Publications Department Goals:
As your DSO-PB I have two primary goals. The first is to increase communication throughout the Publications (PB) Department from flotilla to district level. The second is to improve the quality of newsletters within our district. To accomplish the second goal, we must succeed in the first. Communication is critical. I suggest PB officers within every division develop working collaborations whereby you proofread each other's newsletters. Many publications officers may be required to submit their newsletter to their commander before publishing and distributing, and then proofreading your publications before sending them on to the elected leaders final approval. Also, be sure to read each other's newsletters. When you see articles or formats that you like or critical information that your readers would appreciate, do not hesitate to reprint... but always provide proper credit! I encourage every SO-PB and FSO-PB to share their work with other flotillas within the division.
Another great resource for that final proofread is your counterpart in Public Affairs (PA). We are part of the same directorate with the same qualifications but with different areas of responsibilities.
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Please take advantage of these officers when you have questions or need help. All SOs-PB should submit their quarterly reports to DSO-PB. Flotilla's within divisions that do not have a SO-PB should submit their reports directly to the DSO-PB. If you have questions about how to complete the report or what information you should enter, please ask. While few people like preparing reports, they are critical. (Please note the distribution list in the Publications Officer's Guide. Always include the SO and ADSO-PB when distributing newsletters.)
All articles submitted to the Breeze should follow the chain of communication (FSO-PB - SO-PB - ADSO-PB). A second avenue for submission to Breeze is through the Public Affairs chain. Articles should be limited to 750 words. Longer articles require approval. We give preference to articles by and about the members and their various missions and activities... and we love great photos of the members in action! Send high resolution photos as attachments. Never embed them in an email or document.
Often, a complete article is not required to tell a story. A great photograph with a strong caption can convey a great deal. While we do not require VIRIN ID numbers, we do need complete caption info: WHO, WHAT, WHERE, WHEN, WHY/HOW - and don't forget the photographer's name! (To write complete captions yourself, refer to the USCG Public Affairs Stylebook located under the PB Resources tab for how to write captions.) Please do not edit photos. Trust us to make them look their best. We are looking forward to another banner year.
District 7 is one of the largest and most active districts within the Auxiliary. Let us show off our units and members and all that we do!
R. Michael Stringer, DSO-PB