Information for Journalists
Western Sydney University's Media Unit is here to help local, national and international media cover stories relating to the University.
We are a diverse team with expertise in news reporting, television production, radio program production, magazine writing and public relations.
We understand the qualities of a good story and the importance of deadlines.
Working journalists are encouraged to contact the Media Unit for help in researching a story, finding an expert to comment on breaking news and arranging photography or filming.
The Media Unit is in close contact with the Western's researchers, academics and higher education policy specialists. We can provide story leads specific to your needs.
Media releases on research, expert commentary and University events are frequently published on the News Centre website which has an RSS Feed facility.
The Media Unit also operates a Twitter Feed
Journalists can contact the Media Unit to enquire about the range of experts available to comment on topical issues. The Expert Opinion news feed also provides a snapshot of some of the issues that are currently being discussed by Western's experts in the media.
Western Sydney University welcomes visits by the media to their Campuses but ask journalists to first contact the Media Unit before their visit. The Media Unit can assist finding suitable locations, organising parking and ensuring the visit is productive.
The University has six campuses in the Western Sydney region.
Parking on campus can be at a premium, especially during semester, media wishing to park on Campus are strongly encouraged to contact the Media Unit for advice.
While on Campus, please follow any local parking restrictions and advisory signs. Regular parking patrols are conducted on all Campuses. The Media Unit regret we are unable to waive issued fines.
After hours contact
Journalists can reach Western's Media team anytime by calling the mobile numbers listed below.
Journalists can also reach the entire media team via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Media Unit Rounds
Politics, Arts, Social Sciences, Psychology, Culture, Health, Medicine, Business, Law, Expert Commentary
Mark Smith, Senior Media Officer
Office: (02) 9678 7075
Mobile: 0404 016 236
Education, Schools Engagement, Science and Environment, Computing, Engineering, Mathematics, Nursing and Midwifery
Tanya Patterson, Media Officer
Office: (02) 9678 7085
Mobile: 0414 018 498
Lyn Danninger, Media Officer
Office: (02) 9678 7589
Mobile: 0414 308 701
Elliott Richardson, Media Assistant (Wednesdays only)
Media requests relating to University policies and corporate affairs
Amanda Whibley, Manager Media and Public Relations
Office: (02) 9678 7084
Mobile: 0418 438 399