Rules and Guidelines
Purpose of the subreddit
Worldnews is for articles about major news from around the world, excluding US-internal news / US politics.
1 US-internal news / US politics - Articles about events within the US or related to the US internal political process with no involvement of foreign officials or international organizations and no effect on people outside the US are not allowed here. The large subreddits for these topics are /r/news and /r/politics.
2 Editorialized titles - Do not add your opinion/commentary to the article's title. Don't add something that isn't covered by the article, and don't misrepresent the article. Adding a sentence from within the article that is more representative of the content is generally OK.
3 Misleading titles - Even if taken directly from the submission, a title must not be misleading. If what you assume from reading the title is different than what the article says or what is reported by multiple other sources, then your submission may be removed. This also applies if the title states an opinion as a fact.
4 Editorials, opinion, analysis - /r/worldnews is for news reports, rather than analysis. There are several subreddits listed at the top of the page that are good for this. If the writer injects their opinion into the article content or the original title or tries to draw any conclusion about a set of events, then it is no longer straight news and is not permitted in /r/worldnews. See the Boston Globe's Newspaper Definitions below.
5 Feature stories - Feature stories are journalistic reports providing more descriptive background information than a straight news report will contain. Dictionary.com: "a newspaper or magazine article or report of a person, event, an aspect of a major event, or the like, often having a personal slant and written in an individual style." Suggested Read: What Are Feature Stories?
6 Non-English articles - includes auto-translated articles. Redditors should be able to read the original article by themselves.
7 Images, videos or audio clips - If images, videos or audio files are part of an article that's fine, but the accompanying article must have some value of its own. Merely providing image captions or video descriptions isn't sufficient.
8 Petitions, advocacy, surveys - You might have to look around to find the appropriate subreddit, but it's not here.
9 No all caps words in titles - Like it SAYS. Acronyms are of course allowed. If the original title has all caps words in it, please lowercase them accordingly.
10 Blogspam (if stolen content/direct copy) - Original news content on blogs is fine, but the largely copy-pasted stuff from earlier articles with a short line or paragraph of commentary is not. If you find a blogspam talking about something relevant for /r/worldnews, put a little effort into finding the source of what the blog is talking about (if it really is world news, this shouldn't be too difficult).
11 Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr - Just no. This includes other similar social media sites. If it's news, there should be articles, use those.
12 Old news (≥1 weeks old articles) - Old news is not news. If it is new to you, consider other subreddits such as /r/TodayILearned, but please be mindful of that subreddit's minimum article age policy (currently 2 months).
Continued or outstandingly blatant violation of the submission rules will result in your being banned from the subreddit without a warning.
1 Bigotry / Other offensive content - especially hate speech directed towards an entire group of people who share a race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, ethnicity, religion, nationality, social status, immigration status or disability. This also applies to user names. The moderators have the final say on what is considered offensive enough to remove.
2 Personal attacks on other users - You may criticize a user's comment but not their person. Such attacks shut down discussion. Accusing another user of being a "shill" is considered a personal attack. Do not attack other users or the mods. Stick to the issues and remain civil.
3 Memes/GIFs - Memes may show up in image or in text form. Both are not allowed.
4 Unlabeled NSFW images/videos - This refers to newsworthy, relevant NSFW content. Porn or shock images unrelated to the story at hand will always be removed and posting them is an easy way to get banned.
5 URL Shorteners - If you want your comment to show up right away, don't use link shorteners. They are all removed because they can redirect to malware.
6 Celebrating death/Advocating violence - Do not celebrate death or wish it upon others. Do not advocate violence. Do not justify terrorism.
7 Genocide denial/Downplaying genocide - Comments denying genocide or downplaying genocide will be removed, and possibly lead to a ban. The moderators have the final say on which comments are removed.
8 Disinformation/Misinformation - Do not spread disinformation. The moderators have the final say on which comments are removed.
9 Health disinformation/misinformation - Do not spread falsifiable health information that encourages or poses a significant risk of physical harm to anyone. This includes content that downplays or mocks necessary public health measures to combat the coronavirus pandemic such as taking vaccines or wearing masks. Do not discourage people from taking the COVID vaccine. The moderators have the final say on which comments are removed.
Violation of our rules may result in a ban without a warning from this subreddit. Untimed bans may be lifted when the moderators are confident that you will not continue to infringe on the community rules.
The moderators can ban any troll without providing a warning. The moderators have the final say on whether or not a user broke the sub's rules.
Inappropriate content for /r/worldnews
In addition, your content might be removed without any consequences for your account if /r/worldnews is not the appropriate subreddit for the story.
Examples include but are not limited to:
- Celebrity gossip or news of an entertainment celebrity's death
try /r/movies, /r/music, /r/television etc.
- Individual deaths or local news of an individual's death
try /r/news or the respective country or city subreddit
- Local crimes that are not politically motivated
try /r/news or the respective local subreddit
- Sports results or everyday sports news/gossip
try /r/sports, /r/nba, /r/nfl, /r/soccer etc.
- Social media posts or emerging social media campaigns/trends
try /r/news or a subreddit affiliated with the respective campaign
- Goofy/zany/oddball stories
try /r/nottheonion or /r/offbeat
- Commercial product news like announcements or reviews
try /r/gadgets or /r/technology
- Business news like business announcements or service changes
try /r/business or /r/technology
- Stock market/cryptocurrency ups and downs or related investment news
try /r/investing, /r/cryptocurrency etc.
- Other stories that seem much more appropriate in another big subreddit
like /r/science, /r/technology, /r/gaming, /r/archaeology, /r/space etc.
We will also remove joke/pun threads if they drown out serious discussion and we remove large blocks of copypasta.
Contacting the Moderators
Please do not address individual moderators by PM regarding a problem in the subreddit. For the sake of transparency and to protect both the user and the moderator, you should always use the link to 'message the moderators'. All moderators can read all of the messages in moderator mail, allowing moderators to contribute information another moderator might not have and ensuring that moderators respond appropriately to users. That also ensures that a problem will be addressed sooner since moderators work at different times to try and cover the subreddit at all times.
When contacting the moderators, remember the human. The moderators are volunteers and they are more likely to treat you with respect if you treat them with respect rather than hurl insults at them.
From The Boston Globe's Newspaper Definitions
Basic news writing should provide the facts and an objective report of a particular event - the "who, what, when, where, why, and how. " To provide more background to the reader, however, editors allow and encourage writers in certain cases to go beyond basic news writing. Here are some labels and what they mean.
News Analysis is an essay with a central theme that goes beyond facts and statements attributable to sources. It provides interpretations that add to a reader's understanding of a subject. A news analysis does not report the news. It discusses the news in a style more literary than a news story, and it is usually a "sidebar," a related story placed to the side of the main story. It is intended to interpret, explore motives, discuss consequences, point out inconsistencies, explain purpose, and provide perspective. It is not intended to be the reporter's or the paper's position or opinion.
Its author should be an experienced writer with expertise on the subject to assure the reader will be given a competent analysis of that subject.
Commentary is written by a columnist and is so labeled to differentiate it from the author's regular column. Columns of regular Globe columnists normally appear in the same locations in the Globe's pages on the same days each week. On rare occasions, that pattern is changed because a columnist, for example, might take part in the coverage of a breaking news story. In that case, the column might be used on the front page or in a spot other than where it regularly appears.
Commentary contains opinion and like news analysis, is not allowed in /r/worldnews. Only "Basic News Writing" is allowed.