I’ve been talking with my staffs this year about working up a statement to include in their editorial policy on how they would be using AI. Professional publications around the country are issuing such statements and policies to be transparent with their readers and high school staffs should be doing the same.
I thought coming up with a policy from scratch might be too daunting of a task for the crew so I found a policy from Dragonfly Editorial I liked and shared it, and a couple other policies, with my staff.
The discussion that followed the policy review was a really good one for my staff and got them thinking how they were already using AI and where some of those boundaries should be.
Dragonfly Editorial ended up giving the staff permission to use their policy as a guide to base their own on. You can see the final policy the FHN Media editorial team adopted here in their editorial policy. If you scroll down to section J, you can see the section on “Regarding AI Usage.”
Dragonfly Editorial actually agreed to allow me to share the template I used with my students. You all are free to use it and adapt as well. You can find that template policy here. As a courtesy, if you end up adopting something based off this template, please make sure to credit Dragonfly Editorial for the original inspiration.
Regardless of how your staff decides to come up with a policy, it is a discussion each staff should be having and transparency with readers is always a good thing.