Friday, July 29, 2011


IGFC photographers, videographers graduate Public Affairs Course Written by Spc. Paul Holston, USF-I Public Affairs Monday, July 25, 2011

Six photographers and videographers from Iraqi Ground Forces Command Public Affairs graduated from the United States Forces – Iraq Advanced Public Affairs Course July 23 at Camp Iraqi Hero.

The course, held from Jan. 15 to July 16, was a continuation of a basic public affairs course organized by the previous public affairs sections.

“The goal of the current USF-I Public Affairs Office was to take its counterparts’ accumulated training one step further, as well as to train the students to serve as trainers and instructors so that the training could continue after U.S. Forces redeploy from Iraq,” said Maj. Kristian Sorensen, director of the Advanced Public Affairs Course with USF-I and XVIII Airborne Corps Public Affairs Office.

“Seven months ago I was assigned a task to continue a mission in assisting the public affairs section of the IGFC with a training program,” said Sorensen addressing the students. “I understood that this was not the first time that you had American service members coming to your location to show you how we accomplish our public affairs mission.”

Not only were course requirements met by the students, but the six who attended the course were consistently asking for more training, hands-on experience as well as training materials. The USF-I Public Affairs Office decided to extend the course even further by adding three additional classes to meet their requests.

Graduates of the course demonstrated proficiency in advanced photography, advanced video production, video editing, camera maintenance, ethics in journalism, Photoshop skills, creating media advisories, preparing for an interview, conducting an interview, writing a feature story and writing photo captions...

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