The student news site of Benilde-St. Margaret's School in St. Louis Park, MN

Knight Errant

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BACKGROUND

Welcome to the website of the Knight Errant, the student news organization of Benilde-St. Margaret’s School in St. Louis Park, Minnesota.

All content on this website is written and produced by the students of the Journalistic Writing, Editorial Leadership, Photojournalism, Video Journalism, and Graphic Design classes at Benilde-St. Margaret’s School. This online edition (bsmknighterrant.org) is updated on a daily basis, the print edition is distributed monthly, and the newsmagazine is published quarterly. The editors and members of the Knight Errant strive to uphold their integrity as journalists and resist censorship. 

Benilde-St. Margaret’s is located at 2501 Highway 100 South, St. Louis Park, MN, 55416. The Knight Errant, which is advised by the teachers of the Editorial Leadership, Journalistic Writing, and Video Journalism courses, can be reached by emailing KnightErrant@bsmschool.org.

POLICIES

The role and goal of the Knight Errant staff is to inform and entertain their readers through accurate and factual reports. The Knight Errant aims to be accurate, fair and impartial in its coverage of all issues. The staff strives to report all issues in a legal, objective, accurate, and ethical manner, according to the NSPA Code of Ethics for High School Journalists.

The Knight Errant’s publications work to avoid bias and/or favoritism and endeavor to make coverage and content meaningful and interesting. In order to strive for objectivity, journalists try to avoid covering stories with which they are involved. Every effort is made to avoid printing libel, obscenities, innuendos, or invasions of privacy.

Student journalists learn responsibility and other valuable skills when they make their own publication choices; prior review or restraint can limit their ability to produce journalism of the highest quality. The Knight Errant empowers the staff to make decisions freely. Editors of the Knight Errant make all decisions of content without prior review from school officials or the public, and the adviser does not act as a censor, but provides feedback and mentors students.

The editorial board consists of the editors of the Knight Errant’s publications. The editorial board will discuss coverage concerns in light of journalistic ethics and with an eye toward creating an inclusive environment for all staff members. If content receives complaints, the editorial board will review the content with the administration and evaluate whether it should be taken down.

Editorials, columns, reviews and any other opinions expressed in this publication that appear under a byline are the opinions of the writer and not necessarily those of the staff, advisers, or BSM administration. Staff editorials are not written under a byline and reflect the majority opinion of the editorial board of the Knight Errant and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of all students on the staff, of the adviser, or of the administration. 

The Knight Errant welcomes letters to the editors and general commentaries and expressly reserves the right to edit those letters due to space limitations, copyright laws, or journalistic ethics. Letters should adhere to the same requirements as found in the online-comment policy and be submitted to KnightErrant@bsmschool.org.

The Knight Errant staff moderates all comments made on this website. Comments are expected to adhere to our standards and to be respectful and constructive. As such, we do not permit the use of profanity, foul language, personal attacks, or the use of language that might be interpreted as libelous.  The Knight Errant does not allow anonymous comments, and the Knight Errant requires a valid email address. The email address will not be displayed but will be used to confirm comments.

All questions, concerns, and requests for coverage should be directed to KnightErrant@bsmschool.org.

ONLINE COMMENTS

The Knight Errant intends for this area to be used to foster healthy, thought-provoking discussion. Comments are expected to adhere to our standards and to be respectful and constructive. As such, we do not permit the use of profanity, foul language, personal attacks, or the use of language that might be interpreted as libelous. Comments are reviewed and must be approved by a moderator to ensure that they meet these standards. The Knight Errant does not allow anonymous comments, and the Knight Errant requires first and last names and a valid email address in order for comments to be published. The email address will not be displayed but will be used to confirm comments.

ADVERTISING

The Knight Errant does not advertise online nor in print.

CORRECTIONS

Corrections will be published online when mistakes are found and/or brought to the attention of the staff.

SOCIAL MEDIA

Social media will be used to promote published content and to engage readers. Information posted on social media platforms will be held to the same standard as all other forms of reporting.

