Hometown News Service

University Communications provides hometown news service for students through readMedia, a national news service in Albany, N.Y.

Using data furnished by the Registration and Records Office, staff in University Communications forwards appropriate information to readMedia for publication in newspapers throughout the country. Newspapers selected for a particular student are based on the zip code of the home address entered by Registration and Records upon enrollment.

The service reports newsworthy information: Chancellor's Award recognition, graduation, awarding of scholarships, cooperative education placement and other notable activities. 

ReadMedia also establishes an online personal profile page for each student recognized in a hometown news release. Students can link to this profile page through Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites. Recognition for international students without U.S. hometown news addresses also is available online. When a release is submitted each student receives an email notification with a link to his or her personal profile page and a list of newspapers contacted.

Selecting a different town for news releases

In some circumstances, students, or their parents, may wish to have news releases sent to a paper other than their local home paper. In these cases, the student will need to update the news release field in the Stout database by logging into AccessStout  and making changes on the Campus Personal Information page. For help with this process, read "Verify Your Hometown Newspaper Notification" on the Registration and Records website.

If students do not intentionally indicate a different city and zip code, news releases will be sent to the newspapers serving the permanent home address.

Only the student is able to make this change. Also, only one city and zip code can be used for news releases.


With questions, individuals may call 715-232-2381. 

The office can’t require newspapers to print the information supplied to them but will do the research necessary to ensure that correct data was sent. 

Students and family members need to be patient and understand that it is at the newspaper's discretion as to when the information appears.