As a public university, the administrators and faculty of Eastern Washington University have an obligation to respond to inquiries from the news media.
Most journalists are sincere professionals trying to do a good job. They want to get the information for their story – and they want to get it right. Sometimes the stories can be negative, but mostly the media likes to localize current affairs or topics of interest by talking to faculty or staff experts (such as a political science professor during election season).
There will sometimes be situations where Eastern cannot release certain kinds of information. This is why the news media should first make contact with the Media Relations Director, who can respond appropriately on behalf of the university.