Editorial Policy
The following is the editorial policy for BearingNews.

Statement of PurposeBearingNews is published and updated multiple time a day for the benefit of the population of Rock Bridge High School and the community. The purpose of the publication is to inform, involve, educate, enlighten and entertain our readers fairly and accurately. In addition, BearingNews operates as an open forum for student and faculty expression.

Publication: BearingNews is a joint publication produced by the staff of The Rock newspaper, the Honors Seminar editor class and the Flashback yearbook and is advised by Robin Stover. BearingNews is run from Rock Bridge High School, on 4303 South Providence Road, Columbia, Mo. 65203. The members of the Journalistic Writing class also publishes pieces on BearingNews.

Comment Policy: BearingNews encourages comments to further discussion in the school and community and to engage readers. The BearingNews staff has the right to approve or deny any comments to a story. Comments should not contain provocative language, dubious language or profanity and cannot constitute personal attacks. The person commenting must enter his or her first and last name and email to comment on a story.

Editorials: Opinion pieces, including commentaries, blogs and editorials are all featured on BearingNews, and express the opinionated views of the writer. All opinions expressed in signed works are those of the signer and not necessarily those of the BearingNews staff, the RBHS faculty and staff or the administration of Columbia Public Schools. Opinion pieces express the opinion of the author and not necessarily the entire staff.

Individuals may submit content by emailing it to contact@bearingnews.org. The BearingNews staff holds the right to edit the letter to the editor as needed to hold it to the website’s standard and style. When a group submits a letter to BearingNews, each person in that group must sign with a valid signature.

The BearingNews editorial board, made up of Honors Seminar students, will review all opinion pieces, including staff-written editorials, submitted for publication for use in the Op/Ed section of BearingNews.

Content: The BearingNews staff will write all stories for publication with the exception to works and pieces submitted by CPS 360 and the Journalistic Writing class.

Small excerpts from stories can be reproduced without permission, so long as they are attributed and linked to BearingNews. Full articles cannot be reproduced without explicit permission from BearingNews and must be linked to the website.

The editorial board will approve the coverage of controversial issues.

Errors: Any noteworthy mistkes made in any article on BearingNews will be corrected promptly in the original story upon verification or written or verbal request. Additionally, a footnote will be added to the story noting and clarifying the original error.

Bylines and Credits: BearingNews assigns bylines to every published story to make author of the article publicly known. BearingNews will assign art or photo credits to every piece of art, photo or group of photos published. Such credits are the responsibility of the section editor and photographer, and they are responsible for the photo, art and caption(s) as well.

Advertising: Month-long advertisements are available on BearingNews. Each billing period comprises the 1st of a month to the final day of that month. The top sidebar and bottom sidebar positions in the main slot are both available for $50 at 300 x 250 pixels. The upper position of the main location is available for $50 at 630 x 90 pixels. These are expected to have 1,000 impressions (views) per month. The lower right position of the homepage is available for $100 at 468 x 60 pixels, the middle position of the homepage is available for $100 at 728 x 90 pixels, the upper right position of the homepage is available for $100 at 300 x 250 pixels, and the upper left position of the homepage is available for $100 at 160 x 620 pixels. These are expected to have 4,000 impressions per month. The top and bottom sidebar of the innerpage position are available for $150 each at 300 x 250 pixels. These are expected to have 10,000 impressions per month. The header at the top of the site, viewable on all pages, is available for $200 at 728 x 60 pixels. This is expected to have 20,000 impressions per month.

An email will be sent about two weeks before the start date of the billing period requesting a digital copy of the advertisement in the appropriate size. If you need our staff to design your advertisement, please contact us specifying the content of the advertisement, and we will email a digital copy for you to approve prior to publishing. Please note that designing advertisements takes more time, so an immediate response would be greatly appreciated. Artwork, typesetting and design are all included in the price of the advertisement. Advertisers may opt to provide an online-ready copy.

Account holders will be sent an invoice after the billing period ends, and account may be payable upon reception of this invoice. Payments should reach our office no later than two weeks after the end of the billing period. After this date, a late fee of $1 per day will be instituted. There is no deadline for placing ads; however, the invoice will reflect the entire billing period regardless of whether the ad was online for the entirety of the billing period. Cancellations will not be accepted after the start of the billing period.

Death of a Student or Faculty Member: BearingNews will handle a student or faculty member’s death as follows: a single news story reading “In Memoriam;” a standard scan of the student or faculty’s current ID or a picture chosen by the BearingNews staff from the submitted photos and a 200-word obituary, including the student or faculty’s date of birth and date of death. BearingNews welcomes additional submissions in memory of the deceased person to our email: contact@bearingnews.org.

Contact Information: Please call us with comments or concerns at 573-214-3141 ext. 1 or email us at contact@bearingnews.org.