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PUBLIC INFORMATION TECHNICIAN

SUMMARY:

The Public Information Technician is responsible for providing and reporting information to the public concerning various activities and events. This position is governed by state and federal laws and institution policy.

TYPICAL FUNCTIONS:

Conducts interviews with individuals to gather information for news articles and stories.

Researches past publications and records to obtain pertinent information about subjects of articles and stories.

Covers on-site events to report activities through articles and stories.

Writes and proofreads news articles, feature stories, or hometown releases about campus activities, students, faculty or staff.

Disseminates news releases to newspaper, radio, and television media.

Gathers and reviews information collected from students, faculty, and staff for various publications.

Determines content for publications and advises groups on format, layout, and design.

Proofreads final product from printer and arranges for distribution of publications.

Responds to requests for information by providing handouts and brochures, escorting visitors, making presentations, and narrating scripts.

Performs other duties as assigned.

SPECIAL JOB DIMENSIONS:

This position may require in-state travel to report on activities and events.

KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS:

Knowledge of language usage for writing and speaking purposes.

Knowledge of journalistic writing styles. Knowledge of format, design, and layout for publications purposes. Ability to collect, compose, and edit data for writing or commentary. Ability to oversee activities associated with producing campus publications. Ability to arrange and coordinate media activities.

MINIMUM EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE:

The formal education equivalent of a high school diploma; plus two years of specialized training in journalism, public relations, or related field; plus one year of experience in journalism, public relations, or a related area.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS:

Must possess a valid Arkansas driver


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