General Terms and Coditions
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The student media policy guide (henceforth referred to as “) is the student media of LCC International University. Both the yearbook and student media web site are operated by students who are assisted by faculty advisers. For the fall 2019 Dr. Andrew Jones is adviser of the yearbook and Dr. Michael Ray Smith is adviser of the student media web site. The SM strives to train student journalists while giving the members of the larger LCC community an outlet for as a source of information about their community and a place to begin the conversations that are the backbone of any democracy. These conversations are fundamental to the open exchange of ideas and the principles of academic freedom to which LCC International University is deeply committed. The SM serves its readers first and foremost.
As a matter of ethics, the student media web site strives to publish stories, photos, social media and other content that is relevant to the LCC community. LCC International University is a private Faith-based university, but the student media web site has no official religion. The SM accepts contributions from people representing various backgrounds and beliefs. It does not advocate any one set of values. The SM strives to be an outlet for the expression of differing views and as such honors the First Amendment.
Journalistic integrity is central to the SM. The editorial staff decides what stories and submissions will be of interest to its readership and publishes accordingly. Ultimately, it is the responsibility of the editors to determine whether or not each story is offensive, gratuitous or unfounded and choose not to publish for such reasons. The student media receives the bulk of its funding from the university and supplements that with advertising revenue.
These policies were developed in the fall term of 2019 and may be updated every year, in the Spring term. The student media leaders rely on a variety of sources including a previous version of the the SM policies, the policies of the Loyola University Maroon Handbook, the Kennesaw State University Sentinel Staff Manual, the Society of Professional Journalists' ethics guide, the Associated Press Ethical Principles, the Associated Press Libel Manual, and The View Point Staff Manual. They were developed by the communication team involved in student media after a vigorous debate on the nature and role of journalism and its place at LCC International University.
- Our Ethics. All articles, columns, and photographs are produced and edited by the students of LCC International University.
- Story Guidelines • Publication of stories is at the discretion of the student editors, with the Editor-in-Chief making all final decisions.
- Libel Guidelines Libel means injuring a person’s reputation. According to the Associated Press Libel Manual: “Words, pictures or cartoons that expose a person to public hatred, shame, disgrace or ridicule or induce an ill opinion of a person are libelous.”
- Taping Interviews: Before an interview begins, ASK THE SUBJECT FOR SPECIFIC CONSENT TO TAPE THE INTERVIEW. It is against the law in some states in the United States to tape anyone without his or her permission, this includes during interviews in-person and via phone call. The subject must agree to be recorded in order to continue the interview.
- Copyright Guidelines: Copyright is the right of an author to control the reproduction and use of any creative expression that has been fixed in a tangible form, such as on student media or computer disk.
- Interview Guidelines: The SM staffers will always be careful to identify themselves as reporters and make sure that the people they are interviewing understand they are talking to reporters. The SM does not work undercover. While casual conversations may inform stories, interviews must be clearly delineated so that the person being interviewed is aware that what they are saying may be published.
- Press Passes: It is unethical to share, give or lend anyone press passes. If a writer or photographer is caught doing this, he or she will no longer have the opportunity to contribute to the SM. No writer or photographer is allowed to use his or her press pass for personal benefit. The SM reporter is not allowed to receive any free gifts such as free tickets to events, concerts, games, etc., in exchange for positive coverage in the student media.
- Ad Policies: The SM allows businesses to reach a market of college students, faculty and staff, informing them of available products and services. Advertising revenue constitutes a portion of the SM’s funding. The main forms of advertisement are on–campus organizations (any departments or schools), local advertising (or retail advertising), national advertising (provided by third party agencies) and inserts. The SM does not currently have the staff to accept classified ads.
- Social Media Policies
Personal Use of Social Media Outlets: As a member of the SM you are a representation of the student media web site at all times. The SM cannot dictate how its staff members use social media on their own time, however, the student media web site has established the following standards staff members of all levels are expected to uphold on all social media outlets. Staff members who fail to comply will be subject to disciplinary action.
Public Use of the SM on Social Media Outlets:
Certain members of the SM staff have access to the social media outlets (Facebook, Instagram and so on.) of the student media web site. It is imperative staff members use these tools with the same level of integrity they would for print news.
- Photo Policies: The Photo Editor gives all photo assignments to staff/freelance photographers, enforces all photo deadlines according to the editorial calendar, and is the only one responsible for final photo editing (i.e. cropping, contrast, etc.). The Photo Editor will give all possible information about the story or event to the photographer and discuss the assignment with them.
- Web Policies: In consultation with the Editor-in-Chief, the Web Editor selects submissions for web exclusives.
The Editor-in-Chief must sign off on all multimedia content.
- Corrections Policies: The SM values accuracy and will correct all factual errors and clarify any unclear or misleading information, as determined by the editors in consultation with the adviser.
When a student media is critiqued, errors should be noted so that corrections can be issued in the following edition. Corrections will appear on the Editorial page along with the Letter from the Editor.
- Our Roles: The job of putting out a student media web site requires different work from different editors and staff members, with each contributing to a whole that is greater than the sum of its parts. What follows are the job descriptions at the SM.
Staff discipline, meetings, deadlines, workflow, the hiring process, etc.