46Q

Public Affairs Specialist (46Q)


The Army Public Affairs Specialist participates in and assists with the supervision and administration of Army public affairs programs primarily through news releases, newspaper articles, Web-based material and photographs for use in military and civilian news media. Some of your duties as a Public Affairs Specialist may include:

Researching, preparing and distributing news releases on Army personnel and activities

Gathering information for military news programs and publications within your unit and around the Army

Developing ideas for news articles

Arranging and conducting interviews

Collecting information for commercial media use

Writing news releases, feature articles and editorials

Conducting media training

Working as an escort or liaison to civilian media

Training


Job training for a Public Affairs Specialist consists of nine weeks of Basic Training, where you'll learn basic Soldiering skills, and 12 weeks of Advanced Individual Training at the Defense Information School at Fort George G. Meade, Maryland. Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part learning hands-on how to write news stores, operate a camera, and edit newspapers and photographs. You'll also put together a real newspaper contributing stories and photographs. Some of the skills you learn are:

News, feature and sports writing and research

Newspaper design and production

Interviewing techniques

Photojournalism (photography journalism)

Public speaking

Media Relations

Media escort and interactions

Helpful Skills


Helpful attributes include:

An interest in English, journalism, communications, computers and photography

An ability to speak clearly in front of an audience

An ability to keep detailed and accurate records

An ability to meet deadlines

An interest in researching facts and issues for news stories

An ability to write clearly and concisely

An interest in written media and public relations



 



 

POC

15th Regimental Signal Brigade
Building 29603, Barnes Ave
Fort Gordon, GA 30905
Battalion CQ 706-791-8314
DSN number (706) 791-8314
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