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Editorial Policy

The Parkway West Publications Editorial Policy pertains to all media published on the Parkway West Pathfinder website, pwestpathfinder.com.

General Policy

The Parkway West Pathfinder is the official student-produced media of news and information published/produced by Parkway West Publications students.  The Parkway West Pathfinder has been established as a designated public forum for student editors to inform and educate their readers as well as for the discussion of issues of concern to their audience. The electronic media (including online, broadcast and podcast media) produced by Pathfinder students are entitled to the same protections – and subjected to the same freedoms and responsibilities – as any media produced for print publication. It will not be reviewed or restrained by school officials prior to publication or distribution.

Advisers may – and should –coach and discuss content during the writing process. Because school officials do not engage in prior review, and the content of The Pathfinder is determined by and reflects only the views of the student staff and not school officials or the school itself, its student editorial board and responsible student staff members assume complete legal and financial liability for the content of the publication.

The duly appointed co-editors shall interpret and enforce this editorial policy.

Content

The Parkway West Pathfinder and its staff are protected by and bound to the principles of the First Amendment and other protections and limitations afforded by the Constitution and the various laws and court decisions implementing those principles. The Parkway West Pathfinder will not publish any material determined by student editors or the student editorial board to be unprotected, that is, material that is libelous, obscene, materially disruptive of the school process, an unwarranted invasion of privacy, a violation of copyright or a promotion of products or services unlawful (illegal) as to minors as defined by state or federal law. Definitions and examples for the above instances of unprotected speech can be found in Law of the Student Press published by the Student Press Law Center.

Letters to the editor, guest editorials and other correspondence are encouraged but must be signed. The Pathfinder reserves the right to publish or refrain from publishing, as well as edit for content, clarity or length, all submitted material.”

The Editorial Board

  1. The editorial board consists of the members of the Parkway West Pathfinder staff that have been appointed editorial positions.
  2. Each editorial board member will have one vote on the board.
  3. The editorial board will determine the content, including all unsigned editorials. The views stated in editorials represent that of a majority of the editorial board. Signed columns or reviews represent only the opinion of the author.
  4. Final content decisions and responsibility shall remain with the student editorial board. The editorial board makes all decisions that pertain directly to the Parkway West Pathfinder and the interests of its participants.
  5. The Parkway West Pathfinder will not avoid publishing a story solely on the basis of possible dissent or controversy.
  6. All members of the editorial board are expected to know their duties and jobs in the room and must understand the consequences of not fulfilling said jobs.
  7. The student editor and staff who want appropriate outside legal advice regarding proposed content – should seek attorneys knowledgeable in media law such as those of the Student Press Law Center. Final content decisions and responsibility shall remain with the student editorial board.
  8. The duly appointed co-editors shall interpret and enforce this editorial policy.

Errors

  1. Concerns regarding errors should be voiced to The Parkway West Pathfinder sponsor, Debra Klevens at [email protected] or (314) 415-5540.
  2. The editorial board determines if a significant error is printed.
  3. The editorial board will determine the manner and timeliness of a correction. When a significant correction is made on an web article, the correction will be noted on the story along with the date and time of the correction.

Standards of Publication

  1. The staff of the Parkway West Pathfinder will strive to report all issues in a legal, objective, accurate and ethical manner, according to the Canons of Professional Journalism developed by the Society for Professional Journalists.
  2. The Canons of Professional Journalism include a code of ethics concerning accuracy, responsibility, integrity, conflict of interest, impartiality, fair play, freedom of the press, independence, sensationalism, personal privacy, obstruction of justice, credibility and advertising.

The Adviser

  1. The adviser will not act as a censor or determine the content of the paper.
  2. The adviser will offer advice and instruction, following the Code of Ethics for Advisers established by the Journalism Education Association as well as the Canons of Professional Journalism.
  3. School officials shall not fire or otherwise discipline advisers for content in student media that is determined and published by the student staff.

 

Source: http://jeasprc.org/wp-content/uploads/2009/10/jeamodeleditpolicy-2013.pdf

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