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

Questions?

Does my job requrie media training?

A survey of engineering school faculty members found that 15 percent of an engineer's future success is dependent upon his or her engineering skills, while 85 percent depends on communication skills."

Sherman's 21 Laws of Speaking
by Rob Sherman

 As a member of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and a professional public servant, there may come a time when you will be asked to talk about what you do for our country. Many of you, some more than others, will have this opportunity thrust upon you as a subject matter expert. Even if you've never spoken to the media and never will, every employee is a Corps spokesperson. As a Corps and federal employee, what you say and do around friends and relatives, while shopping, dining out, or wherever you may be, can reflect upon the integrity and reputation of the Corps and the government.

Generally, if you work in one of the areas listed below, you should complete this training at a minimum.  Although employees in these job categories are encouraged to have media training, all employees can benefit from this quick course. After this course, if you are interested in advanced media training, contact the Corporate Communications Office.

  • Archaeologists
  • Area Engineers
  • Biologists
  • Command Group
  • District Leadership
  • Emergency Operations Specialists
  • Emergency Team Leaders
  • Environmental Specialists
  • Flood Area Engineers
  • Key Area Personnel
  • Lake and Project Managers
  • Lockmasters
  • Operations Branch Chiefs
  • Program Managers
  • Project Engineers
  • Rangers/Natural Resources Specialists
  • Regulatory Specialists
  • River Operations Section Chiefs
  • Special Project Leaders
  • Special Team Members
  • Technical Division Chiefs
  • Water Control/Hydraulic Specialists