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Public Affairs Specialist Journalist Details

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.

  • 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 a public affairs specialist requires 11 weeks of Basic Combat Training and 12 weeks of Advanced Individual Training with on-the-job instruction.

Advanced Individual Training: 11 weeks at Fort Meade, MD

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
  • Detail-oriented
  • Enjoy researching facts and issues for news stories
  • Can write clearly and concisely

General Technical (GT): 107

The skills you learn will help prepare you for a future with newspaper, 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.