Press Release Writing Exercise

Internal:

For more information contact

Robin S. Pittman

West Virginia University

(555) 556-555

robin.pittman823@topper.wku.edu

 

For release after 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 19

 

Faculty, staff, and students,

It has come to my attention that rumors of Senator Manchin’s daughter, Heather Bresch, receiving her degree without completing the required number of hours for her program.  I deny these allegations.

There was a mistake made with regard to Bresch’s transfer records for which the School of Business at Western Virginia University takes responsibility.  While it looked as though Bresch had only earned 22 out of her 48 hours required, she actually was just missing her remaining hours because of the misunderstanding in the record’s office.

The real reason Bresch did not receive her diploma was that she failed to pay a $50 graduation fee.  I, being the current Dean of the Business School at the time, fixed the error of Bresch’s transfer records and granted her an EMBA degree as soon as she paid the graduation fee.

If my involvement with this issue helped me be promoted then it was not because of whom I was assisting but because of the actions I took to fix the errors made.

I will be holding a press conference on November 18 to address the issue.  There, I will make a formal apology for the error made in the transfer records and will answer any other questions.

 

William Garrison

West Virginia University President

 

External:

For more information contact

Robin S. Pittman

West Virginia University

(555) 556-555

robin.pittman823@topper.wku.edu

 

For release after 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 19

 

CLARIFICATION OF BRESCH RUMORS

It has come to the attention of President Garrison of West Virginia University that rumors of Senator Manchin’s daughter, Heather Bresch, receiving her degree without completing the required number of hours for her program.  President Garrison denies these allegations.

There was a mistake made with regard to Bresch’s transfer records for which the School of Business at Western Virginia University takes responsibility.  While it looked as though Bresch had only earned 22 out of her 48 hours required, she actually was just missing her remaining hours because of the misunderstanding in the record’s office.

The real reason, according to President Garrison, that Bresch did not receive her diploma was that she failed to pay a $50 graduation fee.  President Garrison, at the time Dean of the Business School, fixed the error of Bresch’s transfer records and granted her an EMBA degree as soon as she paid the graduation fee.

President Garrison states, “If my involvement with this issue helped me be promoted then it was not because of whom I was assisting but because of the actions I took to fix the errors made.”

President Garrison will be holding a press conference on November 18 to address the issue.  There, he will make a formal apology for the error made in the transfer records and will answer any other questions.

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