Northwest Horizons

About Us

Northwest Horizons is the student newspaper published by the Journalism class at Northwest Guilford High School. There are four issues that come out during the school year in addition to maintaining this website. The students decide on the articles to be published and do all their own writing, photography and editing.

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Northwest Horizons (founded in 2007; formerly known as The Northwest Express) is the official newspaper of Northwest Guilford High School. It publishes four to five print issues a year under the auspices of the school, and it is entirely managed, written, edited and produced by journalism students with the guidance of a faculty adviser. In addition, we maintain this website for up-to-date news. The staff determines its content and is responsible for its accuracy, fairness and objectivity.

  • Purpose 
    1. The primary function of Northwest Horizons is to cover the events and trends affecting the lives of those involved with the school. By providing accurate and comprehensive coverage, Northwest Horizons hopes to inform its readers, dispel rumors and misinformation that commonly arise in a high school community. Northwest Horizons also hopes to entertain its readers by promoting knowledge of public events and interest in mass media.
  • Publishing 
    1. Northwest Horizons is published by School Newspapers Express in New York, and its website is operated by School Newspapers Online (SNO). Northwest Guilford does not provide the school with a budget; all money used for publishing must be raised by staff members through selling advertisements, accepting donations, and having fundraisers.
  • News 
    1. Northwest Horizons is committed to providing balanced and impartial news coverage. Reporters attempt to represent all sides of issues. To maintain accuracy, all reporters are required to keep notes of all interviews in order to verify factual information. Northwest Horizons covers all relevant issues, including those that may be controversial, and attempts to do so in a manner that is fair and honest avoiding exploitation or sensationalism.
  • Editorials are unsigned. The stance of editorials is voted upon in staff meetings and requires the approval of the majority of the editorial staff. Opinions of the individual staff members are presented in the columns that identify the writer.  


    1. We strive for each editorial to have an accompanying article to which it is responding or an issue it is addressing that is relevant to the paper.
    2. Northwest Horizons serves as the primary printed forum for student opinions on campus. The inalienable right of free speech, granted under the United States Constitution, includes both the freedom and the responsibility to discuss, to question and to challenge the institution, and the right to express unpopular opinions.
  • Letters to the Editor 
    1. All members of the school community are encouraged to use Northwest Horizons to express their own views. Letters may be edited for length and must be signed when submitted. We will not publish any anonymous letters.
  • Obituary Policy  
    1. In the unfortunate, unforeseen event that a current or former student of Northwest Guilford High School or a current faculty member dies, Northwest Horizons will provide a brief description and picture (if available) under “In Memoriam.” If the person’s death is also the source of prevalent news that should be made known to the public (for instance, how the person died), the editors may decide whether it is appropriate to feature the obituary on the front page.
  • Limits on What May be Published
    Libel is defined as “a statement in writing concerning any person which exposes him to hatred, ridicule or contempt, or which causes him to be shunned or avoided, or which has a tendency to injure him.” The term also encompasses organizations and corporations. Northwest Horizons is responsible for any libelous content of all statements in its pages, including quotations and statements attributed to others. Northwest Horizons will not publish material which taken as a whole appeals to the prurient interest in sex, in that it portrays sexual content in a blatantly offensive manner and lacks seriously literary, artistic, political, or scientific value. Vulgar or profane expressions falling short of that definition may be permitted in some cases where disruption of the school activities is unlikely.
    1. Potential problems dealing with libel, invasion of privacy, advocacy of disruption or obscenity will be dealt with by the editors and the adviser.
    2.             Invasion of privacy deals with the individual’s right to protect him or herself against improper use of his or her name in the media. Public figures and private individuals who become involved in public events do not easily retain the right to privacy. Northwest Horizons will exercise care not to place an individual in an embarrassing or false position by using names or photographs without consent.
    3. Northwest Horizons will not print material that is libelous, invades privacy, disrupts the school process, or violates provisions of the Guilford County School Student Handbook.
  • Errors 
    1. Northwest Horizons will guard against carelessness, bias, and distortion by either emphasis or omission. When in error, Northwest Horizons will publish a correction.
  • Staff Dismissal 
    1. Failure to meet a deadline without prior approval by the adviser or editor-in-chief will result in a warning to a staff member. The second such failure results in a grade deduction; the third such failure will result in dismissal from the current staff. Inappropriate behavior while on newspaper business or mistreatment of newspaper property will also result in dismissal from the newspaper staff. Examples of inappropriate behavior include alcohol or drugs, sexual activity, or failure to follow instructions specific to an assignment. The editorial staff will handle dismissal procedures. The student may appeal a dismissal and must do so in a letter to the editorial staff within three school days of the notice of dismissal. The editorial stff, adviser and principal will decide on the appeal and inform the student in writing after the appeal hearing.
  • Code of Ethics
    Deception: Deception is a form of lying and is to be avoided in newsgathering.
  1. Advertising/news: We maintain a clear line between advertising and news. Business considerations should not influence news judgment. All editors should alert the adviser when advertisers and /or employees from the business side of the newspaper attempt to exert influence over their work.
    • People being interviewed for news stories should know they are speaking to a reporter and their comments may be published. Using deception to gather news, whether by lying or misrepresentation, is inappropriate under virtually all circumstances.
    • In rare and justifiable circumstances, deception may be used when it is the only way to report an important story of vital public interest. However, deception may be used only with the advance approval of the adviser and administration of Northwest High School.
    • When deception is used in newsgathering, it must be revealed in the story. The subject of the deception should be informed before publication for an opportunity to respond.

