The Spartan Spin

About Us

The Spartan Spin is the Superior High School, student-run newspaper that has been published yearly since 2001. Here at SHS, we are dedicated to serving the students and sharing the truth.

 

Spartan Spin Mission Statement: It is our goal to efficiently and creatively provide informative, entertaining, and compelling content to our readers. We will work as a team to educate ourselves in the journalistic process while sharing the views of our sources and audience (including students, staff, and the extended community) and upholding the highest integrity in our work.

 

Editorial Policy

  1. It is the goal of The Spartan Spin to:
    1. Seek the truth and report it as fully as possible
    2. Act independently:  The public’s right to know should be the only influence.  The paper should not be obligated to any outside influence.
    3. Minimize harm:  Treat everyone as human beings deserving respect
    4. Be accountable:  Abide by standards, expose the unethical practices of others, and admit mistakes and correct them.
  2. The Spartan Spin will always corroborate stories with sources. If a controversial quote cannot be confirmed, it will not be used.
  3. Reporters will report on activities they are not involved in, to avoid bias, whenever possible. 
  4. Anonymous sources will not be accepted unless the Editor-in-chief or adviser has given permission in advance.  In extreme cases, anonymity is needed for the sake of privacy and sensitivity for the source. These cases should be kept to a minimum to ensure the objective accountability and credibility of The Spartan Spin.
  5. It is important that the staff builds a level of trust with sources in the community. This means that sources must be updated when changes in stories in which they are involved occur. These cases include when a piece is cut from the paper, when any controversial angle is being taken, or when an angle is changed since the source was last contacted. 
  6. When a story is updated, the new date will be posted as an “update” date, along with the original posting date. The reason for the update will be listed.

Submission & Comments Policy:

  1. Submissions to the website can be made by emailing one of the advisers: Andy Wolfe – [email protected];  or Christa Kalin – [email protected] A copy can also be dropped off in the media room (Rm. 2115) during school hours.
  2. Please include name, grade, and a phone number or email for an editor to contact the submitter.
  3. The Spartan Staff and Advisers reserve the right to decline any submission or part of a submission. An effort by a student leader will be made to contact the submitter with an explanation in such cases.
  4. Comments to stories are welcome, but will be vetted to be deemed school appropriate before posting. Anything libelous or attacking another student or staff member will not be permitted.
  5. If the veracity of the identity of the source or the source’s information is in doubt, the piece may not be published.
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