Information Specialist Duties and Responsibilities
Purpose of Classification:
Produces journalistic materials for information dissemination, i.e.,
prepares and edits information for presentation to the public
through various news media and publications.
the second in a series of three classifications. It is distinguished
from the assistant level by a greater degree of expertise and
responsibility and less supervision required.
Examples of Duties:
- Writes news items and articles for various news media.
- Writes and edits feature articles for various university
- Initiates information dissemination projects with national
and regional magazines and wire services and responds to their
requests for information and articles.
- Conducts interviews of subjects to gather essential
information and may research topic covered to better perform
information gathering and analysis functions, especially when
covering scientific or technical news stories.
- Arranges press conferences with various media to disseminate
university news stories and to foster positive working
- Prepares promotional or public relations material.
- Shoots photographs for special events or public relations
- Maintains publicity and clipping files.
- Serves as liaison between department and printers.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Knowledge of news reporting and editing principles,
practices and techniques.
- Skill in both verbal and written communication.
Bachelor's degree in Journalism or related field AND two years
public information writing experience; OR, Six years of
progressively responsible public information writing experience; OR,
Any equivalent combination of experience and/or education from which
comparable knowledge, skills and abilities have been achieved.
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