Editors guide to post approval

After an Author’s post passes validation, it is added to a list of posts to be checked by Editors. Editors can fix and approve posts, send them back to the Author, or forward the post to an Administrator. When a post is sent back to the Author, the Author should fix it and […]

Present tense and the word “new”

All Newsline posts are written in the present tense. This makes the news more lively. Incorrect Liberia closed most of the country’s borders due to the Ebola outbreak. Clooney appeared in Gravity, co-starring with Sandra Bullock. Correct Liberia closes most of the country’s borders due to the Ebola outbreak. Clooney […]


Newslines has an expanded different format for Births, which takes a little more work than a normal record: Title: [Name born in City, Star or Country)] If the city is well-known  (London, New York etc) we don’t need to add the state or country. In the Birth body we use […]

Adding images

Adding an image You can add images of people, logos and other graphics to your posts. In the Add Post screen, place the cursor at the very beginning of the post. Click Add Media. Select an existing image from the Library, or, if you want to add a new image, […]

Write titles

Aggressively shorten titles Always try to remove these words from headlines: at, of, for, the, in, is, and, from, to Posts first video on YouTube -> Posts first YouTube video Fire in Sony warehouse =>Warehouse fire Search resumes in Southern Ocean => Southern Ocean search resumes Paparazzi hit by Bieber’s […]

Why was my post not approved?

After you submit your post it will be checked by an editor, who will either approve it with no comment, approve it with a comment, or reject it with a comment. Newslines has a very stripped down style that takes a little getting used to. We try to build up […]

Validation Errors

When you first submit your post it will be validated for around 30 common errors. The Contributor writes a post and submits it for review The post is scanned for warnings and errors The system will automatically fix some problems, such as removing hidden tags If there are issues with the post, […]

Newslines Post Approval System

Newslines’ post approval system comprises two parts: an automated validation system, and a check by one or two human editors. Key points of the system: Submitted posts are checked by computer (validation) and by humans (editor check) There are a maximum of two human checks Editors can fix and approve posts Writers […]

Linking to sources

All Newsline posts must have a link to a reliable source. These sources include, but are not limited to: Newspaper websites TV news reports YouTube videos Biographies Blog, Twitter and Facebook posts from the subjects themselves Please note that sites like Wikipedia, Biography.com, imdb.com are not a suitable sources for […]

Adding Events to a Newsline

Stage 1: Extract the information from the source Find your source, such as newspaper articles. Note the date Extract sentences that support the main Event. This will usually be the event highlighted in the headline. Ignore other events in the article – you can add them to separate Events later […]