The Press Section answers press queries, publicizes
the Embassy activities, and articulates U.S. government
policies for the Kazakhstani media. It also organizes press
conferences for visiting U.S. officials and assists the
western news media working in Kazakhstan. In addition, the
Information Section distributes publications on democracy,
economics, human rights, U.S. legislation, and other matters
of current interest to government officials, academic
institutions, news media, and nongovernmental organizations.
The Information Section is headed by Press Officer
Jacqueline McKennan, resident in Astana +7-3172-580-890.
The Press Officer works with Information Assistants to
maintain contacts between journalists and the U.S. Embassy.
They issue press releases, answer media
inquiries, and distribute U.S. television and radio products. They also link local
journalists and other interested people with U.S. government
officials or other specialists in the United States through
electronic dialogues by Internet, telephone and satellite.
Together with the Cultural Section, the Information Section also helps to
provide training and educational materials to journalists and
opportunities for them to understand journalism as it is
practiced in the United States.
Information Service relies on a variety of media and methods to accomplish
its public diplomacy mission. The Washington File provides
time-sensitive news and analysis, official statements, texts
and transcripts. The File is available daily
in Russian. WorldNet
provides a local audience with direct access to U.S. policymakers
through a variety of live and taped multilingual news and information
television programs acquired from commercial and public broadcast
organizations. Information Service also connects specialists in different fields
with their counterparts in the United States through telepress
conferences by telephone.