Editorial Policies of The Appalachian

Editorial policy is the set of guidelines by which the newspaper operates. It includes the newspaper’s attitudes toward its community and aids editors in making editorial decisions.

The Editorial Board of The Appalachian makes recommendations on all editorial policy decisions. The editor in chief serves as chairperson. Members of the Editorial Board are: editor in chief, associate editor for news, associate editor for production, associate editor for online, chief photographer and desk editors. Editorial Board members serve during fall and spring semesters. The Editorial Board meets twice weekly, before production of each issue, to determine the editorial position of the unsigned editorial and to assign the writing of that editorial. Regardless of who writes the editorial, responsibility for content remains with the Editorial Board and the editor in chief. Editorials, whether written by the editor in chief or another member of the Editorial Board, must be based on adequate research to demonstrate an accurate understanding of the issue.

The editor in chief is responsible for formulating editorials based on a consensus (unanimous consent) of the Editorial Board. If a consensus cannot be reached a vote will be taken. To be approved a proposed editorial must garner four (4) positive votes. Editorials approved by four (4) positive votes or by consensus will be unsigned and considered the opinion of the paper. If four (4) positive votes cannot be achieved, a proposed editorial must be signed by those who support it. The editor in chief has the authority to overrule the editorial board and to refuse to allow an editorial topic be addressed in the student newspaper; however, the editor in chief cannot substitute a different position on the same topic without a majority positive vote of the editorial board

The editor in chief has responsibility to implement any policy decisions reached by the Editorial Board. When determining policy the board should keep in mind the need for readers to know information, community standards and the effect the newspaper has upon the community agenda. The newspaper should strive to inform, enhance discussion of campus issues, and to entertain

When questions of policy cannot be resolved by the Editorial Board or affect the entire organization, the Student Publications Advisory Board may be asked to address the issue. Should the Advisory Board fail to resolve the question or otherwise choose, the matter may be taken to the Student Media Board, then to the Vice Chancellor for Student Development.


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