The following suggestions are for bringing Mathematics Awareness Week to the attention of the general public by using some of your local media outlets. The more you are able to provide a local angle (such as getting a MAW proclamation from your mayor or governor, involving a local high school or college, etc.), the more likely you are to receive local coverage.
- Public Information Office
Contact your institution's Public Information Office and ask to have your events included in their various calendar announcements. The PIO is likely to have good contacts with local media and may be able to help you get media coverage. You may also want to discuss the following ideas with your PIO staff.
- Newspaper Editorials or Letters-to-the-Editor
Newspapers (especially weekly ones) may run an editorial recognizing MAW if it is signed by a local professor or public policy representative. Restrict the focus to one topic, such as changes in calculus courses in your department, selected research projects at your institution over the last decade, how skills in mathematics can increase career options in all fields, etc. Mention your local events briefly as part of the editorial. Keep it to 300 or so words in length. Letters-to- the-Editor are appropriate when you can respond to a recently published story and mention mathematics and/or MAW as part of the reply. Follow carefully the guidelines for Letters-to- the-Editor provided by your paper - often on the editorial page.
- Radio-TV Public Service Announcements
Radio and television stations may run PSAs of 10, 20, and 30 seconds in length. The script could focus on Mathematics Awareness Week in general or specifically on your local events. You must provide at least one good slide with 10, 20, and 30 second scripts as part of requesting a local TV station to run your PSA. It helps to have the materials and the request come from a local institution.Sample 10-second scripts THE UNIVERSITY OF _________ INVITES YOU TO JOIN IN CELEBRATING MATHEMATICS AWARENESS WEEK, APRIL 21-27. MATHEMATICS GIVES US NEW DISCOVERIES AND OFFERS STUDENTS MANY CAREER OPTIONS. MATHEMATICS AWARENESS WEEK IS APRIL 20-26. EXPLORE MATHEMATICS ON THE WORLD WIDE WEB AT HTTP://FORUM.SWARTHMORE.EDU/MAW/ (or provide your own URL - the simpler, the better)
- Cable TV
Cable television companies have local access channels that will make 30-minute blocks of time available. Propose a panel discussion to your local cable company on, e.g., "Careers in Mathematics." Provide a list of spokespersons, their institutions, and a few specific ideas about what you could discuss.