Slick Magazine

Editorial Policy

Thanks to The Journalism Education Association, an independent national scholastic journalism organization that promotes and supports student press, for providing a model for our Editorial Policy.

This is a public document intended to inform our community about the purpose and policies that guide our publications.

The Slick Journalism Editorial Policy
Slick is the official student-produced medium of news and information produced by journalism students at Huntington Beach High School.

Freedom of the Press
Slick has been established as a designated public forum for student editors and staff to inform and educate their readers and for the discussion of issues of concern to their audience. It will not be reviewed or restrained by school officials prior to publication or distribution. The adviser will coach and discuss content during the writing process. The student editor-in-chief, managing editor, steam leaders, photo editors, and web editors oversee the work of their peers in these publications. The student editors make final decisions on all content of the website. Because school officials do not engage in prior review, and the content of Slick is determined by and reflects only the views of the student staff and not school officials or the school itself, its student editors and student staff members assume responsibility for the content of the publication.

Electronic media produced by Slick 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 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 newsgathering and research needs. Slick 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.

Slick 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 to minors as defined by state or federal law.

Student Editors
The editorial board, which consists of the staff’s student editors, will determine the content. Columns, reviews, or opinion pieces represent only the opinion of the author.

Slick may accept letters to the editor, guest columns, and news releases from students, faculty, administrators, and community residents.

Staff members will strive to correct errors prior to publication; however, if the editors determine a significant error is printed, the editors will determine the manner and timeliness of a correction. The staff of Slick will strive to report all issues in a legal, objective, accurate and ethical manner, according to the Society for Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics.

Student editors and staff who want additional advice regarding proposed content should seek resources knowledgeable in media law such as those of the Student Press Law Center. Final content decisions and responsibility shall remain with the student editors. Slick will not avoid publishing a story solely on the basis of possible dissent or controversy.

The Slick editors reserve the right to accept or reject any ad in accordance with its advertising policy. Electronic manipulations changing the essential truth of the photo or illustration will be clearly labeled if used.

The duly appointed editor and managing editor shall interpret and enforce this editorial policy.

The Adviser
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.

Additional Information
For more information about high school journalism, please visit the Student Press Law Center or the Journalism Education Association.