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News Submissions Policies and Procedures

Submission policies for Plant Sciences website and social media

Process and Guidelines

Stories for the Plant Sciences website and social media are published regularly in order to inform faculty, staff, students, alumni and the greater NDSU community about activities, awards and other news in the department. The purpose of all stories is to present accurate and timely information through a variety of electronic means including the department website and various social media outlets. Stories may be submitted by department personnel and students. Stories will be edited for length, appropriateness and style. If you would like help covering or writing a story or event, please contact or Karen Hertsgaard ( or 701-318-4839).

Submit Stories

The preferred method to receive submissions is through the Plant Sciences News and Event Submission Form

Publication Schedule

Stories will be published at least once a week and more often depending which media outlets are utilized.

Submission Deadlines

There are no deadlines for story submissions; however, a minimum of two business days is required before publication of time-sensitive stories. The number of stories posted, as well as the media venues utilized will be determined by social media staff and committee members.


The following criteria serve as guidelines when considering articles for submission. There is a possibility that some stories may not be published, but if questions or concerns about content arise, all attempts will be made to work with the person submitting the story to revamp the article in question.

Please make sure to include in each article:

  • Story or event title
  • Dates and times of event
  • Names and titles of all participants
  • Event sponsors (if any)
  • Contact person (include all contact information)
  • At least one photograph

Stories likely to be published include, but are not limited to:

  • Announcements of upcoming professional and organizational meetings, to include special gatherings for NDSU Plant Sciences personnel
  • Reports on professional and organizational meetings
  • Faculty, staff and student awards
  • Faculty, staff or student presentations
  • Seminars
  • Field Days announcements and activities
  • Student organization meetings
  • Student organization projects, including service projects
  • Official department social activities
  • Job and scholarship opportunities
  • Introductions of new faculty and staff
  • Faculty and staff retirements
  • Outside news features on department work or awards of faculty, staff and students

Stories not likely to be published include, but are not limited to:

  • Internal announcements
  • Non-Plant Sciences related community events, even if Plant Sciences personnel are involved
  • Classified advertisements or announcements


At least one photograph should be submitted with each article. Please submit all photographs in JPEG format, 3MB or less in size. If you need a photographer, contact or Karen Hertsgaard ( or 701-318-4839)

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