Media Inquiries

Contact:

Sharon Dittman
Director for Community Relations
email: sd15@cornell.edu or health@cornell.edu
phone: 607-255-4499 or 607-255-3564
 

We are happy to share information about emerging health issues as well as services available at Cornell Health. We welcome the chance to dialogue with members of the media. 

Privacy concerns

To protect the privacy of our clients and patients, there are some things we cannot allow without permission of the Cornell Health administration:

  • no audio recordings
  • no video, digital, or still photography
  • no unescorted reporters in Cornell Health facilities
  • no unidentified reporters at Cornell Health programs or workshops

Background research

Please review our website for information about common college health topics and concerns and Cornell campus health initiatives.

Reporting on suicide

Suicide is a public health issue. Media coverage of suicide can influence the public’s behavior – either negatively by contributing to a “contagion factor,” or positively by encouraging help-seeking. It’s imperative that the media follow the reporting guidelines established by media and suicide-prevention experts:

Please review the AP Stylebook for reporting on suicide, which includes this guidance:

  • "Generally, AP does not cover suicides or suicide attempts, unless the person involved is a well-known figure or the circumstances are particularly unusual or publicly disruptive."
  • "Suicide stories, when written, should not go into detail on methods used."
  • "Avoid using committed suicide except in direct quotations from authorities. Alternate phrases include killed himselftook her own life or died by suicide."

Reporting on sexual violence