Press Release Guidelines for Merit Network

Press Release Guidelines

An excellent way to leverage your organization's Member status with Merit Network, Inc. is to highlight that relationship in a press release. The Merit Network Press Release Guidelines are in place to maintain the continuity of the Merit Network brand and to support all Members' desires to publicize their relationship with Merit Network. Please read the following Guidelines closely.

If your organization is not a member of Merit Network, Inc., please refer to the following Guidelines when preparing a press release that contains the use of the Merit Network name, involves Merit in any way, or makes reference to a Merit Member with regard to information technology (IT), network connectivity, or network resources and services.

For press release approval, or further questions, please contact Elwood Downing () .


The benefits of publishing a press release with reference to Merit Network include:
  • Publication of your press release on the Merit Network website, in the current news and news archive sections.

  • Distribution of the press release over at least one of three Merit Network news feeds with a total of over 490 registered subscribers, including representatives from regional and national news and media sources.

  • Display of your press release on The Merit News and Events Widget, which is featured on the websites of Merit Network and many Merit members.

  • Brand recognition and association with America's longest-running regional research and education network and Michigan's exclusive Internet2 connector.

  • Promotion of the success of your organization or institution among more than 400 Merit connections within the Merit research and education community.

  • Increased potential for collaboration with another Merit Member in Michigan or Internet2 member world-wide from increased awareness.

Referencing Merit Network, Inc.

As Merit Network, Inc. has grown and evolved over its four-decade history, the official title of our organization has undergone some changes. The following standards are in place to help clarify these changes. Please refer to these guidelines, FOR ALL COMMUNICATIONS using the Merit Network, Inc. name:
  • Merit Network, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, owned and governed by 12 four-year public universities in Michigan.

  • The terms "Merit Network" and "Merit Network, Inc." may be used by media, researchers etc. as covered by fair use, but may not be altered in any way.

  • The first time Merit Network is referenced in an article, it must include Merit's full title: "Merit Network, Inc."

  • After "Merit Network, Inc." is mentioned once, it is acceptable to refer to Merit Network, Inc. as "Merit" or "Merit Network."

  • DO NOT write out "Merit Network, Incorporated."

  • DO NOT include Merit in all caps, as in "MERIT," per acronym which was Merit's previous title.

  • DO NOT include "the" in Merit's title, as in "The Merit Network, Inc." or "The Merit Network."

  • Merit Network is to be used in reference to the Merit Network organization. If you wish to refer to our fiber-optic backbone, or fiber network, DO NOT capitalize network, as in "the Merit Network." Please refer to it as "the Merit network," or Merit's "fiber-optic backbone," or Merit's "fiber network."

Boiler Plate Language and Media Contact Policy

All press releases referencing Merit Network, Inc. must include an "About Merit Network" paragraph that contains Merit Network Boilerplate language and a link to the Merit home page. The Merit Boilerplate may not be altered in any manner. See example below.

In addition, please list Elwood Downing as a media contact after the "About Merit Network" paragraph and include the relevant contact information. See example below.

Begin example:

About Merit Network

Merit Network, Inc., a nonprofit corporation owned and governed by Michigan's public universities, owns and operates America's longest-running regional research and education network. In 1966, Michigan's public universities created Merit as a shared resource to help meet their common need for networking assistance. Since its formation, Merit Network has remained on the forefront of research and education networking expertise and services. Merit provides high-performance networking solutions to Michigan's public universities, colleges, K-12 organizations, libraries, state government, healthcare, and other non-profit organizations.

For more information:

For press/media contact:

Elwood Downing
Merit Network, Inc.
Phone: (734)527-5702
For information regarding the use of the Merit Network logo and the logos of Merit Network services, see the Merit Network Logo Usage Policy.

For information on how to obtain a quote from a Merit spokesperson or for information regarding the news item approval, see the Merit Spokesperson Quote and Approval Process Policy.

For information regarding costs associated with the distribution of press releases and endorsements, see the Merit Network Associated Cost and Endorsement Policy.

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