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Comment Policy

The Friar’s Lantern is a student-run blog, an affiliate of the print student newspaper, The Blackfriar Chronicle, intended to bring news to the entire Malvern Prep community and beyond. We encourage your comments and opinions on the stories posted on the Lantern and on social media. In order to keep the discussions aligned with the mission of the school and student publications, please follow the following guidelines.

  • Each public posting represents Malvern Prep and is subject to the rules found in the Malvern Prep Student Handbook.
  • Different viewpoints and opinions are welcome, but comments must demonstrate respect. Profanity, insults, and language demonstrating intolerance are unacceptable.
  • Each comment is subject to review by a student editor and/or moderator of the publications. Comments may not be not posted immediately – they are reviewed for defamation, profanity, or libel. Not all comments are published.
  • Please keep comments brief. If you would like to elaborate on your opinion, we encourage you to submit a guest commentary or letter to the editor at mpfriarslantern1@gmail.com
  • The Friar’s Lantern does not permit anonymous comment. All comment postings require a verified email address (or, on Facebook, an active profile). Email addresses will not be displayed but will be used to confirm your comments.

Social Media

The Friar’s Lantern is on Twitter (@friarslantern1), and Facebook (facebook.com/TheFriarsLantern). The moderators, Editors-in-Chief, and Managing Editors have access to the logins of our social media accounts. Members of the Malvern community are encouraged to follow us on social media for online posting and discussion of student news. Social media participants must remember that anything posted represents Malvern Prep, and students can be subject to disciplinary action for anything posted that is deemed inappropriate.

Editorial Board

The Editorial Board is the student voice of the publication.

The unsigned editorial that appears on page 2 of The Blackfriar Chronicle each month is not an anonymous column. It represents the consensus of the entire editorial board.

As a team, we agree and stand behind every word.

The Editorial Board is a group of students composed of The Blackfriar Chronicle editors-in-chief, managing editors, chief investigative reporter, section editors, social media editor, podcast editor, a representative of the freshman class, and a representative from the Diversity Awareness Club. The group is meant to include a group of different students so all opinions and voices can be heard.

The group chooses a topic and forms a unified opinion about the selected topic for each issue. Usually the topics chosen concern pressing and controversial topics within the Malvern community; however the Board is not limited to selecting topics that fit this description. We appreciate suggestions for topics from any member of the Malvern community.

After a draft has been reviewed by all members of the Editorial Board, the Board may reconvene to reach full consensus.  If consensus cannot be reached, the column must either express this dissent in an agreeable form to all Board members, or a separate dissenting opinion may be developed.

Once the column is acceptable to all Board members, the column is published as an unsigned editorial.

The adviser is allowed to attend the meetings for supervision and guidance purposes, however the adviser does not contribute opinions or influence the members of the Editorial Board.  The column truly represents student voice and consensus.

Prior Review

As of January 2016, The Blackfriar Chronicle is under limited and specific prior review by the administration of Malvern Preparatory School.

Any story that refers to fundraising is subject to a prior review by Head of School Mr. Christian Talbot.

In keeping with journalistic ethics and Malvern Preparatory School’s core values, the staff will provide advance notice to the Head of the Upper School and the Director of Student Life of any sensitive topics that may be covered in each edition.

As this is a private institution, the staff must comply with the request. We are working to the standards set by the Student Press Law Center (SPLC), Pennsylvania School Press Association (PSPA), and Journalism Education Association (JEA), among others, but in addition we are acting in accordance with the Malvern administration.

Prior Review October 2014 - January 2016

Prior Review October 2014 - January 2016

As of October 2014, The Blackfriar Chronicle is under the prior review of the administration of Malvern Preparatory School.

Any article that cites an administrator is subject to a prior review by Head of School Mr. Christian Talbot to edit, delay, or pull any story that goes out.

According to Mr. Talbot, information presented on the record during an interview may change prior to the newspaper’s publication. Some information could be damaging to the school if published.

As this is a private institution, the staff must comply with the request. We are working to the standards set by the Student Press Law Center (SPLC), Pennsylvania School Press Association (PSPA), and Journalism Education Association (JEA), among others, but in addition will now act in accordance with the Malvern administration.

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Staff Manual (You must be logged in at malvernprep.org to view.)

Story Format Example (for reporters)

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