The Rampage is the official student-produced publication of Mayde Creek High School. The Rampage has been established as a designated public forum for student editors and writers to inform and educate their readers as well as for the discussion of contemporary issues relevant to their audience. The student publications adviser will instruct, coach and discuss content during the writing and editing process, however student editors make all content decisions.

The content of The Rampage 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.

Electronic media (including web site and social media) produced by The Rampage students are entitled to the same protections–and subjected to the same freedoms and responsibilities– as media produced for print publication. As such they will not be subject to prior review, censorship or restraint.

Student journalists may use print and 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 Rampage staff is protected by and bound to the principles of the First Amendment and other protections and limitations afforded by the United States Constitution and the various laws and court decisions implementing those principles.

The Rampage 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 columns or reviews represent only the opinion of the author. The Rampage may accept letters to the editor, guest columns and news releases from students, faculty, administrators, community residents and the general public. Letters to the editor, guest columns or other submissions should be limited to 300 words or less and contain the author’s name, address and signature. All submissions will be verified. The Rampage editorial board reserves the right to withhold a letter or column or other submission and/or return it for revision if it contains unprotected speech or grammatical errors. Deadlines for letters and columns will be determined by each year’s student staff, allowing sufficient time for verification of authorship prior to publication.

Staff members will strive to correct any 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 Rampage will strive to report and cover 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 newspaper or yearbook. 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. 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 Rampage will not avoid publishing a story solely on the basis of possible dissent or controversy. Only those items that lack merit, writing quality, proper accurate research or fail to qualify as constitutionally protected speech will be held back from publication. The publications will obey any policies of the school district as long as they do not violate the concepts of journalistic integrity and freedom of the press–longstanding pillars of American Democracy.

The Rampage editorial board reserves the right to accept or reject any ad in accordance with its advertising policy.

Electronic manipulations changing the essential truth of a photo or illustration will be clearly labeled if used. The duly appointed editor or co-editors shall interpret and enforce this editorial policy.

The purpose of a student newspaper is to accurately report newsworthy events and to be a forum for student expression. Student opinion does not reflect the attitudes or opinions of the school staff, administration or district board of trustees. The only requirement is that all opinion articles be based on facts. The school newspaper is financially self-sufficient and independent from school district financial support.

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion or prohibiting the free exercise thereof, or abridging the freedom of speech or of the press; or the right of the people to peaceably assemble and to petition the government for a redress of grievances.  

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