Integrity Policy

InFocus News (The entity will further be referred to or called InFocus, InFocus News, Show, We, Broadcast) is a video broadcast produced and created by students in Palo Alto High School’s Broadcast Journalism class, is a designated public forum for student expression and the discussion of issues of concern to its Viewership. The following editorial guidelines apply to work produced by InFocus staff but may not always apply to the work of its client publications, which may appear on the site or show.

All content will be reviewed by a minimum of two executive producers to maintain the quality and integrity of our content, except those that come from its client publications (Verde, The Campanile, The Paly Voice, C Magazine, KPLY, Viking, Anthro, Aperture, Via Verde, Veritas, Proof, Agora); therefore, the material (including material from client publications) may not necessarily reflect the opinions or policies of Palo Alto High School or Palo Alto Unified School District faculty, administrators or the Board of Education. Signed content or reviews represent only the opinions of individual students.

Student journalists on the InFocus staff will publish only legally protected speech, following the legal definitions of libel, obscenity and invasion of privacy. Consistent with California Education Code section 48907, the staff also will refrain from material (including submissions from the community) which so incite students as to create a clear and present danger of the commission of unlawful acts on school premises or the violation of lawful school regulations, or the substantial disruption of the orderly operation of the school.

The adviser of InFocus will supervise production and offer advice to help the staff maintain professional standards of English and journalism conduct. The adviser will also maintain the other provisions as required by the California Education Code section 48907. The adviser will not determine the content of the broadcast or content. Student Producers and Executives make all final content decisions.

School officials are not responsible for the content of the publication; consequently, InFocus will not be reviewed, restrained or withheld by school officials prior to streaming. Because the staff will control the content of the publication, it will therefore also take financial and legal responsibility for what is published, with one significant exception: In the case of material that appears on InFocus but originates from one of the client publications, the client publication, and individual authors will assume financial and legal responsibility for what is published.

Ethical Concerns

InFocus staff will work to meet the standards set by the National Scholastic Press Association’s Model Code of Ethics for High School Journalists, Student Television Network, and the Journalism Education Association. 

InFocus staff will not alter the content of videos, photos or any other digital medium through technological or other means. Image enhancements for technical clarity are always permissible. Photo illustrations are acceptable but should be clearly labelled. Likewise, staff will not stage or re-create news events without acknowledging such segments as satire. InFocus staff will not publish videos or other work without properly crediting the creators of that work and obtaining reprint/rebroadcast permissions of copyrighted work unless given prior permission or obtaining a license from the distributor. Copyright permission for student work is implied in the relationship between InFocus News and its client publications.

In the interest of representing a broad range of views and avoiding bias, InFocus staff will not be interviewed for stories, unless their perspective is uniquely relevant. Members of the community will not have their images featured on the program without their informed verbal consent. 

Corrections

Staff members will strive to correct any error before broadcasting – and will correct errors after posting when necessary; if the executive producers determine a significant error has been published, a formal correction will appear on the site and on a subsequent show and remain as a part of the site’s permanent archive. To submit a correction, email corrections@infocusnews.tv with the subject line of Corrections.

Accessibility

InFocus News is committed to providing a website that is accessible to the widest possible audience, regardless of circumstance and ability. We aim to adhere as closely as possible to the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.0, Level AA), published by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C). These guidelines explain how to make Web content more accessible for people with disabilities. Conformance with these guidelines will help make the web more user friendly to everyone. Whilst InFocus strives to adhere to the guidelines and standards for accessibility, it is not always possible to do so in all areas of the website and we are currently working to achieve this. Be aware that due to the dynamic nature of the website, minor issues may occasionally occur as it is updated regularly. We are continually seeking out solutions that will bring all areas of the site up to the same level of overall web accessibility.

If you have any comments and or suggestions relating to improving the accessibility of our site, please don't hesitate to contact our web manager Stella Essenmacher by e-mailing web@infocusnews.tv. Your feedback will help us make improvements.

Updated 6-23-2020

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