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Background and Guidelines for Reporters and Documentary Producers Covering The DARPA Grand Challenge


The DARPA Grand Challenge’s unique story line has drawn widespread interest from a number of magazines, newspapers, trade press, broadcast media and documentary producers. This backgrounder provides key facts to help those interested in covering the event to develop their stories and gain an understanding of Grand Challenge guidelines.

Overall Guidelines

  • The DARPA Grand Challenge web site – – is the definitive information source for regular updates on plans for the Challenge and media coverage guidelines and opportunities.
  • DARPA will maintain a list of members of the media and documentary producers who have expressed interest in covering the Grand Challenge, and will send periodic releases and advisories announcing upcoming events and milestones.
  • Reporters and documentary producers can also get information, request interviews, and register to receive media advisories by doing the following:
    1) Send emails to;
    2) Contact people via the Grand Challenge Discussion Forum; or
    3) Call Grand Challenge media contact Tom Goodwin at 703 560-7875 or e-mail him at
  • DARPA will consider requests for interviews with Grand Challenge organizers, but cannot guarantee full access. Media briefings listed above will be the most likely avenue for interviews and direct contact with Challenge officials and participants.
  • E-mail addresses for contacts with the teams are posted on the Teams section, and that is the best way to reach them. Their phone numbers will not be released.

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