The School Newspaper of Vista Ridge High School

The Word

About

 

Purpose

The Word, the official, school-sponsored newspaper of Vista Ridge High School, serves as a laboratory and an educational tool in the training of student journalists to provide information and editorial leadership concerning the school, local, national and international issues, to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and viewpoints, and to give coverage of newsworthy events directly related to the school, individual students, staff and organizations. The Word provides readers with a public forum, promoting the exchange of ideas. Students, faculty and staff, administrators, parents and others in the school community are encouraged to react to printed material or to comment on matters of concern.

 

Audience

The Word is written primarily for the students who attend Vista Ridge High School.

Secondary audiences include faculty and staff, some members of the local community, other school journalism programs and organizations that promote scholastic journalism. The Word recognizes that these secondary audiences read the newspaper, and therefore, the staff will recognize criticisms and opinions from these parties.

Coverage

The Word serves its audience with accurate and factual reporting on subjects relevant to the campus community. The Word will attempt to cover all aspects of the campus; however, coverage will depend greatly on an item’s news value.

Although students work under the leadership of a faculty adviser, the content of The Word is determined by the student staff and should reflect all areas of student interest.

The Word will not publish material determined by the editor or editorial board to be “unprotected speech,” meaning any material that is libelous, obscene, disruptive of the school process or an unwarranted invasion of privacy. However, so-called controversial issues cannot be banned because the topics may be unpopular. All content must be newsworthy, reflect an intense scholastic journalism background and a continuously reinforced awareness of audience concerns. The Word staff follows ethical principles including, but not limited to responsibility, freedom of the press, truth and accuracy, impartiality and fairness.

Administration

The Word’s staff and adviser are responsible for all content, which appears in the newspaper. Administrators have a non-review role; they may not control content prior to publication. However, administrators may offer advice on sensitive issues and will offer criticisms that are warranted following publication.

 
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