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§1—Effective Dates: This policy shall become effective on the date of enactment and remain in force until it is rescinded. It shall be reviewed each year, or at any time that some section appears inappropriate or out of date.

§2—Purpose and Accountability: This policy applies to all matters relating to broadcast methods of communicating with the public and CATO members and prescribes the decision making authority and administration procedures, to include all electronic and print media. Unless approved by the CATO Board of Directors, the CATO Board Secretary will assume responsibilities as the Executive Editor, as prescribed in §4 of this policy.

§3—Scope: This policy is focused on all matters specifically related to broadcast communications within the CATO Organization to the public or members at large.

§4—Responsibilities: This policy is focused on all matters specifically related to mass communications within the CATO Organization to the public and/or members at large.
4.1 The CATO Board designates the Executive Editor as the decision making authority for all administrative matters.
4.1.1. The Executive Editor shall be a Board member with full voting privileges.
4.1.1.1. The Executive Editor shall oversee the content of all communications that represent the CATO organization to its members and the public. Specifically, the Executive Editor is responsible for planning, scheduling, organizing, staffing, and budgeting for all broadcasting which represents the CATO organization.
4.1.1.2 In addition, the Executive Editor is responsible for the oversight of all personnel, paid or volunteer, assigned to any duty which involves communication on behalf of the CATO organization to the public and/or membership at large.
4.2 The Managing Editor reports to the Executive Editor.
4.2.1. The Managing Editor may be a volunteer, subcontractor or employee.
4.2.1.1. The Managing Editor shall coordinate and oversee all editorial activities involving the CATO News magazine, and any further duties as may be assigned by the Executive Editor. Specifically, the Managing Editor is responsible for the timely publication of the CATO News magazine, the outlay, and all other aspects related to the publication. The Managing Editor is also responsible for all matters related to advertising, to include sales.
4.2.1.2. The Managing Editor shall have broad discretionary authority in dealing with all matters of the CATO News magazine, to include encouraging aspiring authors, editing for readability, selection of photographs, artwork and graphics, coordination with publishers and advertisers, and similar issues.
4.2.1.3. All personnel, paid or volunteer, who contribute to the CATO News magazine report directly to the Managing Editor.
4.3 The Webmaster reports to the Executive Editor.
4.3.1 The Webmaster may be a volunteer, subcontractor or employee.
4.3.1.1. The Webmaster shall coordinate and oversee all editorial activities involving the CATONews.org website and any further duties as may be assigned by the Executive Editor. Specifically, the Webmaster is responsible for the installation, development and maintenance of all electronic features on the CATONews.org website.
4.3.1.2. The Webmaster shall have broad discretionary authority in dealing with all matters related to access, outlay, features and maintenance issues concerning the CATONews.org website.
4.3.2. All Module Managers report to the Webmaster.
4.3.2.1. All module managers are volunteers.
4.3.2.2. Module Managers are responsible for the content, maintenance and upkeep of, notifications, schedules, fees, research material and other features available for CATO members specifically focused on a designated function, subject or website “area.”
4.4 The Facebook Webmaster reports to the Executive Editor.
4.4.1 The Facebook Webmaster may be a volunteer, subcontractor or employee.
4.4.1.1. The Facebook Webmaster shall coordinate and oversee all editorial activities involving the CATO Facebook website and any related duties as may be assigned by the Executive Editor. Specifically, the Facebook Webmaster is responsible for the selection, publication, and editing of all media displayed on the CATO Facebook website.
4.4.1.2. The Facebook Webmaster shall have broad discretionary authority in dealing with all matters related to content and comments that may be perceived as representing the CATO organization.

§5—Policy and Procedures
5.1. Printed Media—Printed media includes all periodicals, fliers, placards, posters, printed announcements, correspondence, or any other “hard copy” medium intended to represent the CATO organization to the members at large or the public.
5.1.1. CATO News—The CATO News is the professional journal of the CATO organization and is published quarterly. The magazine is intended to be part of a “dual platform” method of communication in conjunction with the CATO website.
5.1.2. CATO Letterhead—The CATO organization has prepared stationery and envelopes with the organizational name, address and logo intended for official correspondence.
5.1.2.1. Only voting CATO Board members are authorized to use or sign CATO letterhead or use envelopes with the CATO logo.
5.2. Electronic Media—Electronic media includes all audio recordings, video, multimedia and online media, to include any electronic storage media, such as DVDs, CD-ROM, or computer applications that may be perceived to represent the CATO organization.
5.2.1. CATO website—The CATO website represents CATO to the public at large but also has private areas reserved for members of CATO. The website is intended to be part of a “dual platform” method of communication in conjunction with the CATO News magazine.
5.2.2. The Executive Editor is responsible for ensuring the proprietary domain name (CATONews.org) remains current and fully funded. At the Executive Editor’s discretion, additional domain names may be reserved and/or used to augment the CATONews.org brand mark.
5.2.3. The CATO website is intended to augment the CATO News magazine by providing media and information not appropriate for printed media, such as videos, audio files, contact information, and more comprehensive information.
5.3. The CATO Facebook site is intended to provide contemporary open source information to the CATO membership and public at large. It provides a forum for exchange of information, hyperlinks to relevant articles, videos and other sites, and notices to CATO members on issues that concern them.
5.3.1. The CATO Facebook site is intended to amplify both the CATO News magazine and the CATO website but with a focus on free flow of information regarding contemporary issues and ideas and is largely independent of content of other CATO media, including the CATO News magazine and CATO website.
5.3.2. The Facebook Webmaster shall have broad discretionary authority in the content and comments representing CATO to the general public. Accordingly, the Facebook Webmaster may edit, censor or delete comments, articles or any other material, that is deemed to be embarrassing, demeaning, discourteous, or disrespectful.
5.4. Advertising—For purposes of this policy, the term “advertising” shall include any paid promotion to encourage a purchase, attendance, membership or other product or activity.
5.4.1. The Executive Editor, upon recommendation of the Managing Editor, Webmaster or Facebook Webmaster, (as appropriate) shall have the authority to establish pricing, format, repetitions, and all other conditions regarding advertising in any CATO mass communication.
5.4.2. The Executive Editor, upon recommendation of the Managing Editor, Webmaster or Facebook Webmaster, (as appropriate) may require edits, and/or refuse to publish any advertising that is deemed to be embarrassing, demeaning, discourteous, or disrespectful. Moreover, the Executive Editor shall have broad discretion in limiting the number of advertisements, number of repetitions, scheduling, size, style or format, and may designate that authority to the Managing Editor, Webmaster or Facebook Webmaster.