Editorial Policy

  • News from the Nation, the official student newspaper of Williams Field High School, and its online edition, newsfromthenation.net, have been established as forums for student expression and as a voice in the uninhibited, free and open discussion of issues.
  • Content of News from the Nation, therefore, represents only the views of the student staff and not school officials.
  • News from the Nation 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 court decisions implementing those principles.
  • As a forum for student expression, News from the Nation will not be reviewed or restrained prior to publication.
  • News from the Nation and its staff will strive not to publish any material determined by student editors or the student editorial board to be unprotected; that is, material that is libelous, obscene, material disruptive of the school process, an unwarranted invasion of privacy, a violation of copyright or electronic manipulations changing the essential truth of the photo or illustration will not be published.
  • With this in mind, student journalists have the sole right to determine the content of the official student publication. By not interfering with News from the Nation, school officials are therefore not liable for content. The News from the Nation adviser will not act as censor.
  • In case questions arise over specific copy as defined within this policy, the advice of a practicing communications attorney would be sought.
  • The News from the Nation editorial board as a whole will be responsible for determining editorial opinions, which represent the opinions of a majority of the editorial board. No single member of News from the Nation can be held responsible for editorial content decisions.
  • News from the Nation is a tool in learning the process of journalism, and operates as a learning laboratory.
  • As a forum for student expression, News from the Nation will publish all letters to the editor, provided they are 300 words or less and contain the author’s name and student ID number. We reserve the right to withhold a letter or column and return it for more information if we determine it contains items of unprotected speech as defined by this policy. Letters will be edited for spelling and grammar and checked for verification. Should a letter contain errors in fact, excessive grammatical errors or be too long, it will be returned to the author for resubmission.
  • The News from the Nation editorial board reserves the right to accept or reject any ad.
  • News from the Nation may cover the deaths of current students and past and present staff and faculty as the editorial board is made aware of them. We reserve the right to decide not to cover a death based on relevance, timeliness and circumstances decided on by the editorial board. In cases the editorial board decides not to cover death, letters to the editor regarding that death will be printed.
  • The News from the Nation staff will follow the guidelines established in the NSPA Model Code of Ethics for High School Journalists.
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Editorial Policy