The Hornet Tribune

About Us

The Hornet Tribune is dedicated to serving Hornets past, present, and future through transparent, accurate, and empathetic reporting. In this spirit, we aim to forge connections among those invested in the university community, no matter who they are and where they are.

Since 1923, The Hornet Tribune (the Tribune) has served as Alabama State University’s only weekly student news publication. Our paper is student-run, not-for-profit, and subsidized in part by the university. Although we take pride in our print paper, we commit ourselves to becoming a digital-first organization and interacting with our readers in new and innovative ways, on whatever platform they desire.

We perform, first and foremost, a public service. We seek to inform and engage our readers by delivering reliable, timely, and truthful news and commentary that matter. We aim to drive campus conversation, uphold high journalistic standards, and innovate in how we tell stories.

In particular, we resolve to elevate voices that have historically been underrepresented, both on our campus and in our newsroom, and to tell these stories with an eye towards clarity and accessibility.  In short, we commit to holding ourselves accountable, in order to keep others accountable inside and outside of our community.

As the landscape of the journalism industry demands greater diversity, both in the newsroom and in coverage, we are striving to meet the call. Our staff comprises nearly 200 undergraduate students, many of them writers, photographers, entrepreneurs, podcasters, and so much more. No matter their background, all are committed to our singular mission.

The Hornet Tribune’s statement of values

The Hornet Tribune and all its employees operate under a specific set of journalistic and ethical guidelines and values, outlined below.

Accuracy: We aim for every name, every number, every fact to be 100 percent correct. We never knowingly publish inaccurate or incorrect information, and when we make mistakes, we will correct our errors in a timely manner that is transparent with our audience.

Fairness: We aim to accurately represent all views and sides. We will never distort or misrepresent facts.

Bias: We continuously work to make sure our articles are free of any personal, political, or any other type of bias. We also understand that there are issues such as racism, sexism, homophobia, and other types of bigotry that are objectively wrong, and it is not biased to recognize that fact in our reporting.

Professionalism: We are students, but we maintain a dedication to professionalism. We consider ourselves just as valuable a news source as other professional news organizations and conduct ourselves as such. We are constantly working to become the best we can be so that we can better serve our readers.

Community engagement: We don’t just report on the university community; we live, work and go to school here, too. We want our community to continue to improve. This is a motivating factor for us.

Independence: We have been the independent student voice of Alabama State University since 1923. None of our content is influenced by the university administration or anyone else outside of our staff.

Transparency: We’re human, and sometimes we make mistakes. We hold ourselves to a high standard, and we will always promptly and publicly correct any errors we publish. We attempt to make our decisions and processes clear to our readers — we do not operate in secrecy.

Accountability: We are held responsible for our mistakes by one another and by our audience. We are always open to comments, criticisms and suggestions.

Diversity: We work hard to make sure our newsroom is a place where people, no matter race, religion, gender, sexuality, socioeconomic class, or ability feel safe and welcome to work. We also are intentional in our decisions to cover specific communities and issues, and to create a workplace where we are all free to be our fullest selves.

Inclusivity: We believe all spaces in our newsroom should be welcoming and safe for all people, and that all employees’ attitudes toward one another and their community should reflect that goal.

Mission Statement

The mission of The Hornet Tribune is two-fold:   To train the next generation of student communicators with journalistic best practices and the latest technology and to provide readers with unparalleled coverage and to serve as the primary print and digital news and information source for Alabama State University’s student, staff and administrative population.

The Hornet Tribune promotes the highest standards of journalism while endeavoring to be an award-winning student publication and serving as a learning laboratory for journalism, marketing, graphic design and photography students.  To this end, The Hornet Tribune continually strives to adapt to the changing technology required for the production of state-of-the-art equipment and facilities of the highest quality.

The Hornet Tribune strives to retain a professional staff in conjunction with student workers dedicated to instilling the values of sound business practice, excellence in monetary stewardship and ethics in journalism while providing academic advising and oversight to its student workers.

How to join The Hornet Tribune

Learn more about joining The Hornet Tribune. You can also e-mail us at [email protected], or stop by the Student Media Laboratory on the 2nd floor of the John Garrick Hardy Center Student Life Suite.

Many Tribune staff members start out with little experience. If journalism is something you’re interested in, we’ve got a spot for you. Whether it’s writing, reporting, photography, graphic design, Web development or multimedia, we have a place for you.

Where to find the paper

Aside from keeping up to date at you can find The Hornet Tribune at nearly 20 locations across the campus. The paper is available in most campus buildings.

Publishing Policy, Copyright Notice and Photo Reprints

The Hornet Tribune is produced by a student staff at Alabama State University. All inquiries, comments and complaints should be addressed to the Student Media Board or the Editorial Board, which has sole authority over the content of this publication. Comments and other correspondence can be mailed to:

Editorial Board
The Hornet Tribune
Alabama State University
Montgomery, Alabama  36104

Opinions expressed in signed columns and cartoons are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Hornet Tribune. The Hornet Tribune’s editorials represent the opinions of the newspaper’s Editorial Board.

All content of The Hornet Tribune is copyrighted and may not be reproduced without written authorization from the editor in chief. We extend readers the right to link to our stories and to provide the headline and the first paragraph of the story on their websites.

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