The student news of St. Paul Academy and Summit School

The Rubicon

The student news of St. Paul Academy and Summit School

The Rubicon

The student news of St. Paul Academy and Summit School

The Rubicon

About The Rubicon

Mission Statement: We strive to capture the spirit of the community through its stories while inspiring deeper conversations. Above all, we stand for integrity in our pursuit to inform and engage our readers.

Equity and Inclusion Statement: Coverage about sensitive and difficult topics is an essential part of our job. We examine and reflect on personal and institutional biases to mindfully report on the community. We aim to amplify all voices, including underrepresented and marginalized voices, with care and respect. We seek to be representative and inclusive in our processes, in content published in The Rubicon (print and online), Ibid yearbook, Iris: Art + Lit, and social media channels, and within our publications classroom.

The Rubicon is the student news organization of St. Paul Academy and Summit School

  • 1712 Randolph Ave.
  • Saint Paul, MN 55105
  • [email protected]
  • (651) 696-1459

Director of Publications: Kathryn Campbell, CJE

Publications Assistant: Colton Werner

Ethics Codes:  The Rubicon staff studies the Society of Professional Journalists Code of Ethics, the ONA Social Newsgathering Ethics Code, and the NSPA Model Code of Ethics for HS Journalists and makes policy and story decisions based on these ethical standards.

Advertising:  The Rubicon does not accept advertisements.

Opinion:  Editorials articulate the collective opinion of The Rubicon staff, while mini-editorials, opinions pieces, arts reviews, and columns belong to the author of works published in the Opinion section.

Comments: are welcomed on most stories at The Rubicon online. The Rubicon hopes this promotes thoughtful discussion. We do not permit or publish content including: Libel or defamatory statements, comments that advertise or try to sell to the community, any copyrighted, trademarked or intellectual property of others, the use of profanity. Comments will be moderated, but not edited, and will post after they are approved by the Director of RubicOnline.  It is at the discretion of the staff to close the comments option on stories.

Submission Guidelines (and Contact Us form): Opinions are welcomed as Letters to the Editor, Submitted Opinions, or a cartoon and may be published in the print or online edition.  Letters to the Editor should not exceed 400 words and Submitted Opinions should not exceed 650 words and may be edited for style. All pieces must be submitted with full name.  Cases of fraud and impersonation are prohibited and will be reported to the Dean of Students and the Discipline Committee.  Letters, opinions, and cartoons can be mailed to us, e-mailed to [email protected], or submitted through RubicOnline here.


Updates and Corrections:  At times, online stories will be updated as new information surfaces, and verified inaccuracies will be corrected. When this occurs, the line “This article has been revised to reflect the following update:” will be published at the bottom of the story with the date of the most recent revision and details of the change.

Takedown Policy: Freedom of the Press is guaranteed in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, and all SPA Publications make decisions based on these free speech rights. If stories have factual errors or were published with critical context missing during the decision-making process, the editors may decide to correct or update a story per the corrections policy; however, complete stories are not taken down from the website or removed from a publication regardless of request. Taking action to remove content would be censorship of the publication. As for publication images, journalists follow a code of ethics and policy manual when it comes to coverage. Unlike the student social media policy, reporters do not have to ask permission to take photos of students or to post photos on our web and social media sites because they are used to report school news and not for personal, social use. 

In order for a photo take-down request to be considered:

  • The person requesting must be the only person featured in the photo
  • Group photos will not be altered to accommodate requests
  • If it is the only photo with the story, images might be substituted if possible

The staff may decide to take down photos if they determine that a photo violates journalism ethics. We will consider requests to remove tags from stories or photos on the website, if the presence of the tag poses professional harm or causes a safety risk for the person tagged. Because tags on social media can be managed via personal privacy settings, the responsibility for keeping or removing those tags belongs to the user of personal accounts. Takedown requests will not be considered for digital archives of print publications.

Bylines: Bylines credit the individual who conducted interviews, drafted, revised and fact-checked  an assigned story. Double bylines are given to joint effort assignments.In the case of joint effort stories, bylines are listed alphabetically by last name. In print, stories that include supplemental materials from another reporter include a credit at the bottom that states “Additional reporting provided by” and the reporter’s name (online, this circumstance is considered a joint effort).  All bylines include the writer’s role on staff in a title line below the credited journalist’s name.

Standard bylines are given to contributing writers, their status stated clearly below their names.

Because editorials represent the staff’s voice and a collaborative editing process, no byline credit is given. Because of the short form nature of news-in-briefs, mini-editorials, arts briefs, and sports shorts, these are also not byline credited work.

Name / Pronoun Use: In our student publications, it is a priority for us to be fair to the lived experience of our sources and our community. While we may clarify use through school records like Veracross, we use the name and pronouns reported to us in interviews and on surveys by the individual we are reporting on. To that end, each interview begins with a request to say and spell the person’s name and to share the pronouns they would like to see published in the story, and the reporter is transparent about where the story will be published. We do this because we understand that there are people who exist in different spaces using different names and pronouns: people may choose one set of names and pronouns with friends, or in class, or at home, and choose to use different names and pronouns when being reported on in a public forum. We honor and respect an individual’s right to choose the places where they are out and where they prioritize safety, relationship or privacy by using other names and pronoun choices. If a mistake is made in the course of reporting, a correction will be posted with a print or online story per the corrections policy. The yearbook may include multiple names and pronouns based on when an individual’s name and pronoun information was shared with staff; yearbooks cannot be edited for names and pronouns after signature printing. No changes will be made to archive stories in any publication.