WHS Lantern is a student-run newspaper from Westfield High School in Westfield, Indiana. As news stories are finished, they will be published and featured on the website.
The WHS Digital website is protected by and bound to the principles of the First Amendment as well as other protections and limitations granted by the Constitution and the various laws and court decisions implementing those principles. The student staff members aim to report all coverage ethically and equally as determined by Society of Professional Journalists and the National Scholastic Press Association’s Code of Ethics.
The advisers will not censor the content or partner in the writing, but instead offer advice and instruction, following the Code of Ethics for Advisers established by the Journalism Education Association.
Because WHS Digital is purely a student-run news forum, the views and opinions of the staff do not reflect those of teachers, advisers or administrators of Westfield Schools. Stories in the form of, and labeled as, an opinion piece are solely the views of the student who wrote the story.
WHS Digital will not avoid publishing a newsworthy story solely because of possible controversy. The staff will also not publish a story solely to sensationalize and cause controversy. Photos will not be electronically altered in a way that would deceive the readers. Photo illustrations are acceptable in the event that they better communicate or illustrate the story’s concept or message and will be labeled as such.
The staff of WHS Digital will strive to be fair and be ethical in what they write. They will work to achieve 100 percent accuracy with their quotes and with their use of the rules of English grammar. If a mistake does occur, The Lantern staff will correct it, and notify its readers of the mistake if it is not caught before distribution.
Comments on web stories and social media posts are accepted and encouraged where appropriate. Once a user posts a comment on a story it will be screened for spam, profanity or hateful comments. After this screening from an editor, the comment will be published to the article. Not all comments will be posted.