The Seraph
  • Moderator: Mr. Hessel
The Seraph's Editorial Policy

The Seraph is published by the students of to inform, educate and entertain The Prep community. It attempts to accurately represent the concerns of the school’s students and faculty, and in doing so it seeks to uphold Franciscan tradition, as well as the school’s philosophy and its mission statement: “to enable all students to develop and broaden their spiritual, intellectual, creative, emotional, social, and physical abilities."

The Seraph strives for excellence in every issue. Its goals are to:

� meet professional journalism standards

� report the news accurately, objectively and fully

� provide leadership through its editorials

� cooperate with the faculty and student body in supporting school projects

� include opposing viewpoints in stories about controversial topics

� refrain from using profanity, vulgarity and words that have acquired undesirable meanings

� avoid publication of rumor, gossip or innuendo

� acknowledge significant mistakes and correct errors brought the attention of the editorial staff.

Material that is potentially libelous, obscene, disruptive, an invasion of privacy, a violation of copyright, or that the editors determine is inappropriate or in conflict with the ideals set forth by the school community will not be published.

Unsigned editorials are opinion pieces that reflect the views of the majority of the editorial staff, and are usually written by the editor-in-chief. Signed editorials represent the opinions of the writer.

Readers are encouraged to write letters to the editors. All letters must be signed (names may be withheld by request) and should not exceed 300 words. Letters that need to be edited for grammar, clarity, taste or length will be returned with comments to the writer for revision. Letters represent the opinions of the writer and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Seraph staff or any other school official.

Freelance articles, photos and art are also welcome and must include the author’s or creator’s name.

Advertising may be accepted at the discretion of the editorial staff. If a business pays for advertising in advance and the staff decides to cancel the ad, the cost of the remaining ad(s) will be refunded. Advertising must offer products or services based on merit, must not be offensive to good taste or public decency, and must not contain statements, illustrations, or implications that attack competitors or disparage their products, services, or methods of doing business. Ads for products or groups that are racist, sexist, illegal for high school students, or that are in conflict with the ideals set forth by the school community will not be accepted. Political ads are not accepted. The appearance of advertising in The Seraph does not imply endorsement by the editorial staff, adviser or other school officials.