The Newtonite is the official student-run news source at Newton North High School. The Newtonite‘s purpose is to report events related to the school community, to serve as a forum for student opinion and to act as a record of important events. Content is posted to the website daily. It also produces three specials annually: the club special, the semester I special and the graduation special. Editors in chief make all final decisions regarding content.
The Newtonite has been an integral part of the school community for the past 91 years. Until this fall, it published bimonthly print editions, which were distributed to the student body, to faculty members and to paid subscribers. With the launch of theNewtonite.com in September, this news source transitioned to monthly print issues in addition to daily posts to the website. In January 2012, the Newtonite discontinued its regular print issues and shifted to an online publication. Currently, the Newtonite’s staff produces and post articles and graphics daily to theNewtonite.com. For more information about the history of this newspaper click here, and for more information about the Newtonite‘s transition to online click here.
Since the paper was founded in 1922, the Newtonite has won over 10 Silver and Gold Crown awards, which are presented annually by the Columbia Scholastic Press Association to “a student print or online medium for overall excellence,” according to the organization’s website.
The Newtonite placed as a Gold Medalist with 938 points out of 1,000 in the 2011 Columbia Scholastic Press Association Scholastic News Print Critique.
In 2012, the Newtonite placed in the Excellence in News Writing category and the Excellence in Sports Writing category in Suffolk University’s 42nd annual Greater Boston High School Newspaper Contest.
The Newtonite has also received Quill and Scroll Awards and All-New England Awards from The New England Scholastic Press Association (NESPA). The All-New England Award “honors outstanding print and broadcast productions,” according to the organization’s website.
Also, members of the Newtonite staff have received recognition through NESPA’s Special Achievement Contests for their work on articles, photography and design.
All decisions pertaining to content are made by the student editors in accordance with the Tinker Standard of 1969. It says that students “do not shed their constitutional rights to freedom of speech or expression at the school gate” and that students’ expression may not lead to “material and substantial disruption.”
The Newtonite posts opinion content weekly, and all students and faculty are invited to voice their opinions about this school and this paper, through letters to the editor and guest columns.
Editorials are the opinion of the entire Newtonite staff, while columns and letters to the editor reflect solely the opinion of the author.
Readers are invited to submit letters to the editor. Letters should be put in the Newtonite box in the main office or submitted on the contact page. The Newtonite reserves the right to edit all letters, which must include the writer’s name, class and homeroom. If the writer is a faculty member, include position title. Anonymous content is not accepted. Once a student or faculty submits a letter or guest column, the piece becomes property of this newspaper.
Editors reserve the right to reject comments, if they are offensive, threatening or do not pertain to the Newtonite.
To advertise in the Newtonite, contact the staff through the contact page or call 617-559-6273 for information. The Newtonite reserves the right to reject any advertising request that the editors deem inappropriate or unacceptable for a student newspaper.