The Army Public Affairs Mass Communication 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.
- Research, prepare and disseminate news releases, articles, web-based material and photographs on Army personnel and activities.
- Gather information for military news programs and publications within your unit and around the Army.
- Develop ideas for news articles.
- Arrange and conduct interviews.
- Write news releases, feature articles, and editorials.
- Conduct media training.
Job training for an Army Public Affairs Mass Communication Specialist requires 10 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 12 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instructions.
Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part in the field, including learning hands-on how to write news stories, 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’ll learn are:
- News, feature, and sports writing and research.
- Newspaper design and production.
- Interviewing techniques.
- Photojournalism (photography journalism).
- Public speaking.
- Media Relations.
- Interest in English, journalism, communications, computers, and photography.
- Ability to speak clearly in front of an audience.
- Enjoy researching facts and issues for news stories.
- Can write clearly and concisely.
Total compensation includes housing, medical, food, special pay, and vacation time.
In the Army, qualified students can earn full-tuition, merit-based scholarships, allowances for books and fees, plus an annual stipend for living expenses.
FUTURE CIVILIAN CAREERS:
The skills you learn will help prepare you for a future with newspapers, magazines, wire services, public relations firms, and radio and television stations. You’ll be qualified to pursue a career as a staff writer, editor or correspondent.
PARTNERSHIP FOR YOUTH SUCCESS (PAYS) PROGRAM:
Those interested in this job may be eligible for civilian employment, after the Army, by enrolling in the Army PaYS program. The PaYS program is a recruitment option that guarantees a job interview with military friendly employers that are looking for experienced and trained Veterans to join their organization.
- AT&T, Inc.
- Hewlett-Packard Company.
- Kraft Foods Global, Inc.
- Sears Holdings Corporation.
- Time Customer Service, Inc.
- Walgreen Co.
- Must be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident.
- Must possess a High School Diploma or equivalent.
- Enlistment Age Requirement: 17-34