The school newsmagazine of Kettering Fairmont High School.

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Editorial Policy

  • Because The Flyer is a student-conceived, planned, and produced newsmagazine, as well as the product of an academic elective program at Fairmont High School, members of The Flyer staff and its Adviser must follow the legal and ethical guidelines outlined in this document.
  • Journalistic in nature, The Flyer attempts to inform and entertain its audience in a broad, fair, and accurate manner on all subjects that affect readers in the realm of student life (inside and outside the school), academics, clubs, sports, current events, politics and trends.  The entire student body of prospective readers constitutes the target audience for The Flyer, with secondary audiences including teachers, administration, staff, parents and community members.  Content focuses on coverage that will meet the wants and needs of the majority of this audience, while being mindful of the need to cover issues important to smaller segments of this population as well.
  • The Flyer will not publish illegal material, including libelous statements, obscenity and material likely to cause a substantial disruption of school activities.
  • The Flyer Editors-in-Chief assign and edit the stories for each issue. The Adviser’s role is to teach, to advise and to help staff members maintain professional journalistic standards.
  • The Adviser also serves as the liaison to the school’s administration.  The Flyer notes that the Hazelwood Supreme Court ruling does not require school administrators to preview or censor student publications, but gives them the right to do so under some circumstances.  It is the goal of The Flyer staff and Adviser to establish and maintain a reputation of responsibility and high journalistic standards so that the FHS Principal does not feel the need to exercise his/her right of prior review. 
  • When presented with materials that might be considered controversial, the Adviser and the Editors-in-Chief will consult with the Principal and consider his/her constructive criticism.  The Flyer staff recognizes the Principal is legally permitted to censor material only as long as that censorship is “reasonably related to legitimate pedagogical concerns.”  (Hazelwood vs. Kuhlmeier, 1988) 

Advertising & Sales

  • The Flyer will not publish advertising that is libelous, irresponsible, in poor taste, or that advocates an activity or product that is illegal for minors, such as alcohol and tobacco products. 
  • The Flyer has the right to reject or cancel any advertisement at any time.  If the advertiser has paid for an ad that is rejected or canceled, the cost of the ad will be refunded. 
  • Acceptance of advertising does not mean The Flyer or Fairmont High School endorses the product advertised. 
  • The advertising or business interests of The Flyer shall not be allowed to influence news content.  No staff member should promise (or even hint) that The Flyer will include coverage of an advertiser’s pet interests in exchange for advertising.
  • Payment may be made at the time of ad placement, or advertisers will be billed when the issue is published.  The Flyer must receive payment within 30 days of the billing date.  Any advertiser who defaults on a Flyer bill will be required to pay the old bill and pay in advance for any new advertising.
  • Any person whose image is used to advertise a product must sign a model release form acknowledging that he/she will not receive compensation. 

 Conflict of Interest

  • Journalists on The Flyer should accept nothing of value from news sources as this creates a conflict of interest, which damages the integrity of the journalist and The Flyer.
  • If a press pass does not admit a Flyer reviewer covering an assigned event, the newsmagazine will reimburse reviewers for the amount of their receipt or $5, whichever is smaller. Receipts must be submitted and the article or photo must be published in order to qualify for reimbursement. Higher amounts may be possible through prior arrangement with the Editors-in-Chief and the Adviser.
  • A student journalist should avoid covering events or activities in which the student is actively involved. This can leave the student and The Flyer open to charges of biased reporting. The Editors-in-Chief have the right to protect The Flyer’s credibility by reassigning stories. 

Corrections/Clarifications

  • Factual errors or items that the Editors-in-Chief and/or the Adviser feel need clarification will be addressed as soon as possible on The Flyer website. 

Obscenities and Vulgar Language

  • Obscene material is not protected by the First Amendment.  The Supreme Court has defined “obscenity” to mean something that, by community standards, arouses sexual desire, depicts sexual conduct in a patently offensive way, and lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.  The Flyer will not print obscene material.
  • Four-letter words and other vulgarities are probably not “obscene.”  However, the use of such language is not necessary for The Flyer to fulfill its mission.  As a general rule, The Flyer will not use vulgar language.  A reporter or editor who feels using a quote containing a vulgarity is essential to tell a complete story may seek an exception to this general rule by petitioning the Editors-in-Chief and the Adviser.  However, the perceived need would have to be compelling in order for The Flyer to make such an exception. In all cases, The Flyer will not publish language that would violate the Student Code of Conduct or School Board policy.

Letters to the Editor/Guest Columns

  • The Flyer is the student newsmagazine of Kettering Fairmont High School and is forum for student expression.  As such, The Flyer encourages letters to the editor and guest columns as long as they do not violate student press law or the canons of ethical journalism.
  • In addition, The Flyer reserves the right to edit letters and guest columns for space, clarity, and to remove prohibited content.  The Flyer reserves the right to choose to not publish a submission at all or to not publish it in its entirety.  All letters and guest columns must be signed; no anonymous letters or editorials will be accepted. In rare circumstances, the Adviser may allow a name to be withheld.
  • The Flyer Editors-in-Chief and/or the Adviser will verify authorship of all guest columns before they appear in print.
  • Opinions expressed in letters and guest columns are not necessarily those of The Flyer staff, nor should any opinion expressed in a public forum be construed as the opinion or policy of the administration, unless so attributed.
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