As Editor of the Saber Slate, I am ecstatic with how well our new Saber Slate website has been received by students, teachers, and the community. Having a high school news source which actively engages its readership with relevant news and thought-provoking opinions for reflection is exactly the goal of the FHS Journalism/Newspaper Club. Thanks to everyone who has made our transition from a paper-based newspaper to a website a successful and exciting experience.
Most of the content of our website contains non-biased, fact-based reports of the news happening in our school, community, and the world in which we live. However, we also welcome the opinions of our students who wish to comment on those events and are proud to provide an outlet for them to respectfully voice those opinions. Please note that our administrators and teachers view all of the comments before they are published on the website, so please refrain from writing profanity. We will not publish comments deemed to be inappropriate or disrespectful to any person or group.
With that said, I would like to address some heated arguments being directed toward the publishing of “Obamacare…An Opinion.” When we publish student opinion articles, we encourage students to write counter articles, which will serve to reflect all sides of an issue thereby allowing our readership to form a well-rounded opinion for themselves. In the example of “Obamacare…An Opinion”, we will be publishing a conservative viewpoint on the topic next week.
Some people have argued that a high school news source should not publish opinion articles having to do with politics. Our response is simply this, our country was created on democratic principles, and we are the future leaders of this democracy. Now is the time for us to learn to discuss with each other how we will live as a civilized and compassionate society with truth, integrity, and dignity.
Therefore, as we move forward with our website publications, if you feel that we do not adequately reflect a particular point of view, you are more than welcome to contact me or Mr. Nettesheim to write an article for the website. You do not have to be in Journalism/Newspaper Club to have an article published.
Again, thank you all for expressing your respectful viewpoints and comments on the new Saber Slate website. At Franklin High School, we have much to be proud of and to share.