The Patriot will not publish anything in the newspaper that is deemed libelous, obscene, or in poor taste, in accordance with the Supreme Court’s justified standards. Rights are reserved to postpone, edit, or withhold from publication anything submitted which does not meet those specifications or the specifications of the editorial staff.
The meaning of any submission will not be altered, but we reserve the right to correct spelling, grammar, and punctuation when necessary.
Additionally, The Patriot refuses to print criticism which is not constructive and not supported by facts. The editors and advisor approve content to be published in The Patriot. As the publisher, the principal retains the final right to approve or reject all material published in The Patriot.
Letters to the editor should be sent to: [email protected].
As an open forum, The Patriot sells advertisements for publicity and to pay for printing costs. We will refuse any advertisement which makes reference to illegal or controlled products, services, substances, or paraphernalia. We reserve the right to refuse any other advertisement deemed inappropriate to the community.
As a responsible newspaper, The Patriot will not intentionally invade the privacy of any person and will make every effort to correctly spell names and make accurate class and position identifications. Accurate reporting of fact is the goal of the staff. Opinions will be clearly marked and found on the editorial pages or as designated on other pages.
Corrections will be printed when mistakes are found or brought to the attention of the staff. Original stories will carry bylines, and additional contributors to a story will be listed at the end. Commentaries and opinion columns are the expressed opinion of the author and not of The Patriot and its editorial staff. Furthermore, the opinions conveyed are not those of The John Carroll School, its faculty, or its school board. Members of the staff are guided by the Canons of Journalism of the American Society of Newspaper Editors, a code of ethics which outlines the principles of responsibility, fairness, and accuracy. The Patriot editorial policy reflects these philosophies of scholastic journalism. We will do our best to uphold our policy at all costs, unless it violates the basic protections of journalists or the freedom accorded all journalists under the state of Maryland.