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b. Oversea News Service. (1) A world news summary
of varying length and character is cabled overseas daily addressed
to the commanding general of the theater of operations.
The Special Service Company commander should make
arrangements through the special service officer of the headquarters
to which the company is assigned for this service
and should cooperate with the special service officer in securing
a prompt circulation of the news. In view of the necessity
for sending news overseas in telegraphic style, editing of
the news summary is essential. The librarians should edit
the daily news summary and insert appropriate headlines.
The daily news summary can be used effectively in camp
newspapers provided other methods of circulation have not
been used. When other means of disseminating the news
summary are not available and when so directed by higher
authority, the publishing facilities of the Special Service Company
can be used by the company commander for purposes
of securing prompt circulation of news summaries.
(2) The Special Service Company can render a valuable
service to the troops in the area in which it is operating by
providing copies of news summaries and by making arrangements
for such summaries to be read to troops which are
being serviced. The Newsmap and the news summary provide
a good basis for organizing news discussion groups.
Liaison arrangements may be made with orientation officers
and other orientation personnel for such discussion groups.
c. Radio-Information and Entertainment Programs.
It is the responsibility of the company commander of the
Special Service Company operating overseas to maintain contact
with the special service officer of the theater of operations
to secure information pertaining to the operation of
radio in the area where troops are being serviced by the
(1) The librarians of the Special Service Company, with the
help of the radio technicians, should follow the practice of
making a log of radio stations audible in the area, showing
call letters of stations, frequency (position on dial), names
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