The Student News Site of Mead High School

The Mav

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The Mav Mission Statement

As Mead High School’s student ran newspaper The Mav, we seek to represent student life and the lives of the surrounding areas in order to draw connections between members of Mead’s diverse community. Through a fresh perspective, The Mav will showcase new and traditionally underrepresented cultures, groups, and individuals who make up the student body. Moreover, The Mav will remain dedicated to the tenants of ethical journalism which involves accurate reporting that is intended to bring to light interesting and newsworthy stories.

The Mav Editorial Policy
Version 1 – September, 2017

The goals of The Mav student news organization are to represent student life and the lives of the surrounding areas in order to draw connections between members of Mead’s diverse community. Through a fresh perspective, The Mav will showcase new and traditionally underrepresented cultures, groups, and individuals who make up the student body. Moreover, The Mav will remain dedicated to the tenants of ethical journalism which involves accurate reporting that is intended to bring to light interesting and newsworthy stories.

The Mav sells ads on its website and locally fundraises for income.

Because The Mav is online, students will follow a two-week publication cycle where each reporter must produce content once every two weeks. The Editorial Board retains the right to choose all content and to determine story priority.

Working for The Mav is not limited to members of the Newspaper class; The Mav is open to all guest writers.

The Editorial Board will select all topics that will reflect the opinion of the majority of The Mav staff. Commentaries and Opinion pieces will be signed to reflect only the view of the writer and not the staff as a whole.

Letters to the Editor are accepted and encouraged by all readers of The Mav and will be published at the discretion of the Editorial Board.

The Mav will strive to present information that is fair, impartial, accurate, and truthful. The newspaper will function in accord with all applicable laws, both in regards to the rights and restrictions of ethical journalism.

The Mav reserves the right to refuse any advertising not found to be within the publications standards of good taste, product, or service or is illegal to the majority of high school readers.

In the event of error, the Editorial board will attempt to mitigate damage and correct misinformation.

Reporting on student, faculty, and community deaths can be sensitive; the Editorial Board will confine coverage to News and opinion sections. The publication will do everything it can to reduce harm, but maintains responsibility to truthfully report.

*Only crimes of students, faculty, and community members which result in official charges will be reported; discretion must be balanced with the Board’s responsibility to dispel rumors.

Reporters for The Mav will always identify themselves as functioning in that capacity before any interview. Editors reserve the right to correct grammatical errors in quotations, if the source’s meaning will be distorted without such editing. There is one exception to this policy, and that is undercover reporting (which happens rarely). Students will not be asked to break the law in pursuit of a story.

Sources will not be allowed to read the final text of any story to be published in The Mav prior to publication. Reporters may read answers back to sources, and will follow up with sources who wish to supplement initial interviews.

Sources may wish to have their names withheld from a particular story, and some may have valid reasons for this. The Editorial Board will decide on a case-by-case basis whether anonymity may be granted to protect the sources.

 

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