Anything goes. Almost.
Teen Voices of Democracy and the
Youth Issues Forum invite ... WE ENCOURAGE ... students to send us their opinions,
essays, articles, blogs, photos and videos.
themes of this content are
the issues that affect their lives today and their future as American
citizens. Coverage of political campaigns and politicians is a vital part of
Teen Voices of Democracy and Youth Issues Forum content.
We have only two rules:
1. Only content that includes
correspondent's name (byline), age or year in school and how others may respond to his or her content
will be published. E-mail addresses and/or Twitter and other social-network
account names are required. This will encourage others to contribute to Teen
Voices of Democracy and the Youth Issues Forum with their opinions that may
be the same as or different from those expressed on our Web pages. We value
all opinions from students who are 19 years old or younger.
2. We WON'T publish on our Web
pages any content that is obscene, libelous, disruptive of schools or other
public or private institutions, or in any way invades the privacy or
personal lives of private individuals. All content will follow the ethical
Codes of Ethics
... set forth by professional journalism organizations such as the American
Society of News Editors, the Radio-Television Digital News Association and
the Society of Professional Journalists.
We encourage vigorous reporting
about the public lives and careers of politicians and other local, state and
national officials and celebrities. That includes anybody who has been the
subject of news articles or has been quoted in the print and broadcast
That is FAIR GAME and is not
considered an invasion of their privacy as long as the content centers on
information the public should know about in order to assure they are
receiving truthful and open information that affects the general welfare of
the community, state and nation.
That is democracy in action.
Please see the "procedures"
page of this Web site for instructions on how to send content to Teen Voices
of Democracy and the Youth Issues Forum.
These guidelines are subject to
change as deemed necessary by the management of the Institute of Democratic
published on the Teen Voices of Democracy and Youth Issues Forum Web sites is based on work supported by a
grant from the U.S. Election Assistance Commission (EAC). Any opinion,
findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed on this Web site are
those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of the EAC or
the Institute of Democratic Education.
Youth correspondents are encouraged to freely express their opinions and
must abide by the guidelines posted on this Web site. Professional editors will monitor
all submissions to assure they follow recognized journalistic standards and ethical codes
before content appears on this Web site.