Palatine High School Cutlass Staff Policy
Palatine High School Cutlass, the student run news website, informs and entertains in the twenty-first century. We strive to give accurate, timely information in a variety of mediums to best give a snapshot of PHS and the local community.
The editorial board is the decision-making group for the Cutlass staff and consists of the student leadership of the newspaper. Meetings are open to the staff, any student and the administration. The board decides on what will be published as well as produce editorials that are the voice of the Cutlass. Editorials do not reflect the opinions of individual students, teachers or administration. In the case of controversial material, the board will vote on moving forward with publication and may ask for the advice of the adviser and/or administration.
Letter to the Editor
Letters to the Editors are welcome. Letters may be emailed to [email protected] or in the form under the category Submit a Letter. Letters will not be published if they do not include the author’s name and ID number. The Cutlass reserves the right to edit for brevity any letters submitted for publication that go over 300 words.
Staff Ethics Statement
We will not publish content that is libelous, obscene, advocates illegal activities, or may cause severe disruption to the school. Reporters will be responsible original content in a variety of mediums and will respect copyright laws. If students are unsure about what is appropriate behavior, they should refer to the Society of Professional Journalism’s Code of Ethics. Any member of the staff who is found to have plagiarized material or sought to deceive the publication and/or its audience may be dismissed from the staff and referred to administration.
In the case of death or deaths of a current student or staff member, the Cutlass will treat the subject matter in a tasteful manner in the news section. Name, date of birth, activities and any other pertinent information will be provided. Details on the manner of death will be provided at the discretion of the editorial board. Information for readers to get in touch with grief counseling will also be provided.
The Cutlass monitors the comments written on its site and reserves the right to delete any comments found to be obscene, libelous, personal attacks, spam, or in poor taste.
Social Media Policy
The Cutlass news site has tie-ins with social media, including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc. in order to better serve PHS. We strive to ensure all information conveyed is accurate. Mistakes and inaccuracies published in any medium will be corrected as soon as possible. Staff will not use the Cutlass’ media platforms for their own use. Staff will not use social media for the news site during instructional time without the expressed consent of an adult in charge. Students must also include their byline when they post on the news site platforms.