Media Resources

Media Resources for Rapid City, South Dakota



We frequently help journalists plan their visits to attractions, cultural venues and other points of interest, as well as facilitate interviews.


We request a minimum of three weeks notice for a press visit. This allows us to pursue suitable, available lodging and make other arrangements to enhance your visit.

  • Fax, mail or email a letter of assignment on letterhead from the media outlet you are representing to:

          Julie Jones-Whitcher
          Phone: 605-718-8481
          Fax: 605-348-9217 
          512 Main Street Suite 240 
          Rapid City, SD 57701 
          [email protected]

  • Freelance journalists: please forward recent examples of travel or travel-related feature coverage.

  • Please note that complimentary arrangements are provided at the discretion of the host businesses and are subject to availability. Black-out periods may be experienced throughout the year that may necessitate a press rate.


General VRC
Julie Schmitz Jensen Rapid City CVB
President & CEO
Visit Rapid City, is a non-profit destination marketing organization promoting leisure travel, special/sporting events and group travel/tours to Rapid City and the Black Hills Area. 

Visit Rapid City provides you with information about specific attractions, guides and maps to help you plan your vacation. We also work very hard with convention and meeting planners, providing location help, welcome packet information and other resources that help bring sporting events or group tours to our city. 

Rapid City Vacation Planner
Julie Jones-Whitcher
VP of Sales & Public Relations 
  Visit Rapid City strives to provide excellent customer service to consumers or potential visitors seeking information on our area. Potential visitors can request a copy of our Rapid City Vacation Planner via our online website, toll-free number, email or snail mail requests. Additionally, tourism and hospitality members provide brochures to be displayed in our visitor information center located at our office at Main Street Square. Here, visitor information specialists, provide local expert assistance directly to walk-ins or call-ins to make their vacation planning easy and flawless. Through our leisure efforts, we hope to provide an exceptional Rapid City experience to our visitors and keep them coming back. 

Rapid City Tour Planning Guide
Lindsey Beasley
Director of Tourism Sales 
Visit Rapid City actively cultivates contacts in domestic and international travel trade to increase the group tour business in Rapid City. We aggressively market to tour operators and niche group leaders through industry publications, trade shows, sales missions, prospecting, targeted sales calls and familiarization trips to generate leads and business prospects. 

Visit Rapid City staff eagerly assists planners to ensure a truly memorable tour and offers the following complimentary services.

Meetings & Conventions
Rapid City Meeting Professionals Guide
Tyson Steiger
of Convention Sales 
Visit Rapid City’s goal is to work with local, state, regional and national associations, encouraging them to bring conventions and meetings to Rapid City. To ensure this, we are a full-service bureau offering support with property consultation, attendance promotion, program planning, registration assistance, publicity, name badges and welcome packets at no charge.

Sports & Events
Rapid City Sports Facilities Guide
Travis Eastman Rapid City Director Sports and Events
of Sports & Events 

The Goal of the Sports & Events niche of Visit Rapid City is to work with local, state, regional and national associations to encourage them to bring sporting events and competitions to Rapid City. We work with the local organizations to ensure their events get marketed outside of Rapid City through various marketing efforts with the help of the Rapid City Sports Council. We want to make sure that these events grow and our local organizations build a good base which will enable us to host larger regional and national events.

Stacie Granum
of Marketing
The goal of the Marketing Department of Visit Rapid City is to market Rapid City to the rest of the world on a state, regional, national and international level as a vacation, convention, sports and event destination. We utilize various online and traditional media forms of advertising and public relations to promote Rapid City.