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Press Room

Phone: (508) 289-3340
Email: media@whoi.edu
Fax: (508) 457-2180 or (508) 457-2034

Mailing Address
Media Relations Office
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
93 Water Street — MS #16
Woods Hole, MA 02543-1050


Stephanie Murphy, Manager of Public Information and Internal Communications
samurphy@whoi.edu  or  508-289-2271

Erin Koenig, Media Relations Coordinator
ekoenig@whoi.edu  or  508-289-2270

Erika Fitzpatrick, Media Relations & Visual Resource Coordinator
efitzpatrick@whoi.edu or 508-289-3281

What is Media Relations?

The WHOI Media Relations Office is the primary contact and resource for reporters, editors, researchers, producers, and other public information/relations professionals seeking information about the research, engineering, and graduate education activities of the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.

The office also is the point of contact for editors, producers, and visual artists seeking prints and slides, artwork and computer graphics, videotape, animations, and other visual resources. We are responsible for licensing all Institution visual images and media. We acquire thousands of images of research activities at sea and ashore, and we maintain print/slide and videotape libraries primarily for journalistic/news uses. Those resources are sometimes made available by permission to educational and commercial outfits for exhibits, documentaries, books, Internet media, and CD-ROMs related to WHOI research activities and facilities. Fees and other requirements for use of visual materials depend upon usage and are handled on a case-by-case basis.

Our first priority is the news media. Due to limited staff and resources, we cannot provide visual images for school or personal projects.

What does Media Relations offer?

The Media Relations group writes, produces, and disseminates news releases and tip sheets; provides background materials and visuals for stories; scheduled interviews with staff members; and handle all aspects of public relations for the Institution. We suggest stories appropriate to various media and respond to requests for information from reporters and researchers working for local, national and international newspapers and magazines, wire services, television and radio programs, as well as for educational media. The office also works with Institution staff to develop stories and visual materials about their research for release to the media.

May I join a mailing list for updates from WHOI?

To be added to our mailing list, to update your address or phone/fax numbers, or to send us a comment or question, please e-mail us at media@whoi.edu. If you have a particular interest in a topic(s), or prefer to receive our material in a certain way (email, fax, regular mail, electronic library, etc.) please let us know so that we can try to accommodate your needs.