8 Vital Training Steps for ‘Treps, Pre-Launch

Donald Kuratko

Donald Kuratko

A reporter writing an article for Entrepreneur magazine in January contacted a member of the IU News and Media Team for an expert at the Kelley School of Business on the pre-launch steps aspiring entrepreneurs should consider. Arrangements were made to interview Donald F. Kuratko, executive and academic director of the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

The article quoting Kuratko, “8 Vital Training Steps for ‘Treps, Pre-Launch,” appeared in the April issue of Entrepreneur.


Should security forces have stopped the terrorist attacks in Belgium?

Sumit Ganuly

Sumit Ganuly

In the wake of the Brussels bombings there was been much criticism of Belgian intelligence and, more generally, of the lack of intelligence sharing in Europe. The Conversation, an independent source of news and views from the academic and research community, was looking for a security expert to write a piece that would compare and contrast the state of intelligence gathering in Europe with that in the United States. Arrangements were made for Sumit Ganguly, director of the Center on American and Global Security in Indiana University’s School of Global and International Studies, to write the article. His article, “Should security forces have stopped the terrorist attacks in Belgium?,” was published on March 29.

Ganguly’s article subsequently was picked up and published on April 5 with the headline, “Criticism of Brussels a tad unfair,” by The Statesman, one of two English language newspapers in Calcutta, India.

IU President McRobbie to strengthen university’s connections in Thailand

IU President Michael A. McRobbie

IU President Michael A. McRobbie

IU President Michael A. McRobbie is leading a delegation on a weeklong trip to Thailand, where he will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the National Institute of Development Administration and renew a longstanding partnership agreement with the country’s top public research university. The trip was promoted through a news release distributed to Indiana and Thai media outlets and a blog site, “IU Goes to Thailand.”

Media coverage included:

Raising a Shy Kid

Bernardo Carducci

Bernardo Carducci

A reporter for New Jersey Parent put out a request for experts on the topic of shyness in children in October 2015, and was directed to Bernardo J. Carducci, director of the Shyness Research Institute at Indiana University Southeast and a pioneer in this area of psychological studies. Carducci was quoted in the article, “Raising a Shy Kid; How to help your kid overcome his shyness and know whether or not it’s something more,” in the magazine’s February issue.

Shanks, Cuban share advice at ‘Future of Sports and Technology’ Panel

cuban-shanks1-webOn Feb. 11, the IU News & Media Team was asked by The Media School at Indiana University to provide media relations support for an event featuring alumni Mark Cuban and Eric Shanks. The events featuring Cuban, owner of the NBA’s Dallas Mavericks and other ventures, and Shanks, president of Fox Sports, were part of a special Sports Media Week at the school.

The team worked closely with school’s National Sports Journalism Center, Fox Sports and the Indiana Memorial Union on logistics. Arrangements were to present the Feb. 18 public event in Whittenberger Auditorium and a media availability with Cuban and Shanks in the nearly University Club. A news release was prepared and media were contacted directly about the events.

Cuban’s plane was delayed, but Shanks proceeded with an informal interview with local media, which included WTTV, WXIN, the Herald-Times, Indiana Daily Student and a blogger with The Media School. They were joined at the public event by bloggers and a reporter at WRTV. Afterward, Cuban spoke with reporters at a media availability.

Coverage included:

Late-Night’s New Battle: Will John Oliver, Samantha Bee and Others Usurp TV News?


Julia Fox

The IU News & Media Team became aware of a story being written by a reporter for Variety magazine, the leading publication about the entertainment industry, about “investigative comedy,” comedy shows that use news reporting as the basis for their jokes. The story was to focus on a new program by Samantha Bee on TBS and the new season of “Last Week with John Oliver” on HBO.

The writer, who the IU News & Media Team had worked with before, was directed to Julia Fox, an associate professor in the Media School at Indiana University. Fox has written on this topic and previously conducted research into how credible people view the “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.”

Fox was the first person quoted in the Feb. 16 Variety article, “Late-Night’s New Battle: Will John Oliver, Samantha Bee and Others Usurp TV News?

IU scientist plays role in discovery of ‘Jurassic butterflies’


Photo by Jim DiLoretto

IU paleobotanist David Dilcher contacted the IU Newsroom on Feb. 1 about his role as a co-author on a journal article in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B announcing the identification of an insect whose behavior and appearance resembled a butterfly’s, despite evolving 40 million years earlier than the modern butterfly.

The lead researchers on the work were located at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, which was developing a news release. IU Newsroom opted to put out a related blog post to highlight Dilcher’s important supporting role in the study, identifying the plants upon which the insect fed. The Smithsonian Institution’s press office was kept up-to-date about the development of the post through Dilcher.

On Feb. 3, the IU Newsroom uploaded the post, “IU scientist plays role in discovery of ‘Jurassic butterflies,’” to the IU Viewpoint’s “Science at Work” blog. A version of the post, which included a quote from Dilcher, was also submitted to EurekAlert, a news distribution service for science journalists. IU and the Smithsonian’s posts on the research appeared online within minutes of each another.

The first media outlet to pick up the announcement from IU was Motherboard, the science and technology channel of VICE Media. Their reporter also shared a link to the original IU Viewpoints blog story on twitter.

Other reporters, many of whom drew information and quotes from both the Smithsonian release and IU’s coverage, included:

In addition, the Science Channel shared the news in a tweet that garnered 61 likes and 49 shares. Other notable social shares included 93 likes and 32 shares on a tweet from Fox News; 45 likes and 38 shares on a tweet from Motherboard; and 326 likes and 71 shares on a post on the IU facebook page.