ANNUAL CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FROM QUALIFIED NAVY PERSONNEL FOR THE SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY ADVANCED MILITARY VISUAL JOURNALISM TRAINING PROGRAM 2024:

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SUBJ/ANNUAL CALL FOR APPLICATIONS FROM QUALIFIED NAVY PERSONNEL FOR THE 
SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY ADVANCED MILITARY VISUAL JOURNALISM TRAINING PROGRAM 
2024// 
 
POC/MCCM TONY SISTI/CHINFO SEA/LOC:  WASHINGTON DC/TEL:  COMM: (703) 692-4704 
/DSN: 222-4704/EMAIL:  anthony.b.sisti.mil@us.navy.mil// 
 
RMKS/1.  The Navy is soliciting applications from Mass Communication 
Specialists (MC) for the Syracuse University Newhouse School's Advanced 
Military Visual Journalism (AMVJ) training program for academic year 2024-
2025.  The class reporting date for both the photojournalism and graphic 
design programs is tentatively scheduled for 29 July 2024 with a projected 
graduation date of 8 May 2025.  Applicants may apply by submitting the 
appropriate portfolio as outlined in paragraphs 2d. and 2e. 
 
2.  Applications must be submitted no later than 29 March 2024.  For complete 
directions and guidance for electronic submission, contact POC listed above 
and in paragraph 7.  Applications must include the following: 
    a.  A command endorsement on letterhead summarizing the candidate's 
qualifications, including a statement certifying the portfolio is the sole 
work of the applicant, and recommendation for candidate's acceptance in the 
program.  Parent commands are responsible for eligibility verification of 
endorsed candidates and submission of applicable waivers.  Waivers of 
prerequisites (e.g., TIS, PG, TOS, etc.) will be considered on a case-by-case 
basis.  Commanding Officers should address applicant's maturity, ability to 
work independently, financial security, and academic ability when 
recommending 
    a nominee, particularly when requesting waivers. 
    b.  An essay explaining why a candidate is interested in the AMVJ 
program.  Essay should include motivations, influences, expectations, and 
post-course desires. 
    c.  A portfolio demonstrating sufficient technical ability to 
successfully complete the course.  An applicant must submit a portfolio with 
communication products from across the full spectrum of media disciplines.   
Each product in the portfolio must follow the rules listed in the category 
descriptions found within the standard operating procedures for the Navy 
Public Affairs Awards. 
    d. Photojournalism program portfolio requirements.  Candidates must 
submit a portfolio consisting of seven examples of their work.  Portfolio 
must contain the following: 
        (1) One writing product from the Individual Writing category. 
        (2) One video story from the Individual Video category. 
        (3) Four photo products from the Individual Photo category (must have 
one photo series, one portrait, and two photos from any other Individual 
Photo category). 
        (4) One graphic design product from any of the Individual Graphic 
Design categories. 
    e.  Graphics program portfolio requirements.  Candidates must submit a 
portfolio consisting of seven examples of their work.  Portfolio must contain 
the following: 
        (1) One animation product. 
        (2) Two layout and design products. 
        (3) Two digital art products. 
        (4) One identity design product. 
        (5) One writing product from the Individual Writing category. 
    f.  Applicants are required to provide a biography as part of the 
submission process.  The biography is not part of the selection process but 
will be used to identify and introduce the selectees to the faculty and staff 
at the University if selected.  No biography photo required. 
 
3.  Prior to acceptance to the program and distribution of orders, applicants 
must: 
    a.  Be approved to reenlist or extend in the MC Rating through June 2029. 
    b.  Have a command-endorsed 1306. 
    c.  Be within physical fitness assessment standards to include no PFA 
failures in the past three years. 
    d.  Not have any civil or Non-Judicial Punishment violations in the past 
three years. 
 
4.  Course scope, prerequisites and portfolio requirements are found in 
CANTRAC, which can be accessed via the Navy Education and Training Command 
website at https://www.netc.navy.mil/.  Click on the CANTRAC icon at the 
bottom of the webpage and search for course information using either Course 
Identification Number listed in paragraph 1 or the title, Advanced Military 
Visual Journalism. 
 
5.  Applicants in their orders window, and not yet selected for orders, must 
contact the detailer with your intentions.  Applicants who have executed 
orders and are enroute to their next command are not eligible.  Navy 
Personnel Command has the final approval prior to final selection. 
 
6.  The selection board will convene in March 2024.  Selectees will be 
notified via Naval message in April 2024. 
 
7.  Point of contact is MCCM Anthony Sisti who can be reached by email at 
anthony.b.sisti.mil@us.navy.mil or by phone at (703) 692-4704. 
 
8.  Contact Master Chief Sisti directly for the submission process. 
 
9.  Request widest dissemination. 
 
10.  Released by RDML R. M. Perry, Chief of Information.// 
 
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