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About

Oracle_logoThe Archer School for Girls is a contemporary girls school in Los Angeles serving grades 6-12. The Oracle is Archer’s student-run news site, which we update dynamically September through the beginning of June. Archer upper school students who have taken or are currently enrolled in the 21st Century Journalist class are responsible for all aspects of the Oracle.

Student media at Archer connects directly to the school’s mission to “strengthen girls’ voices” and “promote challenge-seeking and support risk-taking” in order to “graduate courageous, committed, and ethical young women.”

For these purposes, as well as to teach students responsibility by empowering them to make and defend their own decisions, student news media at the Archer School for Girls are designated open forums for student expression where students make all final decisions of content. Therefore, student material published on The Oracle may not reflect the opinions or policies of The Archer School for Girls, and neither school employees nor the school itself are legally responsible for its content.

The Oracle goes on summer hiatus from early June through late August.

Oracle Staff

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Oracle Mission Statement

As a student-run publication, the Oracle’s mission is to provide a forum that encourages authentic voices and discussion in our increasingly diverse educational community. We serve as a resource for the Archer community and beyond to report relevant, interesting and newsworthy information. The Oracle staff is committed to fostering critical thinking in our reporting as well as providing students’ perspectives. Through these endeavors, we strive to strengthen student voices.

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Errors and Corrections

Concerns about errors in the Oracle may be submitted to the student editorial board: [email protected] The editorial board reserves the right to determine whether, in fact, an error has been made through additional research and fact-checking. The EIC will send an initial email to the complainant to let him/her know that the board is looking into the complaint and will get back to him/her as soon as possible with next steps.

  • Significant errors will be determined by the editorial board. When a significant error is made in a published article, the author of the article in question must add a “Correction Statement.” This statement will appear at the bottom of the article in italics followed by “Correction:” and the statement, which will acknowledge the error and describe the correction made. The correction statement must include the date and time the change was made.
  • The EIC will contact the complainant to let him/her know the decision the board reached. If the board agrees an error has been made, the EIC will apologize on behalf of the Oracle and explain how we plan to make amends through the correction statement. If the board determines further action is required to make amends (such as taking down an article that has significant flaws), the EIC will share this plan as well. If the board determines that an error has not been made, the EIC will explain the reasoning behind this decision and offer the complainant the option to write a Letter to the Editor voicing his/her opinion.
  • Minor errors to published digital stories such as punctuation or spelling will be corrected by the editor or author; no correction statement is necessary.

Takedown Requests

The Oracle is a digital news source, but it is still part of Archer’s historical record. The Oracle’s primary purpose is to publish the truth, as best we can determine it, and be an accurate record of events and issues from students’ perspectives. Writers and editors use the 11 “Put Up” steps before publication to ensure the validity, newsworthiness and ethics of each article. For these reasons, the editorial board will not take down past articles except in extraordinary circumstances.

If someone requests a takedown, the board will consider the following questions and actions:

  • Does the article contain libel, inaccurate information, unwarranted invasion of privacy, obscenity or copyright infringement? If so, the editor-in-chief will remove this unprotected speech and add a corrections statement at the end of the article, as per the “Regarding Errors” policy. If, after careful investigation and discussion, the editorial board determines that the article is too heavily saturated with this unprotected speech to maintain, the board may decide to take the article down entirely. The board must come to consensus to make this decision.
  • Does the article harm the requester so significantly that it outweighs all other factors? The editorial board will investigate this claim and weigh it against the value of an unaltered historical record. The board must come to consensus before taking down an article for this reason.
  • If the content does not meet either of these extraordinary circumstances, it will remain posted.

Regardless of the outcome, the Editor-in-Chief will respond in writing to the request explaining the board’s action(s) and rationale for the final decision.

Adviser

Kristin Taylor teaches The 21st Century Journalist at the beginning and advanced level, advising the Oracle and the yearbook, Hestia’s Flame. She is a strong proponent of student voices and a member of the Scholastic Press Rights Committee. She has been an English teacher since 1997 and began teaching at Archer in 2006. A Certified Journalism Educator (CJE), she is a JEA member and a 2014 ASNE Reynolds High School Journalism Institute Fellow. She earned her MA in Journalism through Kent State University. She is also a Nationally Board Certified English teacher. 

Professional Memberships

The Oracle is a member of the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA) and the Columbia Scholastic Press Association (CSPA).

The student news site of The Archer School for Girls