US Army Corps of Engineers
Rock Island District

Media Training Home

Who Needs Media Training

The Training

  • Working with the Media
  • 6 Media Principles
  • 10 Tips to Remember
  • Correcting Errors
  • Media Query Policy
  • Handling a Call
  • Questions You Ask
  • Interview Ground Rules
  • Using Quotes and Bites
  • Avoiding a Disaster
  • Handling Tough Questions
  • Verbal Communication
  • It's Your Attitude
  • Body Language
  • Dress and Appearance
  • Media Opportunities
  • Put the Castle Forward
  • Parting Tips


One of the District's most important responsibilities is to tell the public the Corps' story. Television and radio are excellent conduits to assist us in informing the public about what we do for them and why. If you are likely to speak to the media as part of your job, training can assist you in conducting a successful interview.

The objective of this training is to help you understand and interact with the media and to provide insight into conducting an effective interview.

To determine if your position requires media training, you can visit the Who Needs Media Training page.  However, everyone can benefit from taking this electronic training as it will help you, and help us, better tell the Corps' story; and help the public understand it.

The Corporate Communications Office has laminated Field Media Interview Guide tip cards. To get a copy of this card, please call (309) 794-5274 or e-mail the Corporate Communications Office. Lunch-and-Learns with more media interviewing tips will also be conducted on an intermittent basis and classroom media training is provided to Flood Area Engineers typically on an annual basis.

Please remember to notify the Corporate Communications Office anytime you speak with the media.  Although we regularly scan newspapers and the internet for news articles, we would greatly appreciate receiving copies of articles about your work or that contain quotes by you.  These are important to help us assess our media program and manage the many public issues we face.  Information gathered regarding Rock Island District news is sent daily via District News to all employees.