Wk 7: Check Yes AND No; What if YOU Were the Editor of the Clypian?

I gots here (Yes, I said “gots”) an important worksheet for only the most devoted of media freaks, so enjoy. First I will give you the questions, and then I will give my response to the questions. If you don’t like my answers…GET OFF MY BLOG!!!

Yes or No HANDOUT

Assume you are the editor of The Clypian (A high school newspaper). The following are well written and interesting stories. Write Yes or No on whether or not you would run the story and then defend your answer in writing. Be sure to use the decision making tools discussed in class. Be prepared to discuss your answers in class.

Story:

  • The school is changing its absence policy by capping the student absences at five days a semester.
  • An article containing profane words.
  • An editorial saying the school should change its’ mascot.
  • An editorial calling for a one-day boycott of classes.
  • An article rating the teachers from best to worst.
  • A review of an NC-17 rated movie/How about an R rated movie?
  • An advertisement for cigarettes.
  • The acting in the school play was very poor.

 

Okay, so now that you have the questions, here are my answers to these very important questions.

 

Story:

  • The school is changing its absence policy by capping the student absences at five days a semester.

My answer for this would be yes, because the issue would have a major impact on just about every student in high school. Unless someone has a perfect attendance record (Which is rare and unrealistic), students would be unable to finish their education, which is a major piece of news that all students should be informed about.

  • An article containing profane words.

No, I would not allow profane words into my article, for the sole reason that it is unnecessary in a high school setting. Too many students curse too much, and it is a habit that is not good for society, and so I will definitely not encourage it.

  • An editorial saying the school should change its’ mascot.

I would present this editorial only if it presented both sides of the issue. There are those politically-correct prudes who think that the Saxon shouldn’t be our mascot, but no matter how much I disagree with them, I think that their side must be heard in something like that.

  • An editorial calling for a one-day boycott of classes.

I would call for a boycott if I truly found that we need to stand up for something we believed in. I would not do this, however, just to protest something I don’t like. School by necessity needs order, and that order should only be disrupted when it prevents students from following their core beliefs.

  • An article rating the teachers from best to worst.

Gosh, yes, I would. However, I would make this list from a collection of the opinions of hundreds of students, not just my own personal opinion. A school newspaper should represent the interests of the school, not just the opinion of the people who happen to be writing it.

  • A review of an NC-17 rated movie/How about an R rated movie?

I think that I wouldn’t do a review for an NC-17 movie because it would be giving information about a movie teenagers aren’t allowed to watch to teenagers who aren’t allowed to watch. It makes little sense to me. However, I have seen some good R rated movies, The King’s Speech being a very good example. Then again, each NC-17 movie is rated that way for its own reasons, and some might be better than others.

  • An advertisement for cigarettes.

Definitely not. Cigarettes are unhealthy for anyone, and encouraging such an unhealthy habit in a school environment is unacceptable.

  • The acting in the school play was very poor.

This is a matter of opinion here, and so if I were to allow this, it would be in an article that represents the opinions of students on both sides of the issue. Presenting such a statement as news is an abuse of editorial power.

OH MY GOSH, I WENT AN ENTIRE POST WITHOUT MAKING A SINGLE JOKE!!!!!!

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