Sharing Your News with the Dawson Community

To communicate information about an activity, event or item of interest at Dawson, one or a combination of the following media may be deployed:

Website homepage + Events Calendar

To promote an activity, event or accomplishment on the Dawson homepage, you should send all pertinent information and images to for consideration. Please remember that it remains the prerogative of the Communications Office whether to post or not in the News section, and the prominence that will be attached to the item. These editorial decisions are made based on College priorities.

Also on the homepage is the Events Calendar. Clicking on the icon will bring you to a page where you can submit your event or activity (not accomplishments/news items). You must enter your activity or event here to be considered for the homepage news section.

MyDawson Portal

To promote an activity or event on the Dawson portal (mydawson) that will be seen by students or employees, but not publicly (requires entry by network username + password, you should send all pertinent information and images , if applicable, to

To have your event or activity entered in the portal, you must also have submitted it on the Events Calendar. Click on the icon on the homepage and it will bring you to a page where you can submit your event or activity.

D News

D News is a web-based newsletter that comes out every other Tuesday during the semester.  If you would like to submit news, please use the Online News Contribution Form Contributions must be received by Friday before noon to be considered for the next issue.

D News is emailed to the All Dawson email list of all Dawson employees and is archived here

If an urgent message needs to be shared, Dawson managers and secretaries have access to the All Dawson list.

Digital Signage – College TV Screens

The TV screens throughout the college are one of our most important tools for reaching an on-campus audience.

Suitable Content

  • Institutional messages to students
  • Services offered to students
  • On-campus activities
  • Information about upcoming events (also consider submitting to the Events Calendar)

Unsuitable Content

  • Course or program recruitment
  • Niche messages only applicable to few people
  • Events that are not open to the public


The screens can display 1920 x 1080 JPGs or 15-second animations. Dawson community members wishing to display information pertinent to our internal community may adapt the following template. If you wish to display an animation instead of a still image, please contact the Communications Office prior to development for specifications.


  1. Adapt this template
  2. Choose a representative background photo from the College’s Photo Library or a custom illustration
  3. Choose a one- to three-word title. Use the font Montserrat Bold, capitalized in 44 pt. To install Montserrat on your computer, follow these instructions
  4. Write a 150-character description. Use the font Montserrat Regular, lower-case in 25 pt
  5. If you are indicating a date, use the following format: “Tues, August 12 at 5:30 PM” – indicate the year only if necessary
  6. If you direct users to the portal, use the following format: “Go to the My Dawson Portal > My College Services > Registration Help”
  7. Put your logo in the bottom right corner
  8. Export as a JPG and send to

Do not

  • use a font other than Montserrat
  • adjust the size, placement or colour of the blue box
  • include more than 150-characters in the description
  • use a font size smaller than 25pts
  • place the logo elsewhere than the bottom right hand corner
  • include embedded text in the background graphic
  • centre-justify the text

Graphics that do not follow these guidelines or promote content that is not suitable for this channel remain at the discretion of the Communications Department to display. For any questions, email

My Dawson College Facebook

To promote an event or activity of interest primarily to students, Dawson’s My Dawson College Facebook is one of the most effective ways to do it. The page has close to 15,000 likes and some 5,000 to 6,000 regular uses. Most posts are seen by 1,500 people, mostly current students.

If you would like an event or activity posted to My Dawson College Facebook page, please send pertinent information and images to

Bulletin boards

The traditional poster or flyer on physical bulletin boards located around the College entails the design and production of promotional materials in varying degrees of professionalism that have to vie for the student and employee population’s attention along with other, similar materials. This may not be as effective a tool, although it is still used to a large degree. Just remember that each individual piece of paper to be affixed must be approved and stamped by Campus Life and Leadership (2E.6).

Last Modified: February 15, 2021