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New ways to stay informed @Queen's

 
2010-04-26

Planned changes to internal communications this spring and summer will enhance faculty and staff communications.

Gazette readership survey feedback and focus groups over the past two years have revealed the need for:
• more timely communications on administrative news and decisions
• more balanced coverage of issues that are important to faculty and staff
• more academic discussion, and
• a greater focus on people and what they do, both in the Queen’s and greater communities.

In response, two new communications vehicles are being developed that will strive to meet these needs in our ever-evolving environment.

E-Queen’s, a twice-weekly email bulletin will launch in late spring, delivering high interest and need-to-know information directly to all faculty and staff who have active email accounts. A simple format of linked titles and brief story descriptions will make for easy scanning; full stories will be just a click away for every item. This move to more electronic communications follows a trend among other universities towards creating more sustainable and effective communications programs.

Over the summer, the Queen’s Gazette will evolve into a new publication designed to complement EQueen’s. The last issue of the Gazette as we know it, for this academic year, will publish on May 25, and work will begin on designing a new look and format.

On August 30, Marketing and Communications will launch a magazine-style publication with a focused editorial direction to tell stories for and about Queen’s and the people who work here. A small rotating editorial board will collaborate on story ideas and content. Advertising opportunities will still be available to both internal and external clients.

To date, the new publication is unnamed. Check the upcoming May 25 Gazette for details about a naming contest.

In addition to the new EQueen’s bulletin and the evolving Queen’s Gazette, a re-launched Queen’s News Centre (QNC) now brings news and information to both internal and external audiences. Check www.queensu.ca/news for breaking stories, research highlights, profiles, more pictures and updates organized in “beats” for easy access.

An RSS feed from Queen’s Events Calendar appears on QNC pages (as well as the queensu.ca home page and Digital Information Network), providing quick access to what’s happening on campus in terms of upcoming events, workshops, public lectures, and more. Administrative privileges for the calendar are available to faculty and staff, as well as to some students. Statistics show that the calendar is widely used throughout the year with more than a million page views. For more information or to request access, go to www.queensu.ca/www/eventscalendar/

Social media fans can follow Principal Woolf @queensprincipal, and the Queen’s main feed, @queensu on Twitter, or join Queen’s University on Facebook at facebook.com/queensuniversity. For an index of active Queen’s social media sites, visit www.queensu.ca/www/socialmedia

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