Press Secretary

Press secretaries are essentially intermediaries between their boss and the media. The website says that press secretaries work in federal state and local agencies. Among those who employ press secretaries are the President of the United States members of congress governors mayors country commissioners and candidates running for office. Press secretaries answer questions asked by newspaper radio and television reporters. They scour all sources of news every day to prepare for the questions they are likely to be asked. They draft statements that are released to the press organize press conferences and both schedule and sometimes help draft speeches their boss will give. They also answer letters sent by constituents. Press secretaries walk a fine line because they must be responsive to questions asked by reporters but they must always keep in mind that their boss is their number one priority and they must be able to communicate messages that accurately reflect their boss’s point of view in a manner that is not overly confrontational. Press secretaries usually have a bachelor’s degree in journalism communication or public relations and they need at least two years of experience in the field of journalism before they can tackle this type of job. They often start out working as reporters for newspapers or television stations though some serve as interns for government agencies. They must be quick and accurate at fact finding and also be excellent writers editors and speakers. Just as important however they must be willing to work long hours and remain calm in high stress situations. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics press secretaries earn between approximately $38500 and $71.700 but the highest paid press secretaries can earn close to $100000.

Education Required: Bachelor's Degree
Avg Salary: $69250
High Salary: $100000
Low Salary: $38500
Tasks: Drafts media statements and press releases.
Participates in media interviews.
Informs the public about key issues.
Arranges for press conferences.
Also Called: Political Liaison
Political Media Strategist
Political Advisor
Public Affairs Secretary
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