Newslight Community Guidelines

Newslight’s community is shaped by its readers and users; help us make it a place for intelligent, insightful and entertaining news and information.

Who can post content?
Anyone can seek to post news content on Newslight.  However, established organizations such as government entities, not-for-profits, or established businesses will have preference.

Individuals are welcomed to submit news content as long as the drafting and editing of the news content follows our news policies.

What type of content is allowed?
First and foremost, Newslight reserves the right to prohibit the publishing of user-generated content for whatever reason it deems necessary.

Determining whether content is newsworthy is largely a subjective exercise.  Nevertheless, there are guidelines that can be followed to ensure your content has a better chance of being determined to be newsworthy.

Content must contain something that is “new.”  However, whether content is newsworthy depends on the context.  For example, a real estate agent listing a home for sale could broadly be considered to be “new.”  However, the real estate agent lists new houses every day as part of his or her job. Therefore, the listing of a house is not newsworthy.  However, if the real estate sold their 1,000th house or 10,000th house, it could be considered newsworthy if it could be verified. Further, the listing of a new house (or houses) in a sub-division could be newsworthy.

How is content approved?
Once content is uploaded, it is reviewed by a member of the Newslight staff.

The content is reviewed to determine whether it is newsworthy, meets our community guidelines, and is in the best interests of Newslight to publish.

If these conditions are met, the content is published on Newslight.

Where is my content published?
The content will be published where and when Newslight desires.  If there are time sensitivities around the content, that will be taken into consideration.

What type of content is prohibited?
First and foremost, we ask our readers and users to self-moderate and abide by the rules outlined in this guide.

Abuse: A story involves a particularly contentious issue, and provokes comments that are offensive, vulgar, racist and/or libellous. In this situation, our policy is to close the story when the volume of such comments becomes unmanageable, at which point an automated message is posted notifying readers that comments on the story “have been closed because an overwhelming number of users were making offensive statements.”

Personal attacks: Attacks against our writers, against other commenters and against the subjects in our articles will be removed. Name-calling, threats and verbal abuse is not tolerated.

Spam: Do not flood the comments with multiple messages that say the same thing. Messages promoting your business, project or a special deal will be removed.

Trolling: Stay relevant and on topic. If you purposely try to derail a conversation or post inflammatory comments, they will be removed and you will be at risk of being suspended or banned.

Racism, sexism and other discrimination: Attacking a group of people or making broad statements against groups is not allowed.

Illegal activities: Do not make libellous statements or comments that include false or unsubstantiated allegations. If the legality of your comment is in question, it will be removed.

Does Newslight edit content?
If necessary, Newslight will suggest edits to content to improve aspects of it or to ensure it aligns with our community guidelines.  You will be able to approve any changes before the content is published. In the event that you do not accept the suggested edits, or you do not seek to find a solution acceptable to Newslight, the content will not be published.

Can I delete my content?