The Ranch Review

Ranch Review Editorial Policy

The Ranch Review is produced by the newspaper class of Otay Ranch High School and is a public forum. The content of The Ranch Review is determined by the editorial board and does not necessarily represent the opinions of the Otay Ranch High School administration, Sweetwater Union High School District administration or the newspaper adviser. It will work to be a vital part of Otay Ranch High School. In order to meet these goals, The Ranch Review aims to:

  1. Report news accurately, objectively, fully and in-depth.
  2. Meet professional journalism standards.
  3. Provide editorial leadership.
  4. Staff editorials will represent a majority vote of the editorial board and will not include a byline. We will not comment on programs or actions by persons or groups which affect Otay Ranch High School without checking all the facts within reason.
  5. Opinion articles which do not represent a majority vote of the editorial board will be signed.
  6. Cartoons are a reflection of the artist/author’s opinion and do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the editorial board.
  7. Provide a forum for the free interchange of ideas.
  8. Letters and reader contributions will be accepted as space permits. The right to edit the letter is reserved, although every attempt will be made to preserve the original content. Letters must be signed.
  9. The Ranch Review staff members will refrain from responding to a letter in the same issue that the letter appears, unless a clarification or a response is requested in the letter.
  10. When a letter, editorial or viewpoint critical of an individual or organization is submitted for the last issue of the school year, The Ranch Review will request permission of the author to share the general comments of the article with the individual or group being criticized in order to encourage a response in the same issue. If the author does not grant permission, the article will not be published.
  11. Publicize school projects and give honest evaluation of such projects.
  12. Give full credit to any material that is not original.
  13. Acknowledge mistakes and correct any major errors which are brought to the attention of the staff.
  14. Create a valid impression of the concerns of the students and the faculty of Otay Ranch High School.

No advertising will be accepted which is libelous, irresponsible, advocates an activity illegal for students or is judged to be in poor taste by the editorial board and community publications committee.

The editorial board will interpret and enforce the editorial policy. The editorial board and community publications committee are responsible for final decisions about what stories, advertisements, artwork and photos are to be used and where and how they are placed. The editorial board will consist of the editor-in-chief, managing editor, department editors and as a non-voting member, the adviser. In case of a tie in voting, the editor-in-chief will cast a deciding additional vote.

In addition, a five-member community publications committee will be appointed by the editorial board. The committee will consist of the adviser, the superintendent or his/her designee, the principal or his/her designee, a member of the faculty and an outside journalism professional. The committee will meet when needed to:

  1. Advise the editorial board concerning issues either the board or committee members feel are sensitive or questionable in nature.
  2. Serve as a sounding board for the concerns of readers, forwarding concerns and recommendations to the editorial board.
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Ranch Review Editorial Policy