Editorial Standards > Type of Work Labels


Based on facts, either observed and verified firsthand by the reporter, or reported and verified from knowledgeable sources. This includes perspectives from multiple viewpoints on a particular issue, unlike public relations or propaganda. News reports do not incorporate the opinion of the author. News reports include narrative-driven stories, often known as features, as long as they are completely fact-based.


Articles that do not meet specifications for other Type of Work labels and also do not fit within the general news category. Examples include puzzles and non-news features that don’t qualify as opinion.


In-depth examination of a single subject requiring extensive research and resources. Usually is presented at length, either as a single item or as a series of items.


Advocates for ideas and draws conclusions based on the interpretation of facts and data. Tells the public what the author or contributor thinks about the event or issue. Opinion pieces may include reported facts or quotes, but emphasize the author’s own thoughts, personal preferences and conclusions. This includes editorials, columns and cartoons.


Uses exaggeration, irony or humor to make a point; not intended to be understood as factual.


Reports the death of an individual, providing an account of the person’s life including their achievements, any controversies in which they were involved, and reminiscences by people who knew them.


Produced on behalf of an organization or individual that has paid the news provider for production and/or approved publication. This is typically applied to paid obituaries.

Source: The Trust Project