The Linfield Review Statement of Purpose
The Linfield Review, henceforth known in this document as TLR, is the independent student newspaper of Linfield College. It is a vehicle for free expression. TLR’s major responsibilities are to report news to Linfield students, serve as an outlet for student opinion and provide hands-on training and experience in newspaper and online journalism. TLR makes every reasonable effort to publish all student opinion that is not libelous, profane or obscene. Student opinion takes precedence over administration, faculty and staff opinion because TLR is published primarily for students.
TLR is responsible for reporting news to Linfield students. It is not a public relations outlet for Linfield College. The paper has no obligations to reflect the interests of the college to trustees, alumni or prospective students. Because TLR receives a significant portion of its funds from students’ activities fees, its primary mission is to provide news for current, fee-paying students. The paper’s section editors (e.g. news, sports, etc.) assign all material that appears in TLR aside from editorials, columns and letters. The editor-in-chief is ultimately responsible for all editorial content in the paper. The Associated Students of Linfield College Cabinet and Senate, the administration and TLR adviser, while they may make content suggestions, do not control content.
TLR opinion pages contain editorials, opinion columns and letters. Editorials are unsigned opinion pieces in the paper. They represent TLR’s opinion as designated by an editorial board comprising the editor-in-chief, the managing editor, the opinion editor, the copy chief and one other section editor, who will be chosen on a rotating basis each month.
Opinion columns are signed opinion pieces. They are usually written by students, but they may also be written by faculty, administrators or readers. These signed opinion columns are the opinions of the authors and do not reflect the opinions of TLR, ASLC or Linfield College.
Letters are also signed opinions. The newspaper does not publish unsigned letters. TLR encourages students to respond to stories and opinion pieces in the paper by writing to the editor. In this way TLR best serves the concept of a vigorous, free press. Letters from faculty, staff and administrators are accepted and usually printed, although letters from students have priority.
TLR places only one automatic restriction on advertising: It does not accept any ad that misrepresents its product. Advertisers have no control over the content of TLR. Advertising does not reflect the opinion of the newspaper and does not represent endorsement of messages or products advertised. Advertising provides up to half of the newspaper’s budget. As a business, TLR does not often refuse advertising. Advertisements are not placed on pages one, two or three and do not customarily appear on the back page, the feature pages or the entertainment page.
TLR is distributed to students and other members of the Linfield community through its distribution boxes placed across campus. Faculty, staff and administration members may obtain copies of the paper at the outlets, but TLR has no obligation to distribute copies to them. Likewise, alumni and trustees do not receive TLR unless they pay for a subscription, which can be obtained by contacting TLR.
The editor-in-chief; managing, news, sports, culture, opinion, features, photo, copy, online and multimedia editors; copy chief; graphics/ads designer; senior reporters; senior photographers; and business manager receive monthly stipends set by the editor-in-chief and approved by the Communications Board. Stipends are paid to partially compensate for the time the editors give to TLR. Ad representatives receive a commission for every new ad they sell as an inducement to accumulate revenue for the paper. The amount of this commission is determined by the editor-in-chief and, like ad rates, is subject to change annually. Columnists and illustrators are paid per story/illustration ran at a rate determined by the editor. The circulation manager is paid minimum wage through granted federal work-study funds.
The academic adviser to TLR, a mass communication department faculty member, gives procedural advice to the staff members. TLR will consider this advice but is not obligated to act upon it. The adviser also:
1. Convenes and supervises weekly staff meetings,
2. Makes and keeps the staff aware of the principles of professional journalism,
3. Critiques the paper regularly,
4. Provides continuity for TLR as the staff changes from year to year,
5. Serves as the link to the communication department and the faculty,
6. Arranges for staff access to the production lab shared with the department
7. Purchases some equipment and supplies through the departmental budget.
TLR as an educational tool
TLR is a vehicle for hands-on experience and training in newspaper and online journalism. For this reason, it is vital that it follows journalism principles students will encounter after college as closely as possible. TLR adheres to the statement of principles the American Society of Newspaper Editors adopted in 1975 and makes every effort to adhere to the code of ethics the Society of Professional Journalists/Sigma Delta Chi adopted in 1996. Because TLR is an educational endeavor, students make their own informed judgments in regard to content, reporting, editing, production and business. The emphasis is on “learning by doing.”