The Voice

The Voice

About Us

The Voice is the student news publication of Mansfield High School in Massachusetts.  We are an after school club and all students are welcome to participate.  Our mission is to learn and use accepted journalistic standards to share the ideas, news, opinions and images that best express our voice and the things we are interested in.  Since student journalists retain many of the same first amendment rights as adult journalists the following standards will be applied to all published work.

Right to Editorialize

Students should be able to express their opinions. This doesn’t mean that they have the right to say anything, but that they can, in a respectful manner, give their opinions even when those opinions may not be universally accepted. Outside of defamation, vulgarity, and obscenity students should be able to give their opinions.

Right to print distasteful material 

Students do not have the right to print vulgarity or obscenity, but they do have the right to print material that school officials, for example, might disagree with or find a bit distasteful. Freedom of speech is a fundamental right of our society and should not be suspended, but encouraged.

Responsible for taking guidance

The role of the teacher adviser is probably the single most important key to keeping a school newspaper going or a newspaper club active. Take away the teacher adviser and there would not be an allowable platform for a school newspaper.

Students should heed the advice of their adviser and seek to ensure that he or she is aware of all that the students are doing in regards to the newspaper.

Responsible for adhering to the rules

The rules of responsible journalism are important. Students have the responsibility to print material that is presented correctly. Ignoring the rules can have a devastating effect. In the world of journalism, journalists who ignore these rules have been fired and even imprisoned for what they’ve printed. This isn’t a matter of free speech, this is a matter of presenting truth—as best you can.

 

 

 

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