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Welcome to The Charger Voice, the student news publication of Benjamin Franklin High School in Queen Creek, Arizona.

EDITORIAL POLICY

  • The Charger Voice, the official student newspaper of Benjamin Franklin High School and its online edition, chargervoice.com, have been established as forums for student expression and as a voice in the uninhibited, free and open discussion of issues.
  • Content of The Charger Voice, therefore, represents only the views of the student staff and not school officials.
  • The Charger Voice 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, The Charger Voice will not be reviewed or restrained prior to publication.
  • The Charger Voice 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a violation of copyright or electronic manipulations changing the essential truth of the photo or illustration will not be published.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 The Charger Voice, school officials are therefore not liable for content. The Charger Voice and its advisors 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 Charger Voice 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 The Charger Voice can be held responsible for editorial content decisions.
  • The Charger Voice is a tool in learning the process of journalism, and operates as a learning laboratory.
  • As a forum for student expression, The Charger Voice 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 Charger Voice editorial board reserves the right to accept or reject any ad.
  • The Charger Voice 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 Charger Voice staff will follow the guidelines established in the NSPA Model Code of Ethics for High School Journalists.

 

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