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St. Louis Park Media Publication Policies
The publications are designated public forums for student expression in which students make all decisions of content without prior review from school officials or the public. The adviser will not act as a censor, but will advise students. Students have the final decision on all content.
Because students learn more when they make publication choices. Prior review or restraint does not teach students how to produce higher quality journalism. The only way to teach students to take responsibility for their decisions is to empower them to make those decisions freely. Additionally, democracy depends on students understanding that all voices have a right to be heard and knowing they have a voice in their school and community.
Content represents views of the student staff and not school officials. The publications will work to avoid bias and/or favoritism. We will strive to make our coverage and content meaningful and interesting to all our readers. In order to strive for objectivity, journalists should avoid covering stories of which they are involved. Journalists should avoid a real or perceived conflict of interest as well.
The publications will not shy away from covering newsworthy controversial issues of importance to students. Journalists should work to cover these topics robustly. Reporting in scholastic media that omits essential pieces of information because of review or restraint is an indirect form of fabrication. It destroys not only truth but credibility and reliability. We will make every effort to avoid printing libel, obscenities, innuendo or invasions of privacy.
The editorial board will consist of the editors of the publications. The editors will ensure their voice represents the student body through writing effective staff editorials and features. Additionally, the editorial board should discuss coverage concerns and should be mindful of creating an inclusive environment
2015 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Hybrid Gold Crown
2015 NSPA Online Pacemaker Finalist
2015 First Amendment Press Freedom Award Seventh Place
First Place, 2015 Newspaper Best of Show, Broadsheet, Pages 1-12 (NSPA, Denver)
First Place, 2015 Website Best of Show, Small School, (NSPA, Denver)
2015 NSPA Newspaper Pacemaker Finalist
2015 NSPA Newspaper Pacemaker
First Place, 2015 Newspaper Tabloid 16 or Fewer Pages, Pages 1-12 (NSPA, Orlando)
2016 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Hybrid Gold Crown