Hidden Cameras: The use of hidden cameras and surreptitious tape-recording devices is to be avoided, except in rare cases when they are the only ways to get an important story. Advanced approval of the adviser is required. Taping Conversations: In most cases, inform a source before taping a conversation. To make an exception — for example, if informing the source might compromise a story of compelling public importance — seek permission from the adviser and administration of Northwest Guilford High School. Fabricating News: Deceiving readers by fabricating news events is prohibited. Under no circumstances should events be fabricated, unless clearly obvious to the reader, as when a writer recounts his “visit to Hell.” Care must be taken in re-creating events so that it is clear to the reader that the event was not witnessed firsthand.

Photographs: Photojournalists should not set up, re-create, direct or otherwise intrude on the reality of an event. Direction is allowed for situations such as portraits, fashion, studio work and photo illustration and should be obvious to the viewer. A photo illustration should be labeled.

    • Manipulation of images through physical or electronic means should be done only to enhance the technical quality of the photographs for best reproduction, except when an image is manipulated to create a photo illustration. Such manipulation must be obvious to the viewer and the photo illustration should be labeled. Again, the intent should not be to deceive.
    • Cropping and sizing to enhance clarity, impact or composition are encouraged. COBS (photos with backgrounds cut out) are allowed as long as they do not deceive the viewer about the essential nature of the original photograph.

Copyrighted Images: Northwest Horizons is prohibited from displaying any copyrighted material without the explicit permission of the creator (in writing). This includes images downloadable off of the Internet. When in need of a specific image, use Royalty Free clip art and/or photographs only to avoid copyright infringement.


    • Credibility is Northwest Horizons’ greatest asset; therefore, staff writers must make every effort to fully identify the news source in a story or behind one. Northwest Horizons expects all staff writers to follow these guidelines:
    • Confidentiality only should be granted to protect someone who is relatively powerless or who might be harmed should his or her identity be revealed.
    • Before promising confidentiality, try to obtain the same information from sources willing to be quoted. Also, make it clear to the source that you will pursue other avenues of verifying the information.
    • Don’t let sources use the cloak of anonymity to attack other individuals or organizations. As a rule, Northwest Horizons does not print accusations by unidentified individuals.
    • You must seek the consent of your adviser before promising confidentiality.
    • Any anonymous quote appearing in Northwest Horizons or use of a pseudonym must be approved by the adviser.
    • Make sure sources understand the ground rules for on-the-record, off-the-record, and not­ for-attribution.
      • On the Record — All information and the name of the source are fair game. Most interviews are on the record.
      • Off the record — Information that generally cannot be published. However, if the reporter can confirm the information from another source who talks on the record, then it can be published.
      • Not for Attribution — Information given to a reporter that can be published, but the identity of the source cannot be used.

Buying News: We do not offer money, favors or anything of value for news.

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