Policies

Our Mission Statement: We, The Roar staff, will inform and entertain the student body truthfully in a timely manner with viable sources using quality writing and photos on social media and an easily accessible website.

As preservers of democracy, The Roar shall protect, encourage and enhance free speech and the exchange of ideas as a means of protecting our American way of life.

Because school officials do not engage in prior review, and the content of The Roar 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.

Student journalists may use electronic media to report news and information, to communicate with other students and individuals, to ask questions of and consult with experts and to gather material to meet their news gathering and research needs.

The Roar 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 Roar 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.

The editorial board, which consists of the staff’s student editors, will determine the content, including all unsigned editorials. The views stated in editorials represent that of a majority of the editorial board. Signed reviews represent only the opinion of the author.

The Roar editorial board reserves the right to withhold a comment if it contains unprotected speech or grammatical errors that could hamper its meaning.

Staff members will strive to correct errors prior to publication; however, if the editorial board determines a significant error is printed, the editorial board will determine the manner and timeliness of a correction.  The staff of

The Roar 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. 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 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 for Advisers established by the Journalism Education Association as well as the Canons of Professional Journalism. School officials shall not fire or otherwise discipline advisers for content in student media that is determined and published by the student staff.

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.

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

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

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

All articles, graphics, photos, art, columns, pages, reviews, and other material creatively conceived–with exception of staff editorials, mug shots and cut-outs will be bylined with the producer’s name.

All bylined writers will be held accountable for their work.

When more than one person has contributed creatively to a piece of work, any person who has contributed to the work must be bylined as a producer.

The staff of The Roar 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.

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.

We encourage readers to voice their opinions respectfully in regards to both the readers and writers of the publication.

Comments will be pre-moderated, and may be removed if deemed to be in violation of this policy.

Comments should remain on topic, concerning the article they are about. Brevity is encouraged. Posting under a pseudonym is not permitted.

A comment will be deleted if:

  • The comment attacks a named or identified person or group unreasonably;
  • The comment makes readers unreasonably uncomfortable on the basis of one’s race, gender, religion, disability, ethnicity, sexual orientation or otherwise.
  • The comment attacks personally any school employee.
  • The comment contains excessive obscenities or sexual explicitness.