Content Writing and Editing

The college’s Marketing and Communications (Marcom) team offers professional writing support. Our goal is to tell the college’s story and explain the value the college provides to our target audiences.

News Story

Do you have a great story about your students serving in the community, or about work your faculty is doing with alumni in the field? You may suggest story ideas for the news section of the college website.

We will consider submitted ideas at our next strategy meeting. Then, a team member will get back to you. Submitting an idea does not guarantee publication or publication in all channels. The college’s Marketing and Communications team will determine best fit based on the audience, the college strategic priorities and our team’s workload capacity.

Submit a story idea.

Research or Professional Achievement News

The Faculty and Staff Achievements monthly email features your published journal articles, professional presentations, awards and honors and media interviews or mentions. Format of your entry will be edited for consistency within the publication. If your achievement is with students, Ohio State colleagues, alumni or colleagues at other universities, please specify in a few words. Submit a Faculty and Staff Achievement.

Staff at the Office of University Research News write about faculty research results. They have specific criteria and limited staff capacity, but they provide superior insights about the value of our research to the public. Here are their criteria:

  • Findings are published in a refereed journal (but let us know when it’s scheduled but not out yet to allow for release in synch with the journal article)
  • Findings are quantitative, or on rare occasion, qualitative
  • Findings present something new of interest to the general public or explain why something is true that we knew but didn’t know why

Ohio State supports submissions to The Conversation. is always interested in databased opinion pieces by PhDs (includes research specialists, postdoctoral scholars, etc.).

The benefit: Media sources around the world can pick up your piece for free and credit you. You receive a dashboard that lets you see who picked it up and how many impressions it received as a result. 

Here are some types of topics The Conversation seeks:

  • Current news topics, especially if they’re controversial
  • Explains something most people don’t know or that is commonly questioned
  • Gives expert advice about a topic of interest to the lay public

If you think you have a topic for the Office of University Research News or The Conversation, contact Janet

The University site, meant specifically for the non-Ohio State-connected lay public, features short pieces with news the public can use. If your idea is chosen, a content writer from University Marketing and Communications will interview you to write the piece and let you review it before publication.

Take a look at these past pieces, then contact Janet or Robin

University and College Editorial Style

Consistent use of editorial style supports Ohio State's brand image. The university uses Associated Press style in all print and online publications* to be consistent in grammar and punctuation.

Everyone in the college is encouraged to use Associated Press style for content. AP style provides guidelines for grammar and punctuation and is the primary style used in print and online publications around the country.

The university editorial style guide and the college editorial style guide [link] each show usage for words or phrases specific to our needs.

If you have a question about usage, contact: Janet Or contact the university’s style advisor at

Due to limited staff capacity, editing of content for style, grammar and punctuation is limited to content produced for the dean’s office and some Advancement work.

*Note, use of Associated Press style does not apply to journals that require submitted articles to use a style such as the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

Large College Reports

For large college-wide reports, departments/committees that are working to prepare the report should compile the various sections of the report and then schedule a consultation meeting with the MarCom team for assistance in editing the report for university style and to create any needed cover or other graphic design elements. Reports should be formatted and have all necessary tables and table of contents and appendixes in place before sending on to the MarCom team. After MarCom has completed the style edits and provided the needed graphic design elements, a member of the team will provide the report back to the administrative assistant in the department or office charged with producing the report.


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