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brokenchameleoncircuit asked: I'm not sure if this is what I'm supposed to do, but I'll take the chance for some advice. I'm a journalism student at my HS, and I write for my paper. We have prior review, and that basically means it's near impossible to write about any important issue w/out the administration killing it because it's "controversial." I wrote a column about LGBT bullying, and I want to run it, but I'm going to have to fight Admin. to do so. How can I present my case in such a way that they have to let it run?

I would make the case that it’s important your fellow students should read it because bullying is an issue that effects many people at your school. I would stress bullying in general, rather than LGBT bullying because sometimes people in authority can be more bigoted than one would like.

If that doesn’t work, I’d recommend bypassing the authority structure and starting your own underground HS newspaper via Wordpress or something similar. While you can’t use that on a college application, trust me — you’ll learn more than any HS journalism class.

  1. tomskeedotcom said: Good advice. Seriously. Underground is the way to go. :)
  2. highsee said: Speaking as former editor of my HS paper, run the story anyways, even if it’s rejected by admin. After they review the paper, put the article back in before it’s printed. I was only editor for one semester, go figure. But people bought the paper.
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