The student news site of Piper High School in Kansas City, Kansas.

The student news site of Piper High School in Kansas City, Kansas.

The student news site of Piper High School in Kansas City, Kansas.


The Pirates’ Log is an award-winning newspaper run by student journalists at Piper High School, 4400 N. 107th St., Kansas City, KS 66109. Phone (913) 721-2100. In addition to its print edition, serves as the Pirates’ Log’s online equivalent and posts additional print as well as web-exclusive content. All publications staff members and photographers, and mass media students contribute to the website. If an article, cannot be accessed you must be subscribed to the print version. Please feel free to contact us using the following form.

SENIOR FORMS: Seniors, please fill out these Google Forms: Senior Documentary/Issue for Newspaper, Senior Section of the Yearbook

The Pirates’ Log staff upholds the following policies in accordance with ethical journalism practices:

Censorship Policy

Kansas Senate Bill 62 guarantees the same rights for student journalists as are given to professional journalists. These rights include, but are not limited to, all First Amendment rights guaranteed in our Constitution of the United States, including the rights to freedom of expression, insofar as published items may not contain libel or obscene statements, invade the privacy of individuals, cause a substantial disruption to school activity or incite others to violate school policies or rules. This bill does not allow the adviser, administrator, or other faculty to censor the paper in any way. If administrators wish to preview an issue before publication, they will then assume legal responsibility for all reviewed content that is published. No staffer shall publish false information, information that harms a person’s reputation or information that falls under the pretense of libel. All material shall be reported truthfully. No material shall be substantially disruptive to the school or community, encourage law breaking or violation of school policy or contain obscenity.

Code of Ethics

With the right to freedom of expression comes an obligation to the highest ideals of the journalistic profession. All journalists, including ourselves, should be responsible, accurate, sincere, truthful and impartial, as well as tasteful in journalistic practices. All Pirates’ Log staff members shall work to uphold all of these ideals.

Obscenity Policy

The Pirates’ Log shall deal with profane language as stated in the AP style guide under “obscenity.” The appropriateness of all content will be judged by the editor and adviser if necessary.

Letters to the Editor

Letters to the editor are welcome, but we reserve the right to print and edit all submissions. Letters must be signed to be published. Letters published in the Pirates’ Log do not reflect the ideas or opinions of the Pirates’ Log staff, district students or staff. Letters may be edited for length if necessary. Letters may be emailed directly to [email protected] or use the contact form above.

Editorial Policy

Editorials and other expressions of opinion will be clearly labeled. Editorial opinions expressed throughout this publication do not necessarily reflect the opinion of the entire staff or administration.

Photography policy

The Pirates’ Log staff will not alter photos except to improve the quality of the photo. We may crop, make color corrections, lighten and darken. We will not flip or skew photos. Any alterations to the photo not listed here or any alterations in the content of a photo will be labeled as a photo illustration.

First Amendment

“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”



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