Office of Public Affairs
Media releases cover major events, administrative appointment notices, and developments of interest to the public.
Folio is the University of Alberta's official newspaper; it is published by the Office of Public Affairs every two weeks from September to June. Its mandate is to serve as a credible news source for internal audiences.
ExpressNews provides daily website information about University issues, programs, people, and events.
What would eventually become the University of Alberta's Office of Public Affairs was initially established in 1965 as the Information Office. In 1967, it was expanded and renamed the Public Relations Office. The Public Relations Office was responsible for publications, public relations, and fundraising.
The Publications Office split from Public Relations in 1968, and, the following year, a Fund Development Office was established. By 1970, four separate offices were in place: Alumni, Public Relations, Publications, and Fund Development. With the exception of the Alumni Office, Public Relations, Publications, and Fund Development were amalgamated in 1978 and were named Office of Community Relations.
By 1984, the Office of Community Relations was providing media and community relations services, publications, graphic design services, and public relations consultation services for academic and administrative units. The Office was renamed Office of Public Affairs in 1986.
The twenty-first century Office of Public Affairs leads communications and public information for the University of Alberta. As a conduit of information, it receives and provides information regarding University research, activities, people, events, and issues.
With a mandate to build and protect the reputation and image of the University of Alberta, the Office of Public Affairs works collaboratively with the faculties and central administration by providing media relations, issues management, and strategic communications planning.
Chief responsibilities of the Office of Public Affairs include:
- media relations and issuing media releases
- overseeing such University news services as Folio and ExpressNews and publications such as annual reports, viewbooks, and brochures
- community relations programs and community consulting
- podcasting and video production
- strategic communications planning
- survey and focus groups
- special events