Learning Objective: Recognize the rules governing the
establishment of CE and funded newspapers.
Commanders are encouraged to establish Navy
newspapers when the following two conditions exist:
(1) they have a valid need to disseminate information
and (2) a newspaper is the most cost-effective means of
fulfilling the commands communications need.
Normally, only one Navy newspaper is permitted at
a location where more than one command or
headquarters is co-located. This rule does not apply to
ships, as each ship may have its own newspaper. When
more than one command or headquarters is at an
installation (for example, a naval air station with several
tenant commands), the host commander will publish
one newspaper to coverall assigned units and activities.
In this instance, the following requirements must be
. The host commander gives balanced coverage to
other commands, their people and activities.
. Commands supported by the host newspaper
provide the newspaper staff with coverage of
their units. These units should assign its public
affairs representatives to act as stringers to the
newspaper. The stringer method of news
gathering will be explained later in this chapter.
In some cases, the host commander appoints
another command to publish the single authorized
newspaper when the majority of resident organizations
agree. Commanders (other than the installation
commander) who want to establish their own
newspapers must first request authority from their major
commands as an exception to policy. Requests must be
submitted through the installation commander and
approved in writing before publication can begin.
Forward copies of approved exceptions to CHINFO.
Learning Objective: Identify the elements needed to
maintain the degree of journalism excellence required
in CE and funded newspapers.
Navy newspapers are expected to display the
highest standards, of journalistic techniques and ideals.
Navy newspapers should provide their readerships with
a quality product. Excellence should be the goal of every
phase of newspaper productioncontent, design,
organization, photography, reporting, writing and
Content should be relevant, factual, objective, frank
and timely. Content and graphics must avoid morbid,
sensational or alarming details not appropriate to factual
reporting. As the newspaper staff supervisor, you must
make sure the highest regard for decorum, propriety and
good taste is followed.
A newspapers style should be consistent. To
accomplish this, you should adopt the latest edition of
The Associated Press Stylebook and Libel Manual as
your primary stylebook. The stylebook may be
purchased through a local bookstore or directly from
The Associated Press.
Some newspaper editors find it necessary to
supplement the AP Styleguide with a locally produced
stylebook. This stylebook may include some of the
following items that are unique to the newspaper:
Capitalization and punctuation rules
Cutline and caption styles
By-lines and photo credits
Ship or aircraft squadron designations
Computer usage procedures
Be sure to ask for staff input before settling on the
content and format of your stylebook.
Webster 3 New World Dictionary of the American
Language (Third College Edition) should serve as the
newspaper staffs dictionary of first reference, as
indicated by The Associated Press. Be sure to address
this area in your stylebook.
All photos could be in color, but the cost for a
four-color press run is often prohibitive on a routine
basis. The use of spot color and four-color processes in