The Student News Organization for Rutherford B. Hayes High School

The Talisman

The Student News Organization for Rutherford B. Hayes High School

The Talisman

The Student News Organization for Rutherford B. Hayes High School

The Talisman

Our Policies


As student journalists, we believe in the freedoms of the press and expression guaranteed in the First Amendment of the Constitution.  It is our responsibility to uphold these freedoms in a fair and decent way; since we have been granted these freedoms, we also have a responsibility to produce work that is consistently at a high standard.  

As students in a high school classroom, we believe it is our responsibility to put together a document that allows us to learn about ourselves, to develop personal and professional relationships with those around us, and to learn about journalism in a happy and safe work environment.


Mission Statement

The Talisman is a publication of the student body and therefore has a responsibility to reflect student, school and community affairs.  It will strive to inform, entertain and inspire its readers in a broad, objective and accurate manner.

The Talisman also provides an open forum for the opinions of the Delaware Hayes High School student body and wider community.  The purpose of the forum is to encourage the exchange of ideas and opinions on issues of importance and significance to the readers.


Open Forum & Prior Review

The Talisman has been designated as an open forum for student expression by the Delaware City Schools Board of Education.  As such, student staff members are responsible for the final decisions regarding all newspaper content; therefore, material may not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Delaware school officials.  It will not be reviewed or restrained by school officials prior to publication or distribution.



The Talisman will not print material, opinionated or otherwise, which is libelous, irresponsible, advocates an illegal activity, invades an individual’s rights to privacy or which is deemed in poor taste by the Editor-In-Chief and/or Editorial Board under the guidance of the adviser.

The staff will strive to give fair & balanced coverage of each issue about which they write, as well as of the school community in general.  They respect the dignity, privacy, confidentiality, rights and well-being of sources.  They do not ridicule, humiliate or embarrass others through the news media.  They strive to maintain a professional distance in writing stories by covering all sides of complicated issues, talking to numerous relevant sources and avoiding activities that could compromise their credibility.

The Talisman is an open forum for Hayes High School students.  The opinions expressed in this newspaper are those of student journalists, and do not necessarily represent the opinions of any school governing body, including the newspaper Adviser, the school administration, the Board of Education or the faculty.  Editorials appearing in The Talisman without a byline represent a consensus of the Editorial Board.  Bylined opinion pieces are the opinions of the stated authors.


Grievances & Corrections

Readers are welcome to offer constructive feedback or make corrections when an error has been made. Any corrections or changes to content will be discussed among the Editorial Board as well as any staff members involved.   It is the wish of all Talisman staff members to represent their subjects fairly and professionally, and we will never knowingly publish inaccuracies.  In the case that Talisman reporters inaccurately represent the truth in an article, a correction will be made in a timely manner. For articles published to the website, corrections may be made directly to the original story. All corrections must be approved by the Editor-in-Chief with guidance from the Adviser as necessary.

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Attribution & Confidential Sources

Quotes will be reported accurately and in the context in which they were made. All quotes will be attributed to a source.  Source confidentiality is only granted if there is a real danger of physical, emotional, or financial harm to the source should the source reveal his or her name.  Whenever possible, information given by a confidential source has been confirmed by at least one other credible source. 


SPJ Code of Ethics

Staff members are responsible for acting professionally at all times.  Staff are also required to uphold all tenets of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics, which can be found online at

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