The High School Student News Site of The American School in London

The Standard

The High School Student News Site of The American School in London

The Standard


Mission Statement

The Standard staff and adviser are dedicated to creating a collaborative, open forum that cultivates productive dialogue within the School community by publishing exemplary student news media according to the strictest standards of journalistic integrity.

At all times, we seek to find the truth and report it, to report fully, fairly and accurately, and to abide by the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics. We have a duty to fairly serve the ASL student body, faculty, staff and greater community as a whole, evincing in no way any bias or favoritism towards any particular interest, individual or group. Final content decisions are the responsibility of the Editor-in-Chief and Editorial Board, working in conjunction with the adviser.

Freedom of expression

The staff will strive to create a publication that is a public, uncensored forum for the expression of diverse views and discussion of issues that pertain to the community. The Standard holds the right to publish anything that is not obscene. In this way, the staff reserves the right to constructively criticize the school community. The Standard operates under the American School in London’s affirmation of student free expression rights.


The Standard is the high school student newspaper and website of The American School in London. It is produced as part of the ASL academic curriculum as well as students’ extracurricular program. All content decisions are made by the students enrolled in the journalism classes according to the value system outlined in the editorial policy and mission statement. The Standard staff holds all responsibility for the content published in print and online, with final content decisions in the hands of the Editor-in-Chief, working in conjunction with the adviser. The publication is not under prior review, but all costs of operating, maintaining and producing the newspaper are fully funded by the school through the High School Administration.

Purpose of the publication

The purpose of The Standard is to serve its readers in the following ways:
• Fair and accurate reporting of news related, but not limited to, the school community.
• Issues-driven coverage that aims to explore ideas, themes, concepts, trends and recent developments beyond the campus that are relevant to members of the community.
• Engaging and interesting news, features, opinions, culture and sports content.
• By providing a designated open forum for expression and discussion of ideas relevant to the school community.
• By serving as an advocate for students, student ideas and student causes.
• By furthering the mission statement of the school through enriching content for the community.

Adviser: Louisa Avery

The American School in London
One Waverley Place
London NW8 0NP
United Kingdom