The Lasso Online, a publication conceived, planned and produced by students, is also the product of an academic elective program. Certain guidelines must be put into practice ethically and legally. Journalistic in nature, Lasso Online attempts to inform and entertain its audience in a broad, fair and accurate manner on all subjects that affect the readers in the areas of academics, clubs, sports and all other aspects of student life. The entire student body of George Mason High School constitutes the target audience of the newspaper with secondary audiences including school personnel, community members and other journalism groups. Content focuses on coverage that will meet the wants and needs of the majority of the student body. The staff not only allows but also encourages constructive criticism of any part of the newspaper before or after distribution, but final decisions will be made by the editorial board and adviser. If deemed necessary, the administration will be consulted concerning questionable material. No material, opinionated or otherwise, that is libelous, irresponsible, advocates an illegal activity, or which the editorial board or adviser deems in poor taste will be printed.
Lasso Online maintains a policy not to discriminate through printed material against any person or group on the basis of race, gender, nationality, religion, creed, age, profession, sexual orientation, or disability. If you feel Lasso Online has strayed from this policy, please contact Joy Wagener, Lasso Online faculty adviser.
In the event of the death of student currently attending or teacher currently teaching at George Mason High School, the Lasso Online will run an article 450 to 500 words in length. In addition, the family will be contacted to provide permission and a photo.
If any student or teacher not currently at the high school but affiliated to it through having taught or attended it earlier or having attended a Falls Church City Public School dies, the Lasso Online will run a box commemorating the person. This box, the size of a quarter-page ad, will appear on the bottom of the front page.