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Lakevillesouthnews.com is the official student-produced newspaper published monthly by Lakeville South students who are members of Advanced Journalism and lakevillesouthnews.com staff.  The publication has been established as a limited forum for student expression and for the discussion of issues of concern to its audience.  It will not be reviewed or restrained by school officials prior to publication or distribution.  lakevillesouthnews.com 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.

Because lakevillesouthnews.com is a limited forum for student expression, the editorial board, which consists of the staff’s student editors, will determine the content.  The views stated in editorials represent that of a majority of the editorial board.  No single member of the editorial board can be held responsible for editorial content decisions.  Signed columns or reviews represent only the opinion of the author.

Because the content of lakevillesouthnews.com reflects only the views of the student staff and not school officials, lakevillesouthnews.com editorial board will also have complete legal responsibility for what is printed.  lakevillesouthnews.com will strive to not publish material that is libelous, obscene, materially disruptive of the school process, and unwarranted invasion of privacy or a violation of copyright.  Specific definitions for the above instances of unprotected speech can be found in Law of the Student Press published by the Student Press Law Center.

lakevillesouthnews.com welcomes letters to the editor, guest columns and news releases from faculty, administrators, community residents, student and the general public.  Preference will be given to letters 200 words or less, longer letters will be accepted as space allows. We ask that letters to the editor and guest columns contain the author’s name and address.  lakevillesouthnews.com editorial board reserves the right to withhold a letter or column and return it for re-submission if it determines the piece contains items of unprotected speech as determined by this policy or significant grammatical errors.  Letters will be checked for verification.

All online media produced by lakevillesouthnews.com are entitled to the same protections and subject to the same freedoms and responsibilities, as media produced for print publication.

Staff members will strive to correct any error before publication; however, if the editorial board determines a significant error is printed, a formal correction will appear in the following issue.  

Although the adviser of lakevillsouthnews.com has the authority to review lakevillesouthnews.com prior to publication, the adviser will not act as a censor or determine the content of the paper.  The adviser will offer advice and instruction, following the code of ethics set forth for advisers by the Journalism Education Association.

The staff of lakevillesouthnews.com will strive to report all issues in a legal, objective, accurate and ethical manner.    Students will strive to follow the Canons of Professional Journalism including the 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.

In case questions arise over specific copy as defined within this policy, the advice of a communications attorney from the Student Press Law Center is recommended.

lakevillesouthnews.com will not avoid publishing a story solely on the basis of possible dissent or controversy.

lakevillesouthnews.com editorial board reserves the right to accept or reject any ad in print or on the Web.

Electronic manipulations changing the essential truth of the photo or illustrations will be clearly labeled if used.

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