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Public Affairs Specialists and Broadcast Journalists

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Work Environment

Public affairs specialists and broadcast journalists work in offices and broadcasting studios on land or aboard ships, or sometimes outdoors, depending upon the research needed for their articles.

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Public affairs specialists and broadcast journalists publish communication products through radio, television, video, and web content for worldwide distribution. They are responsible for advising leadership, public affairs planning, developing and executing information strategies, and community relations. Some are trained to operate audio and video equipment in both tactical and non-tactical environments.

Military Training

All enlisted service members complete basic military training, which includes time spent in a classroom and in the field, and covers tactical and survival skills, physical training, military life and customs, and weapons training. Public affairs specialists and broadcast journalists in the Military will gain skills through classroom study and on-the-job experience. Job-specific training content may include:

  • News, feature and sports writing and research
  • Newspaper format and layout
  • Photojournalism
  • Radio and television programming and production
  • Interviewing techniques
  • Public speaking
  • Media Relations
  • Crisis communications

Helpful Attributes

  • Ability to keep detailed and accurate records
  • Ability to write clearly and concisely
  • Interest in researching facts and issues for news stories
  • Strong, clear speaking voice

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