the Vicker (selphiefairy) wrote in editors,
the Vicker

We have a horrible adviser

This is this is the first time i've ever posted in a community, so I'm not really sure how to go about this, not to mention that this community seems pretty much dead, but i'm kind of desperate, so i'll give it a shot.

Anyway, next year, I'm going to become the editor in chief for my high school newspaper, and I'm really excited. I have a lot of ideas I want to try out next year.

The only problem is that we have a terrible adviser.

I kid you not when I say she knows absolutely nothing about journalism. She is a nice person and a good english teacher -- but that's about it. When I tried explaining to her what AP style was, she only waved me off saying grammar is grammar (this is not mentioning the fact that she first thought i was talking about APA/MLA format). We only started experimenting with page design and layouts LAST year(despite the fact that she's been newspaper advisor for more than eleven years), after I convinced her that it was OK. And THEN she elected to name what a normal person would call a news page designer the "Creative Page Designer."

Worst of all, she censors EVERYTHING. I think this is mostly due to the fact that she's afraid of losing her job or being harassed by the principal. And the result is pretty much anything political or controversial is thrown out, including political cartoons and criticism of our school and government -- whether or not it is an editorial.

We are never taught about our first amendment rights. Most of the kids in the class aren't motivated, and I can tell they get annoyed when our adviser deliberately changes what they write to mean something completely different -- sometimes exactly the opposite of what they intended.

I'm really passionate about journalism and newspaper writing, but no matter how i look at it, our adviser is simply HOLDING US BACK. I'm planning to try to change this situation next year, but it's not like I can just waltz in and start demanding rights. Our adviser is kind of old -- and I think she's kind of set in her ways because of that and rarely compromises. Actually, our school librarian was the adviser of different high school's award winning newspaper for SIX consecutive years, and he offered to give advice to us -- but she refuses it. In other words, it's impossible to try and talk to her. I've been doing a lot of research lately on high school censorship in newspapers, and I think the best I can do right now is to try to appeal to the principal for maybe AT LEAST some kind of compromise. I can't really think of anything else to do.

But what I need is some advice or help from someone who has had to deal with something similar or maybe some good links or resources to help me prepare for doing this. I would really be grateful to anyone who could help me.

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