Submission Guidelines

Brief is the official University of Minnesota staff and faculty weekly news digest, featuring human resource, employee benefit, administrative, legislative, budgetary, event, research, and other information. Publication is every Wednesday. The deadline for submissions is at noon on the Friday before the date of publication. Submit items by email to the Brief editor

Brief relies on the content provider to be the expert in determining the value of the submission and its relevance to our primary audience of all faculty and staff; however, the editor retains the final decision on publication. Submissions should generally be regarded as "high-level" information or appeal to a broad audience of fac/staff. Your local college or department communications professional is a great resource for determining the best communication avenues. For the system campuses, those individuals are: Shawn Smith (UMC); Cheryl Reitan (UMD); Sue Dieter (UMM) and Molly Olson (UMR).

All submissions to Brief should adhere to the University's policy on accessibility of digital information. Digital accessibility is achieved when all people can equitably access content on the web or in applications. Learn more about how to make your content accessible.

Criteria for inclusion in Brief

  • Submissions should be 70 words or less and include only relevant, factual information. Because Brief entries are succinct, entries should include a link for more information.
  • Brief will include no more than five entries per campus, with the exception of the Twin Cities campuswhich, because of its size, will receive space for about 10 entries. All other TC entries may be held over for a later issue or placed in the UMTC Featured Events section at the editor's discretion.
  • Entries will not be included more than once per quarter unless there is significant justification to do so from an administrative perspective. Entries will not appear in back-to-back issues.
  • The Brief editor retains the right to edit content according to Brief style and at the editor’s discretion.

A word on content

  • The news is “need-to-know” administrative news.
  • The news is of broad appeal to faculty and staff. More focused or discipline specific events should first seek out a college, school, or departmental University publication. 
  • The news helps to make the U more accessible to, and create connections (build relationships) among, faculty and staff.
  • The news promotes healthy lives for faculty and staff.
  • The news includes components of the University’s mission of outreach, research, teaching, and education.
  • Accompanying visuals should be eye-catching and help draw the audience into the story. Images should build on (not duplicate) the topic of the post. We often won't use generic visuals (stock) and text-based images which repeat information within the submission proper. 


  • Events that are sponsored by or directly involve faculty/staff and/or that appeal to faculty/staff are preferred.
  • Events should take place on the respective campus. Events held off-campus are in most cases considered only after on-campus events have been included.
  • Brief will in general not include multiple events from the same unit/college/department within the same issue in order to give equal opportunity for space, and to focus on high-priority events.
  • Events should appear in Brief with some advance notice prior to the event. 

Criteria for inclusion in the Awards and Recognition section of Brief

The Awards and Recognition section of Brief is for those announcements/awards heavily focused on the recognition of current faculty and staff and campuses/colleges. The section also includes leadership appointments generally at the dean level and above or those with an administrative appointment that touches all colleges/departments in its function—for example, a director of equity and diversity. In general, the awards featured are of major significance.