Office of Communications and Public Relations

The Office of Communications and Public Relations (OCPR) is the strategic marketing authority of the CNU brand.

OCPR promotes and celebrates the achievements of alumni, faculty, staff and students among local, regional and national audiences. OCPR also establishes branding and identity standards, design and editorial standards, and produces all university communications.

OCPR is staffed by experienced professionals -- creative services experts responsible for developing and executing the marketing and communications initiatives of Christopher Newport University.

We build and maintain Christopher Newport's image and brand via four teams: graphic design, digital communications (editorial, photography, videography, social media), web services and public relations.

We facilitate the distribution of announcements to the and email lists. All announcements must pertain to university business or university-sponsored campus activities or events. We do not send announcements to

Student organizations requesting an announcement to faculty and staff must be officially recognized by the Office of Student Affairs. We will not send broadcast emails from student organizations regarding fundraising.

You can request an email announcement on the myCNU landing page under Request Assistance.

Christopher Newport's name, logo, font, designs, photographs, product identifiers, slogans, trademarks and service marks may not be used in any commercial manner without the prior written consent of the Office of Communications and Public Relations.

We offer limited photography services in cases where we can use the imagery to promote the university to external audiences. The Media Center in Trible Library has vast photography resources (equipment and training) available free of charge to all students, faculty and staff. We also maintain photo archives and can provide imagery for use by campus units.

OCPR will work with clients throughout the printing process.

OCPR is able to visually communicate messages to target audiences using design skills, high-quality writing and professional photography.

OCPR editorial staff is available for limited general editing and proofreading work. Editors will edit/proofread all design projects and publications in accordance with the CNU Style Guide and send them to clients for review before printing.

OCPR's public relations team promotes news and events to the university community, general public, and local and national media outlets, including magazines, newspapers and television. Email for more information.

Effective use of social media allows the university to build and maintain strong relationships online. Email if you would like to set up a consultation about using social media in your department.

For more information about videography, please email

The Web Services team is available to assist departments in the creation of web pages, including design, writing and website maintenance. Contact them at or via the form below.

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