Media Request Guidelines
Please note the following guidelines regarding media requests of students/staff participating in activities and/or general school-interest stories.
All Activities-related requests for student information and interviews should be made by contacting the Activities Office at Urbandale High School.
Dr. Bill Watson
Director of Activities and Community Education
Associate Athletic Director for Game Operations
Student Interview Times:
In general, we will make students available by appointment during the school year on Mondays from (3:15pm – 3:45pm) and on Wednesdays and Thursdays from (2:30pm – 3:45pm). Please contact the Activities Office to set up an appointment. Students will be available after games after the team has met. For further information or assistance, see a member of the Activities Staff near the conclusion or immediately following the event.
Coach Interview Times:
Coaches may be contacted at any time. However, most are employed either as teachers or outside the Urbandale Community School District and are unavailable from 7:30am – 3:30pm on a daily basis. If you need assistance contacting a coach, please contact the Director of Activities.
General School-Interest Stories:
All general school-interest requests for student/staff information and interviews should be made by contacting the District Communications Partner.
UCSD Communications Partner
4-Step Process for General Student/Staff Media Requests:
Step 1: Contact Dena Soenke with:
> the name of the student or staff member you’d like to reach
> the topic for the story/reason for contact
> your request for quotations/photographs/filming
> specific questions you would like answered
> due date for response(s)
> the anticipated time of release of information in print, online, or broadcast
> your complete contact information
Step 2: Dena will contact the student/staff member’s school principal. The principal and/or building secretary will confirm media release/permission form(s) on file for student(s).
Step 3: Dena and/or the school principal will contact the student/family/staff member in order to provide details regarding the media request.
Step 4: If the student/family/staff member agree to participate, Dena will forward responses to the media rep, facilitate additional questions/items for clarification, and assist in scheduling school visits/classroom visits/photographs/filming/etc.