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In response to inquires about how Newsroom Magazine editors select, edit and process governmental news release, documents, testimony and transcripts, we have codified our standards and practices as follows:
The government sourced materials published in Newsroom Magazine are solicited materials which are required to be delivered to our private news wire facilities. We vouch for their legitimacy and the chain of custody by which they are delivered to our newsroom.
Newsroom Magazine publishes less than 2% of the materials we receive due to (1) governmental tendencies to distribute administrative, promotional or political information as if news, (2) content that our editors deem not relevant, not credible, not probative, or otherwise not news worthy.
Materials that meet our news worthiness standards are published as “Reliable Sources” to make clear that the source materials, their editing, formatting and presentation are compliant with Newsroom Magazine standards and practices. We require that the origin agency, department or person be cited as the source.
Government Generated Content Editing And Presentation Standards
- We select content for publication based on its:
- National and/or International News value
- Relevancy to U.S. citizens, states, communities and interests.
- Our policy is not to alter official government content except as stated below:
- We redact and clearly identify what has been redacted in government published content based on the following considerations:
- We routinely remove ( redact ) materials from the end of government documents without citation where the redacted materials are not directly related to the body of the document. We do this because some government bodies routinely tag their materials with invitations to visit their website, or to promote their importance, or make political statements and/or arguments.
- We clearly mark and identify redaction of governmental content where the redacted materials are administrative in nature or otherwise do not bear on the accuracy or completeness of that content. We do this when the administrative materials, such as what are sometimes very long list of meeting attendees are inserted, where such materials are not germane to the remainder of the content.
Date Of Origination
- Newsroom Magazine routinely inserts a date at the top of every government published article, story or document where the governmental source document or materials fail to include or provide date information.
Publication Appearance Considerations
- We reformat government documents to fit Newsroom Magazine technical requirements including, where required, elimination, resizing or relocation of images and/or and or other graphic embellishment and/or alternative placement of headlines and/or header information to make the materials more easily read.
- We adjust graphical information, or tabular data to a standardized appearance model that gives our content a consistent appearance for easier reading and better understanding.