Journalism At Neville

  • Journalism Christmas 2017

                                  "Student Written. Student Made. Student Run." 



  • Tradition MastheadOur Paper & AdmissionsThe Neville High School Tradition is a student-run newspaper with selective admission. Students should download, print, and complete on paper the application found on Mr. Donn's "Media Arts I & II (Journalism)" teacher web page.  Only students who have attended Neville High School for 1 year having maintained strong academic and behavioral records are eligible for admission into our class. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, but student responsibility and familiarity with Neville culture is essential to the success of our paper. 

  • While we can no longer accept Freshman students for enrollment, we absolutely welcome Freshman students to submit to our paper as guest writers! Our class currently counts as one arts credit for each year successfully completed.  For more questions about credits associated with our class, please contact counselor Chris Waters in the Neville Guidance Department

  • To email our editors concerning submissions, write to

  • We have been in operation since 2002. Our paper is published by Neville High School with prior review by Neville High school and with the support of ad revenue from local businesses and individuals. 

  • We are, above all else, a writing class (See Louisiana State Standards For Writing). We are currently a 16-page tabloid format and adhere to print journalism guidelines established by the Associated Press (AP). We publish through the Ruston Daily Leader. Our professional guild is the National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA). For more information about professional associations connected to our paper, please see the bottom of this page.

  • In addition to creating our paper, The Neville High School Tradition staff participates in several fundraisers throughout the year, including working in cooperation with The American Heart Association (AHA) and Johnny's Pizza in Monroe, LAThe Tradition makes a yearly, seasonal donation of $500 to a Neville club or organization based on staff vote. 

  • Our Staff: Our paper is governed by student staff, from managing editors to reporters. Students must be self-starters, must be interested in real-world experience, and must have a love for writing. Students must have no history of discipline issues with teachers or other students, and admission to the class is determined by the Advisor in consultation with managing editors. The Neville Tradition does not discriminate based on race, gender, or sexual orientation.

    Interested students must have attended Neville for 1 year, and must complete a formal application to get approval from the Advisor, Ronald Donn, after a one-on-one interview that includes a review of the required teacher recommendation included in the application.  Our class runs on a newsroom model, and we publish six issues a year. It is crucial that our staff members be able to work together, adhere to deadlines, and have a serious interest in improving their writing skills!    

  • Interested? If you are interested in joining Journalism (listed as "Media Arts I & II" in Neville's course catalog) or are the parent/guardian of an interested student, then please download the application from the menu on the left.  

You may email Tradition Advisor Ronald Donn at


The goal of Neville High School Journalism is to inspire Neville High School students through vigorous, fair coverage of student life while engaging in an educated use of free speech. We seek to promote the health of Neville High School while providing a critical eye on its students and events. 

Our mission includes adherence to the NSPA Code of Ethics for High School Journalism. 

The Neville High School Tradition is not for profit. We are sponsored by Neville High School in association with The National Scholastic Press Association (NSPA), and with the generous support of local businesses, our parent community, and members of the Neville Alumni and Friends Association (NAFA), with special thanks to Frank Nettles Automotive

LEGAL NOTES: Our paper exercises freedom of the press, but its primary goal is to support and grow the diverse student voice of Neville High School. The contents of our paper are subject to laws that govern the protection of minors and will never knowingly publish material in contradiction to public education safety regulations or Louisiana law governing the safety and rights of minors. Opinions and views expressed by our newspaper may not necessarily represent opinions and views held by the governance of Neville High School.

If you have any questions or concerns about our publication, please contact me at