The term "spokesperson" describes a set of occupations that have in common the duty of communicating information to and from media, government and the public on behalf of a company, agency or other organization.
The term spokesperson is typically used to describe an aspect of any of the following jobs: public information officer, lobbyist, press secretary, public relations specialist or media affairs specialist. Other types of positions are occasionally required to perform spokesperson duties as well.
Responsibilities that fall to an individual performing spokesperson duties include arranging press conferences, appearing for media interviews, and corresponding with individuals and groups on behalf of an organization or, in some cases, an individual.
Constant communication with media and the public allows spokespeople to meet a wide range of people and travel frequently.
Because of frequent contact with media and the public spokespeople are often widely recognized. This can have an effect on a spokesperson's privacy and anonymity. And while it is a benefit for some, frequent travel and exposure to new people can be a stressful to others.
Compensation for jobs involving spokesperson duties varies by job type, organization and experience. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, for example, the median May 2008 salary for a public relations specialist was $51,280.
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