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| This article may need to be wikified to meet Wikipedia's quality standards. Please help by adding relevant internal links, or by improving the article's layout. (May 2012) Click [show] on right for more details.[show]| Public Information Officers (PIOs) are the communications coordinators or spokespersons of certain governmental organizations (i.e. city, county, school district, state government and police/fire departments). They differ from public relations departments of private organizations in that marketing plays a more limited role. The primary responsibility of a PIO is to provide information to the media and public as required by law and according to the standards of their profession. Many PIOs are former journalists, bringing unique and relevant experience to the position. During crises and emergencies, PIOs are often identified by wearing helmets or vests with the letters "PIO" on them. Among the oldest and largest public information professional organizations is The California Association of Public Information Officials or CAPIO. Function
* A public information officer researches, develops, writes and coordinates media campaigns for the various departments. He also coordinates public relations activities for governments and selected departments. The officer is responsible for preparing budgets in relation to marketing ventures and public relations programs. He creates illustration and printing of public relations material. He prepares reviews and edits news conferences, news releases and newsletters. The public information officer is the spokesperson for departments by participating in interviews with the media. This person is also responsible for supervising the work of public information specialists or aides. Education
* Persons in this position typically hold a bachelor's degree in mass media communication or public relations with coursework focused on public or business administration. * Sponsored Links
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* Public information officers are knowledgeable in a variety of journalistic styles, current principles, techniques and objectives of public information and relations programs. The officer is also knowledgeable in effective supervision. Skills
* In this position, public information officers must be skilled in office procedures, including word processing, spreadsheets and databases. They are skilled in managing records, handling supervisory responsibilities, accounting, data collection, and researching and report preparation. Public information officers also know the practices of budget preparation along with organizational skills.
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The Public Information Office (PIO) acts as a mirror to UNOMIG and as an active link, both within the Mission and with local and international audiences and other interested parties. In short, the task of PIO is to reach the right audience at the right time with up-to date public information material on the aims and activities of UNOMIG in various fields. As part of the UNOMIG exchange of information, PIO also maintains the UNOMIG website. An open window on UNOMIG activities, www.unomig.org is updated on a daily basis and is available not only for UNOMIG users, but also for a wider audience. Unomig.org, established by the PIO, has first launched in 2002. Since then, the website has been significantly enhanced technically and by contents. UNOMIG website features Daily Review of Georgian media, a product by PIO which is published on weekdays at 6 PM, meeting the start of working day in UN Headquarters in New York, although the information is...