Student Services Manual (SSM)

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Effective: 8/1/1976

Revised: 7/1/2013

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SSM 1401–01: State Press Letters to the Editor Policy

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Purpose

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To provide readers of the State Press with an opportunity to comment on issues and events relevant to the ASU community

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Source

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Student Media

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Policy

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The State Press welcomes and encourages written responses from readers. Letters may be submitted in print, by e-mail, or through social media and should be legible and brief (no more than 400 words). Letters that attack or criticize non-public individuals, or violate community standards of taste or decency may not be accepted. All letters, print or electronic, must include enough information to verify the writer’s identity. Letters from non-students should include the author’s full name, affiliation, if any, with the university, and contact information. Letters appearing on the editorial page of the State Press newspaper or Web site must include the author’s name. All letters are subject to editing. Editors will verify the authenticity of all submissions prior to publication.

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Procedures

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Print Letters to the Editor

The writer delivers a typed, double-spaced letter (including enough information to allow editors to verify the writer’s identity) on the Tempe campus, to Student Media, Matthews Center, basement, information desk, or on the Downtown Phoenix campus, to the Cronkite School, Suite 406.

State Press staff determines if the letter is accepted, the authenticity of the letter along with the writer’s identity, then edits the letter as necessary and publishes it.


Electronic Letters to the Editor

The writer submits an electronic letter (including enough information to allow editors to verify the writer’s identity) by sending it via e-mail to the State Press editor-in-chief, the State Press opinion editor, or the State Press “letters-to-the-editor” e-mail address, which are published in the online and print versions of the State Press, or by posting a letter, or link to a letter, on the State Press Facebook page or the State Press Twitter account.

Note: Letters or other messages posted by readers to State Press social-media sites are subject to removal if deemed inappropriate by State Press editors. Messages posted on State Press social-media sites are also subject to re-publishing as letters to the editor, or as reader commentary or feedback.

State Press staff determines if the letter is accepted, the authenticity of the letter along with the writer’s identity, then edits the letter as necessary and publishes it.

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Cross-Reference

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See also SSM 1401–02, “Advertising.”


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