Media Advisory

Media credentials available for Oct. 19 event

News media who plan to cover the National Policy Institute event at the University of Florida on Oct. 19 must register for credentials through UF Media Relations.

The event will be held at the Curtis M. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, 3201 Hull Road, and is scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. An area for protesters will be established near the Phillips Center.

Credentials will give media access to a reserved parking area near the event venue and protest area as well as entry into the event venue itself. No media will be able to park in the secured area or allowed into the event venue without pre-registering. Additionally, only two representatives of each media organization will be allowed into the Phillips Center for the actual event.

Richard Spencer has planned a press conference at 1:30 p.m. in the Black Box Theater of the Phillips Center.

All media attending the speaking event and press conference should check in for security screening at the ticketing entrance fronting Hull Road just west of the Harn Museum of Art no later than 12:30 p.m. (See map)

To request credentials, send an email to that includes:

  • names and titles of those attending
  • contact information, including a cell number
  • name of the news organization
  • number and types of vehicles to be parked (please specify if the vehicle is a satellite truck).

Credentials for covering the event as well as for parking will be available for pick-up the day of the event from a law enforcement officer at the corner of Museum Road and Hull Road on campus.


  • Credential requests must be made no later than noon Oct. 18.
  • Drones are prohibited
  • Wi-Fi availability will be extremely limited
  • Entry into the Phillips Center is limited to two representatives per media organization. UF credentials will be required.

Media parking will be located adjacent to Katie Seashole Pressley Softball Complex at the corner of Hull Road and Museum Drive. (See map below) Because of numerous road closures in the area around the event, media should enter campus from Gale Lemerand Drive or Museum Drive and proceed to the checkpoint at Hull and Museum. Provide your name to the law enforcement officer monitoring the barricade. If your name is on the media list, you will be given credentials and directed to media parking. The officer will allow only those media on the list into the parking area and all vehicles will be screened.

ALSO PLEASE NOTE: News media covering this event do so at their own risk. These credentials do not imply any promise of personal safety or protection of property. The University of Florida will make all reasonable efforts to provide a secure and safe event but cannot guarantee the safety of anyone who attends this event.


Janine Sikes, UF Public Affairs,, 352-214-6807

Brad Barber, UF Police Department, (352) 494-6068,

Amanda Warford Videll, Public Affairs Officer, FBI Jacksonville, 904-248-7093,

Chris Sims, Alachua County Sheriff's Office, Office: (352) 367-4041; Cell (352) 538-5939

Ben Tobias, Gainesville Police Department, 352-393-7525

FDLE Office of Public Information, (850) 410-7001

Patrick Riordan, Florida Highway Patrol,

Chip Skinner, Gainesville Regional Transit System, 352-318-9599,

Darry Lloyd, Office of the State Attorney, 352-374-3670,