured on the Fast Facts page

Further pointers on finding out information and story ideas:

  • Read the Sheffield Star and follow-up on stories they have only briefly covered
  • Set up Google News Alerts for specific topics
  • Make use of press offices for public sector organisations like Sheffield City Council and The University of Sheffield
  • Use Twitter to investigate what is going on in the city