Those who specialize in the Public Affairs career field are expert storytellers, putting the National Guard experience into words and pictures. As an CT National Guard Public Affairs mass communication specialist, you go where the action is, getting your boots dirty while telling the stories you find. You’ll provide material for newspapers and magazines, producing videos, press releases, and more. You’ll also assist with the supervision and administration of CT National Guard Public Affairs programs. If it has words and pictures, you’ll learn and master the art and science of producing it.
- Research, prepare and disseminate news releases, articles, web-based material and photographs on Army National Guard personnel and activities
- Gather information for military news programs and publications within your unit and around the Army National Guard
- Develop ideas for news articles
- Arrange and conduct interviews
- Write news releases, feature articles, and editorials
- Conduct media training
Job training for an Army National Guard Public Affairs mass communication specialist requires 22 weeks of paid training.
Part of this time is spent in the classroom and part takes place 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
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