Chances are, government media officers are behind many of the news stories you have read, retweeted or blogged about today.
Working in a media team for the Government Communication Service (GCS) is an exciting and inspiring opportunity that will both challenge and develop you as a professional communicator.
You will be operating at the very heart of government, dealing with and helping to shape news coverage on issues that affect everyday lives.
As a media officer you could be working closely with Ministers, Secretaries of State and senior leaders in a fast paced and exciting environment.
Working in a busy media team, you will work on some of the biggest social, economic, political and security challenges facing the UK today with the opportunity to work in both large-scale government departments and operational front line organisations.
As part of central government, it is our job to help tackle the challenges our country faces and build a Britain that is fit for the future, creating a country with a stronger economy and a fairer society.
Our work reaches audiences as diverse as families, young people, older people, businesses, charities and international governments.
In the last year alone:
• Media officers from the Home Office led the government communications response to the terror attacks in Manchester and London, working closely with the police and others to get potentially life-saving information to the public quickly, including details of threat level changes, the increased presence of the army in public places and support available for victims.
• The Department for Transport media team produced a crisis communications campaign for the collapse of Monarch Air – communicating with tens of thousands of passengers stranded abroad, while also responding to journalists from across the world and launching one of the UK’s biggest programmes to get people home.
• The MoD, DFID and the FCO teams worked together to showcase the government’s swift and effective response to Hurricanes Irma and Katrina, which hit the Caribbean, including British Overseas Territories. This included planning and accompanying media on visits by the Foreign and International Development Secretaries to the region and the arrival of HMS Ocean, carrying UK aid.
• Defra media office planned the launch of a consultation on banning the sale of ivory in the UK, protecting the world’s elephants from being poached for their tusks. Working with national, international and specialist media and creating exciting and shareable digital content led to Defra receiving around 60,000 responses - one of the highest numbers on record.
We are creating a first class communications profession in government to support awareness and engagement with some of the most important issues in our society.
As the professional body for specialist communicators, the GCS will help hone and develop your skills and open up a world of opportunities for you to advance your career. We challenge you to seize that opportunity and see what you can give.