About

The Office of University Communications is the central communications organization of the University of Pittsburgh. The office manages the reputation of the University; develops and establishes communications strategies and tactics in support of Pitt's mission as a leader in education, pioneer in research, and partner in regional development; and provides communications advice and counsel to Pitt leaders.

A variety of media are engaged to advance the efforts of University Communications. Traditional mass media and digital/social media are employed to communicate to external audiences and internal stakeholders the many Pitt stories of achievement, progress, and momentum. The publication of news and information trumpeting victories, triumphs, discoveries, contributions, awards, and honors of the people and programs of Pitt is at the core of these activities. University Communications also issues official releases, announcements, and messages concerning events and breaking news.

Target external audiences reached through the activities and programs of University Communications include national, regional, and local media; prospective students, their parents, and college advisers; alumni; all levels of government officials; higher education administrators and faculty members; alumni; donors and donor prospects; opinion leaders; and the broader community.

Internal audiences include the faculty, staff, and administrators of the University, as well as Pitt students.

Pitt Magazine, a quarterly publication with a print circulation of more than 300,000 and an online edition, and the Pitt Chronicle, a weekly print and online internal newspaper, are published by University Communications as the University's flagship communications news sources. University Communications also produces PittMed magazine for the medical school and oversees the University Times biweekly newspaper, as well as the production of various communications projects for Pitt schools, colleges, and other academic and administrative entities.

University Communications handles news media inquiries seeking official responses from the University. Such inquiries made to University faculty, staff, and administrators are referred to the vice chancellor for communications, who is Pitt's primary spokesperson, or to the senior associate director of news.

The office's staff has active memberships in the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, the Public Relations Society of America, the International Association of Business Communicators, and the Pittsburgh Black Media Federation. Between the years 2000 and 2013, these and other organizations bestowed upon communications professionals in University Communications more than 500 awards, prizes, and recognitions.

Office of the Vice Chancellor for Communications

University Communications includes the divisions of News Services and Communications Services as well as the University Times.

400 Craig Hall
200 South Craig Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
412-624-8891
Fax: 412-624-4895

Communications Services

Communications Services provides the University with graphic design, typesetting, scanning, illustration, writing, editing, marketing consultation, Web sites, advertisement design, promotional video production, and printing services. Communications Services also governs institutional identity issues, coordinates correct use of the University's logo, provides editing for University writing style, and advises on graphics-standard issues.

Communications Managers and Art Directors for Print
400 Craig Hall
200 South Craig Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
412-624-4147
Fax: 412-624-1021

Web Team and Administrative Offices
200 Forbes Pavilion
3525 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
412-624-0409
Fax: 412-624-7682

Print Shop
B-10 Cathedral of Learning
4200 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260

News Services

News Services handles contacts and relations with the news media and produces Pitt MagazinePittMed magazine, and the Pitt Chronicle.

400 Craig Hall
200 South Craig Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
412-624-4147
Fax: 412-624-1021

University Times

The University Times, published every two weeks, is a newspaper for Pitt faculty and staff.

308 Bellefield Hall
315 South Bellefield Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
412-624-1373
Fax: 412-624-4579