Confidential Tips

Do you have information that the Seaholm community and Birmingham need to know? Do you have the next big story The Highlander should pursue? Is The Highlander missing something? Your story is important. Submit a tip!

This page is about how to submit a confidential tip and does not pertain to submitting Op-eds or letters to the editor. To submit an Op-ed or letter to the editor, click here.

 

What Makes a Good Tip:

Foremost, a tip has to be about an event, sentiment or general phenomena that demonstrably happened, is happening or is to happen or existed or is to exist. This involves directly asserting that something important is behind us, occuring or afoot and needs to be paid attention to. The Highlander does not report school gossip or mere conjecture, so, you can wear your tin-foil hat or circulate salacious accounts of your teacher’s marital issues yourself (don’t actually), however we won’t write about it.  Secondly, the tip must be pertinent to Seaholm students, parents, teachers, staff and/or administrators in some way. Some examples of good tips include, “There is corruption within BPS’s Central Administration,” “A teacher is sexually harassing students,” or, “Seaholm students formed a non-profit through their church and are serving the needy.” Those tips construct a good paradigm for what a tip should be, however, be cognizant of the fact that good tips don’t necessarily espouse the same themes. Lastly, good tips are as descriptive as reasonably possible. Make your claim, offer ways that it can be cobberated, then just tell us your story.

Fully Confidential Methods of Contact:

WhatsApp is the best way to contact The Highlander with particularly sensitive information that could potentially jeopardize the provider of the information. With WhatsApp, you can send documents, messages, audio, video, photos and make phone calls. WhatsApp is equipped with full end-to-end encryption with all of its communication on Facebook’s, meaning that only the sender and the recipient can view the messages with no third party in between. However, it has been reported that both Facebook and the law enforcement agencies they authorize can view metadata, the digital breadcrumbs which includes IP addresses and phone information. However, The Highlander found no evidence that any third parties can view the substance of correspondence in our investigation of the tipping method. To learn more about WhatsApp’s security, click here

To contact the Highlander on WhatsApp, add the phone number 248-646-5774.

Email is the best way to contact The Highlander with most tips which don’t necessarily require extreme precautionary procedures. The Highlander has a Gmail account (the password of which is changed weekly and access is restricted) specifically for receiving tips and is checked on a daily basis. While this method does not ensure the same degree of security as other options, it’s safe to assume that nobody’s trying to hack your communications with us, and the tip is still absolutely confidential. Ensure that you use your personal email to share information to The Highlander as to reduce the risk of being reprimanded for sharing crucial information from BPS or otherwise discoverable domains.

To contact The Highlander via email, address your message to highlanderconfidentialtips@gmail.com

 U.S. Mail is another way to ensure full confidentiality using a simplistic and tested system which ensures that packages will be delivered confidentially.

To contact The Highlander via the United States Postal Service, mail information and any supplements to it to The Highlander in room G107 of Seaholm High School 2436 West Lincoln Street, Birmingham, MI 48009.

Your Privacy:

Whistleblowers and other imparters are just as important as the stories they tell, which is why The Highlander values your privacy. Your privacy is fundamental to The Highlander’s mission and is critical to maintaining its reputation. You have the assurance of the entire publication that the information within your tip(s) will not be shared outside of the newspaper in any form whatsoever and that anonymity will be granted and protected if it’s required for publishing. Your information and identity will only be shared within The Highlander on a need-to-know basis with The Highlander’s editors and their advisor and will not be shared with other teachers, students, administrators, BPS staffers, members of law enforcement or any other individual or organization without the consent of the tipper. For any additional questions regarding the tipping process, contact The Highlander and we will guide you through it and help you make the understandably difficult decision to contact us with important information that needs to be known. We thank you very much for your trust and commitment to the necessary dissemination of important information to whomever it may concern via our award-winning newspaper and journalists.