PRIVACY

Like most websites, bsmknighterrant.org collects and logs information automatically and through the use of electronic tools that may be transparent, such as an IP address, the type and version of a browser, the length of time on the site, search queries, click-stream data, the location linking to the site and the number of pages viewed. This information is logged for systems administration and troubleshooting purposes and may also be used to gather general demographic. Your personal information (usernames, passwords, and any other sensitive data) will not be used or sold for any purpose. 

DEATH

Reporting on the end of life is a sensitive matter; therefore, the Knight Errant will consult with the family of the deceased before covering the death of a student or faculty/staff member.

COPYRIGHT

All content on bsmknighterrant.com or in a printed Knight Errant publication is strictly protected by copyright laws. Use of our photos and other content is allowed once permission is granted. Contact KnightErrant@bsmschool.org for usage of content. If you believe that the Knight Errant has infringed your copyright in any material way, please notify us at KnightErrant@bsmschool.org.

Our Awards

National Awards and Honors

  • CSPA Silver Crown 2016 (hybrid category)
  • NSPA Print Pacemaker Finalist 2015 (KEQ)
  • CSPA Gold Circle 1st Place Certificate 2015 (KEQ)
  • NSPA Online Pacemaker 2015
  • CSPA Gold Crown 2015 (hybrid category)
  • CSPA Critique: Gold Medalist with All-Columbian Honors 2014 (hybrid category)
  • NSPA Critique: 1st Class 2014 (online edition)
  • NSPA Critique: 1st Class 2014 (print edition)
  • NSPA Online Pacemaker 2014
  • CSPA Silver Crown 2014 (hybrid category)
  • CSPA Critique: Gold Medalist with All-Columbian Honors 2013 (hybrid category)
  • NSPA Critique: All-American 2013 (online edition)
  • NSPA Critique: All-American 2013 (print edition)
  • NSPA Online Pacemaker Finalist 2013
  • NSPA/JEA 2013 Spring Convention Website Best of Show (Small Schools) — 3rd Place
  • NSPA/JEA 2013 Spring Convention Print Best of Show (Tabloid Size) — 6th Place
  • NSPA Critique: All-American 2012 (online edition)
  • NSPA Critique: 1st Class 2012 (print edition)
  • NSPA Online Pacemaker 2012
  • NSPA/JEA 2011 Fall Convention Website Best of Show (Small Schools) — 4th Place
  • NSPA Online Pacemaker 2011
  • NSPA/JEA 2010 Fall Convention Website Best of Show (Small Schools) — 6th Place
  • NSPA Online Pacemaker 2010
  • NSPA Online Pacemaker 2009

Minnesota Awards and Honors

  • MHSPA Newspaper Best of Show 2016 – 3rd Place
  • MHSPA Gold Medallion Website General Excellence 2016 – 6th Place
  • MHSPA Feature Magazine Best of Show 2016 – 1st Place
  • All-State Silver KEQ 2016
  • All-State Silver Print Edition 2016
  • All-State Gold Online Edition 2016
  • MHSPA Website Best of Show 2015 — 3rd Place
  • All-State Gold Print Edition 2015
  • All-State Gold Online Edition 2015
  • All-State Gold KEQ 2015
  • MHSPA Website Best of Show 2013 — 1st Place
  • MHSPA Print Best of Show 2013 — 5th Place
  • All-State Gold Print Edition 2013
  • All-State Gold Online Edition 2013
  • MHSPA Website Best of Show 2012 — 1st Place
  • MHSPA Print Best of Show 2012 — 1st Place
  • All-State Gold Print Edition 2012
  • All-State Gold Online Edition 2012
  • All-State Gold Print Edition 2011
  • All-State Gold Online Edition 2011
  • MHSPA Website Best of Show 2011 — 1st Place
  • All-State Gold Print Edition 2010
  • All-State Gold Online Edition 2010
  • MHSPA Website Best of Show 2010 — 2nd Place
  • MHSPA Website Best of Show 2009 — 1st Place
  • MHSPA Print Best of Show 2009 — 4th Place

