Media Policies and Procedures (DSU Football) - PDF

The following Media Policies and Procedures are designed to assist members of the media in its coverage of the 2009 Delaware State football program. Additional information, including releases and photographs may be obtained by contacting the DSU Athletic Media Relations Office at (302) 857-7365. Please take a moment to review the following policies and services that are intended to assist you in your coverage of Delaware State Football this season. If you have questions, feel free to contact Paul Dodson (assistant athletic director for media relations).

Media Credential
All requests for press, broadcast and photo credentials for DSU home football games should be directed to Paul Dodson (assistant athletic director of media relations) by calling (302)-857-7365, faxing (302) 857-6034 or e-mailing pdodson@desu.edu. Requests should be made one week before the game.

As a general rule, working space is allocated on the following basis: (1) daily newspaper and wire-service writers covering for next-day publications; (2) radio and television personnel for broadcast origination; (3) newspaper and television photographers. Limited space is available for weekly representatives, nationally accredited internet news services and non-originating radio representatives on a game-by-game basis.

Photo and Film Guidelines
NCAA rules limit shooting to outside the restraining line enclosing the playing field and between the outside the 35-yard lines. No media personnel or their equipment shall be in the team area or coaching box. Each photographer is required to display their credential visibly on the sidelines.

Media Parking
Media Parking for all home football games is located in Lot 4 (adjacent to the Tennis Courts and Jenkins Hall) on the campus of Delaware State University. Media requesting season parking should contact the DSU Athletic Media Relations Office. (Pease note: Parking is limited and is on a first-come, first-serve basis. A parking pass does not guarantee a designated spot in Lot 4).

On game day, Lot 4 will be accessed via the west-most entrance (Gate 3) on College Road. From Route 13, College Road is just across from North Dover Shopping Center/Acme Supermarket. Enter campus via the third gate on the right. Immediately turn left, follow road to Lot 4 on right. If you are traveling East on College Road (towards DSU), enter campus via first gate on left. Immediately turn left, follow road to Lot 4 on right. 

Will Call
Media Will Call is located at the west-most ticket booth at Alumni Stadium. Any parking passes needed day-of-game will be left with a Game Day Staff member at the College Road entrance to Lot 4. 

Interviews
ALL INTERVIEWS should be scheduled at least 24 hours in advance through the DSU Athletic Media Relations Office (302-857-7365). The best time for in-season interview Head Coach Al Lavan is after practice or during a weekly press conference held each Tuesday.

The best time to interview players is following practice and during Tuesday's press conference. DSU practice usually begins at 3:30 p.m. and end a 6:00 p.m.

Please call at least one day in advance for all phone interviews. The DSU Athletic Media Relations Office will not distribute home/cell numbers for players or coaches. All phone interviews should be conducted during those times reserved for general media interview sessions.

There are no player interviews on Friday or Saturday (prior to the game).

Calling players at their homes or on their cell phones will not be tolerated.

THE DSU DORMITORIES, LOCKER ROOM, WEIGHT ROOM AND TRAINING ROOM ARE OFF LIMITS TO THE MEDIA AT ALL TIMES.

Post-game Interviews
The athletic staff at Delaware State University is aware of the importance of media coverage and places great importance on the role of the media insofar as it interacts with their respective duties. To ensure the most workable situation for member of both entities, the following procedures must be observed.

1) Delaware State University football program will observe a customary 15-minute cooling off period before beginning post-game interviews.

2) Interviews will be conducted in a predetermined post-game press conference area (DSU Strength and Conditioning Center).

3) The press conference will begin with the visiting team's head coach and players followed by Delaware State.

3) Post-game interviews will NOT be held on the field, unless it is necessary in order to meet deadlines.

Each visiting team will set its own post-game interview policy, which will be announced in the press box during the fourth quarter. Check with the opposing team's sports information staff if you have further questions.

Weekly Press Luncheon
A weekly press luncheon featuring Head Coach Al Lavan and key players will be held every Tuesday at noon during the season (with the exception of Tuesdays before Open Dates). Information on the weekly press luncheon will be made available the week before the start of the season. For more information contact the DSU Media Relations Office at (302) 857-7365.

MEAC Weekly Teleconference
The Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference sponsors a weekly football teleconference each Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. until 11:35 a.m. The teleconference will begin Sept. 1 and run through November 17, with one for postseason teams on November 24 and each additional Tuesday as teams advance. Head Coach Al Lavan will be on the call for 10 minutes beginning at 10:33 a.m. every Tuesday. Any media member interested in participating or for more information contact Patricia Porter, MEAC director of media relations at 757-416-7100, E-mail: porterp@themeac.com.

The Media Center on www.DSUHornets.com
All news releases are posted to the DSUHornets.com website. Media can access the latest news of all Delaware State University football by checking in regularly to DSUHornets.com's front page or the main football page. The DSU Athletic Media Relations has created comprehensive "Media Center" with media guides, updated stats and game notes for all 17 of DSU intercollegiate teams. A link labeled "Media Center" can be accessed by clicking on the "Media Center" Button on the right side of the home page or at top of each individual sports main page.

Weekly Game Notes
Game Notes will be available every Monday (with the exception of Open Dates). They will be accessible via the "Media Center" on www.DSUHornets.com as well as e-mailed to those on our media distribution list.

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