Navy

B610:Mass Communication Specialist

Mass Communication Specialist (MC) are Public Affairs and Visual Information experts. They present the Navy story to audiences in the Navy and to the rest of the world through a variety of media. MCs write and produce print and broadcast journalism news and feature stories for military and civilian newspapers, magazines, television and radio broadcast stations. They record still and video photography of military operations, exercises, and other Navy events. They serve overseas, on ships, and at stateside commands as photographers, public affairs specialists, newspaper and magazine staff, and TV and radio station staff and talent.


Is there a clearance required?: No

Is this a combat or support MOS?: Support


Military Duties:

Mass Communication Specialists write Navy news releases and feature articles from personal interviews, examination of messages, and witnessing of events. They take news and feature photographs and develop photo stories with associated Visual Information Record Identification Number (VIRINS), captions, and pertinent historical data. They understand the Navy Public Affairs mission for the acquisition, processing, and marketing of all internal and external information products through web sites, news releases and internal information products. MCs acquire, transmit, and print electronic imagery. They understand imagery and equipment life-cycle management and archival requirements, and prepare and lay out Navy information products, including web sites, newspapers, and command information brochures using desktop publishing systems. They provide still and video documentation of Navy and joint operational events, and provide visual documentation of combat, combat-support operations, and related peacetime training activities.

Military Duties Translated:

Assess leads and pitch captivating story ideas to editors. Ensure that you meet all regular and recurring deadlines. Review and edit work for editorial approval. Use all your findings to prepare clean, concise and factual articles. Adhere to the ethical code of the profession. Keep records off all notes, interviews, and audio files. Create trustworthy relationships with contacts and sources for use in future research. Keep up-to-date on the latest news developments by attending events, studying different papers, opinion pieces, and social media. Collect, verify and decipher data.

Some civilian jobs best suited to this type of military experience:

Journalist