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Editorial Policy

The Southerner is an open forum newspaper published by student journalists at Henry W. Grady High School, which has an enrollment of 1,379 students and is located at 929 Charles Allen Drive in Atlanta, Georgia. Student editors and reporters determine and produce all content of The Southerner by exercising the protections of the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution with guidance from a faculty adviser to ensure that content meets journalistic standards.

The Southerner publishes eight print issues during the academic year as well as online content on this website as a hybrid print/online publication.

The views expressed in The Southerner do not necessarily express the opinions or the policies of Grady High School’s faculty, administration, adviser or students. The Southerner welcomes signed letters to the editor, guest commentaries and encourages members of the Grady community to contact us with any news leads or story ideas.

The editorial board reserves the right to edit or refuse submitted letters or guest commentaries. All letters and guest commentaries reflect the opinions of the writers. Reasons for refusal may include: length, clarity, libel, obscenity, material disruption of the educational process at Grady High School or violation of copyright laws.

The Southerner will correct any errors in coverage as soon as those areas are discovered by staff or by our readers.

The Southerner staff abides by all standards set forth in the Code of Ethics established by the Society of Professional Journalists and guidelines set by scholastic press organizations including: Georgia Scholastic Press Association, Southern Interscholastic Press Association, National Scholastic Press Association, Columbia Scholastic Press Association, Quill & Scroll and the Journalism Education Association.

You may contact the Southerner by email at to submit story ideas, letters to the editor or provide feedback on coverage. Adviser Del Ellerton can be contacted by email at

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