National Individual Awards

  • 2016 CSPA Gold Circle 2nd Place Certificate – Cultural Feature – Alec Lawrenz
  • 2015 CSPA Gold Circle 3rd Place Certificate — Sports Feature — Will Jarvis
  • 2015 CSPA Gold Circle Certificate of Merit — Personal Opinion — Jack Youngblut
  • 2015 CSPA Gold Circle Certificate of Merit — Personal Opinion — Sarah Letscher
  • 2015 CSPA Gold Circle Certificate of Merit — Humor Commentary — Jackie Lawyer
  • 2015 CSPA Gold Circle Certificate of Merit — Personality Profile — Jack Youngblut
  • 2015 CSPA Gold Circle Certificate of Merit — Feature — Sarah Karels and Sofie Madden
  • 2014 CSPA Gold Circle 1st Place Certificate — Computer Generated Art/Illustration — Keara Clacko

Minnesota Individual Awards

  • 2016 MHSPA Newspaper Feature Design – 1st Place – Will Krane
  • 2016 MHSPA Newspaper Feature Design – 6th Place – Will Krane
  • 2016 MHSPA Newspaper Feature Story – 6th Place – Abby Letscher
  • 2016 MHSPA Newspaper News Story – 6th Place – Molly Keady
  • 2016 MHSPA Online Multimedia Package – 1st Place – 2016 Staff
  • 2016 MHSPA Newspaper Feature Photo – 5th Place – Collins Jones
  • 2016 MHSPA Newspaper Review – 6th Place – Alec Lawerenz
  • 2016 MHSPA Newspaper Editorial Column – 5th Place – 2016 Staff
  • 2016 MHSPA Newspaper Spots Photo – 2nd Place – Collins Jones
  • 2016 MHSPA Newspaper News Photo – 4th Place – Keenan Schemer
  • 2016 MHSPA Newspaper Page One Design – 1st Place – Johnny Byrnes
  • 2016 MHSPA Newspaper News Photo – 10th Place – Sisay Shannon-Tamrat
  • 2016 MHSPA Newspaper Single-Page Design – 6th Place – Kasey Desmond, Anna von Kampen
  • 2016 MHSPA Newspaper Feature Story – 1st Place – Lizzie Ambre, Rachel Lyons
  • 2016 MHSPA Newspaper Page One Design – 7th Place – Keenan Schember, Rachel Lyons
  • 2015 MHSPA Online Multimedia Package — 1st Place — Grace Gyolai
  • 2015 MHSPA Newspaper Sports Story — 1st Place — Libby Grygar
  • 2015 MHSPA Newspaper Review — 2nd Place — Adam Eldred
  • 2015 MHSPA Newspaper Single-Page Design — 2nd Place — Jason Kang
  • 2013 MHSPA Newspaper Sports Story — 1st Place — Anne Arnason and Michelle Sauer
  • 2013 MHSPA Newspaper Sports Story — 2nd Place — Peter Best and David Nelson
  • 2013 MHSPA Newspaper News Story — 1st Place — Mary Pat Ross
  • 2013 MHSPA Newspaper News Story — 2nd Place — Katie Sisk and Ruby Ford
  • 2013 MHSPA Newspaper Editorial — 1st Place — Staff
  • 2013 MHSPA Newspaper Editorial — 2nd Place — Kate Whitney
  • 2013 MHSPA Newspaper Feature Story — 2nd Place — Anne Arnason, Arthur Boyle, and Michelle Sauer
  • 2013 MHSPA Newspaper Page One Design — 1st Place — Anne Arnason
  • 2013 MHSPA Newspaper Single-page Design — 3rd Place — Kiley Petersen
  • 2013 MHSPA Newspaper Sports Photo — 1st Place — Megan Beh
  • 2013 MHSPA Website General Excellence — 1st Place — Staff
  • 2013 MHSPA Website Multimedia Package — 1st Place — Anne Arnason
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