Visiting Media Guidelines

Need a faculty expert for a news story, or a beautiful location for a film? Contact the Office of College Communications at (925) 631-4060 for help with access, permissions and, of course, parking.  

Theology and Religious Studies Professor Paul Giurlandia talks with ABC7 about Pope Francis' historic visit to the U.S.Because Saint Mary’s College is a private institution and the academic experience of out students is our priority, the Office of College Communications serves as the resident traffic cop for visiting media representatives, providing access to the campus and working out details for media parking.

If you've scheduled an interview with a faculty member, visiting speaker or an SMC student, please contact College Communications first to facilitate access. We ask this of all visiting media, including traditional print and broadcast news outlets, social media reporters, bloggers, commercial photographers, online news publications and other non-SMC media entities.

Commercial entities (motion pictures, non-news television programs, advertising agencies and photographers) may need to receive written authorization, show proof of appropriate insurance coverage and be required to pay location and other applicable fees to film on campus.

An important thing to remember is that any commercial use of an image of a student athlete is strictly prohibited. 

Remote Controlled Aircraft: The use of remote-controlled aircraft is generally prohibited on and above the property of the College except by campus affiliates over open hills or fields such as the sports fields. This includes the use of what are commonly referred to a “drones”. The use of cameras on these vehicles to look into buildings is prohibited. As is always the case, disruptions of the academic or business functions of the College are not allowed. Exceptions for non-affiliates must be authorized in writing through the Office of College Communications, as the use of the aerial photography typically associated with these devices is an extension of the visiting media policy.

To coordinate on-campus interviews and filming, all news media, motion picture or commercial producers, or their representatives should contact Michael Beseda, Vice President, Enrollment & College Communications by email at