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Media Information

Rutgers Athletic Communications
Athletic Communications Phone: 732/445-4200
Athletic Communications Fax: 732/445-3063

Women’s Basketball contacts:

Kimberly Zivkovich
Assistant Director/Athletic Communications
Office: 732-445-7882
Email: kzivkovich@scarletknights.com

Caroline Rafferty
Athletic Communications Assistant
Office: 732-445-7746
Email: crafferty@scarletknights.com

The Rutgers Athletic Communications Office is available to assist you with coverage of the Rutgers women’s basketball program and head coach C. Vivian Stringer. All interview requests for members of the women’s basketball team, including coaches and student-athletes should be directed to the primary media contact for the Rutgers women’s basketball.

The Athletic Communications Office is located on the second floor of the Rutgers Athletic Center. For information regarding credentials, interviews, statistics, press conferences, etc. please call the Athletic Communications Office at 732-445-4200.

To assist in your coverage throughout the year, please read the media information on this page. Briefly, all interviews must be arranged through the Athletic Communications Office at least two days (48 hours) in advance and all players, coaches and support staff will not take part in an interview unless scheduled by the Athletic Communications Office.

Media Credentials
Rutgers will utilize an online credentialing system for the 2012-13 season. For more informaiton, visit www.scarletknights.com/credentials or contact Kathleen Conlin at 732-445-7868.

Credentials for Rutgers home games are issued to working media only and should be requested as early as possible due to space limitations. Media organizations covering Rutgers and the visiting school on a regular basis will receive top priority. Credential requests must be made through Rutgers’ online credentialing system. Requests should be made at least 48 hours in advance of each home game.

Season passes will be provided prior to the season for all those who plan to cover the Scarlet Knights throughout the 2012-13 campaign. Other credentials will be issued on a game-by-game basis.

Media credentials are issued solely to the person identified on it. It may not be transferred or used by any other person. Acceptance of a media credential requires compliance with all Rutgers University rules and regulations applicable to the media credential. Any breach or failure to comply with these terms, conditions, rules and/or regulations may result in the cancellation and withdrawal of the media credential, including but not limited to expulsion from the athletics event for which it was issued, and denial of a media credential for any and all future athletics events. Rutgers reserves the right to deny access to any media outlet based on a space available.

Media Will Call
Credentials will be left at the media entrance of the RAC, located on the south side of the building. A valid ID must be presented in order to obtain the requested credential at the media will call.

Photographer Credentials
Credentials will be issued only to accredited media photographers who regularly cover Rutgers women’s basketball and/or the visting school. Visiting freelance and amateur photographers are not eligible for credentials. Photo credentials must be requested at least 48 hours in advance of each home game. Photographers may shoot from both endlines. They may not shoot from behind or in front of either bench or from behind the scorer’s table. They may not shoot from the sideline opposite the team benches.

Press parking is limited at the RAC. Those members of the media who are regularly assigned to cover Rutgers women’s basketball will be issued season parking passes. All others must make their requests known when acquiring media credentials.

Press Box
Working space in the press box at the RAC is extremely limited. Seats are available in the press box in the South side of the RAC with overflow located in designated areas of the North side of the arena.

Media Center
The media center is located at floor level in the RAC. Admittance is by media credential only. Complete stats, play-by-play, game programs, team statistics, media guides and game notes are available in the media room. Food and refreshments will also be provided to credentialed media prior to the game.

Wireless Internet/Phones
A password-protected wireless internet service is available for all writers and photographers at the RAC. A limited number of phone lines are available in the media room at the RAC. The phones are all operator-assisted. Only credit card, collect call or third party billing calls can be made. To order a phone line, please contact Verizon at (800) 564-9911 or 9922.

Broadcast areas are located in the press box on the North side of the RAC. Space will be provided for the official radio station of the visiting school as well as the Rutgers Radio Network and WRSU (student station). All other stations wishing to broadcast will need to contact the Office of Athletic Communications at least one week prior to the game. As per BIG EAST rules, one ISDN line and one analog phone line will be made available.

Post-Game Interview
Rutgers head coach C. Vivian Stringer, and student-athletes (excluding freshmen) will be made available to the media following a brief designated cooling off period. Rutgers’ freshmen are not available for post-game press conferences. Please direct any student-athlete requests to Rutgers Athletic Communications. Please note freshmen can be requested for interviews during the week but not following game action. Visiting teams are given the opportunity to meet the media first.

All of the latest information on Rutgers women’s basketball is available via the web at the official Rutgers Athletics site, www.scarletknights.com. In addition, BIG EAST Conference information can be accessed at www.bigeast.org.

In-Season Interview Policy
Rutgers women’s basketball will hold weekly media availability (either in person or via teleconference). Other requests for head coach C. Vivian Stringer should be made at least three days in advance. Requests for student-athlete interviews should be made­­­- if possible - 48 hours in advance. All interviews must be coordinated through the Office of Athletic Communications, and interviews will not be granted on a game-day.

Radio Broadcasts
More than 75 percent of Rutgers women’s basketball games can be heard on WCTC (1450 AM) New Brunswick and via the web (scarletknights.com) with play-by-play announcer Ed Cohen.

The Rutgers student station, WRSU (88.7 FM), broadcasts all Rutgers women’s basketball games.

The BIG EAST Conference has issued policy guidelines on the topic of requests for press credentials from website operators. This policy supports the interests of professionalism in news coverage that supports the integrity of intercollegiate athletics. In accordance with the BIG EAST policy guidelines, the Division of Intercollegiate Athletics of Rutgers University will issue credentials for online media services based on the following criteria:

1) The online service is the official web site of the competing institution and/or the BIG EAST Conference.

2) The online service is affiliated with national or regional television or news gathering organizations (e.g. USA Today, ESPN, CNN, etc.). Credential requests from internet sites will be considered only for those web sites that are the official on-line service of a national over-the-air or cable network, or established print news media organization and are staffed by full-time, salaried employees. Rutgers reserves the right to deny media credentials to any individual(s) whose web site is not affiliated with an official news gathering organization.

3) No internet site other than the two participating schools and/or the BIG EAST Conference may provide real-time descriptions of the game. Real-time is defined as any online media providing live continual play-by play coverage of an event.

4) Rutgers will not credential any on-line service that places an emphasis on the recruitment of potential student-athletes.

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