Everyone receives news. You get news every day from a variety of sources. The Army Public Affairs specialist assists in giving out information and data on the Army, its personnel and its mission. Web sites, Radio, Television, newspapers, there are a lot of sources for news and the Army Public Affairs enlisted specialist is in the middle of all these different types of media.
The Public Affairs Army Enlisted Specialist works in the administration and supervision of public affairs programs that the Army offers, dealing with photographs, news releases, newspaper articles, web sites, and arranging press conferences and interviews. Some of your duties as a Public Affairs Specialist in the Army may include:
-Conducting various media training.
-Writing and scripting news releases for the press and other media outlets.
-Collecting and sorting Army information for release to the public and the media.
-Developing news leads and news story ideas.
-Preparing, researching and giving out various news releases on Army activity and personnel.
-Conducting and arranging various interviews.
-Escort or liaison duty for civilian media representatives on Army property and Army facilities.
-Compiling information for use in military and civilian news publications and programs.
After nine weeks of basic training you will progress to individual advanced training. You will receive 12 weeks of advanced training at Defense Information School at Fort Meade, Maryland. You will be trained in the classroom, and part of the time your training will be hands on in the field. You will take pictures, be trained how to operate a camera, how to write news stories, and how to edit pictures and photographs. You will work to assemble as part of your training actual true-life Army news stories, and work to publish them in a working Army newspaper and newsletter formats.
Some of the skills you will acquire will include: media relations, public speaking, news research, feature and sports writing skills, newspaper production and design, photojournalism, and public speaking. If you have skills in dealing with people, and an interest in public speaking, communications, journalism, English, or photography and computers then this could just be the career path for you. You will have the opportunity to help spread the message of what the Army is, what their mission consists of, and to help plan information to relate the Army story to the general public. You will often be called to provide an escort and assistance to members of the civilian press, or to explain different Army programs or procedures to the civilian media.