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May 21, 2019

10/3/2018 9:42:00 AM
Reminder: Our policy on pre-election content

As has been the case for the past several election seasons, in the month before the Nov. 6 election, the Daily News is restricting political content on its news pages.

Readers are reminded that our policy on letters to the editor applies to all content - we can't allow material that supports or opposes one candidate or party over another, or that could be interpreted to do so.

The photos and articles both local parties have been submitting have been generally acceptable - meeting speakers and announcements, visits by non-local candidates, headquarters openings, new officers, etc.

However, during the month before an election even those are more likely to be construed by readers - and, frankly, used by the candidates and parties - as political promotion. So we limit as much as possible local news content that is political in nature for the month before an election. 

(Material submitted before the beginning of the month, as well as calendar items submitted before the beginning of the month that refer to an event during the month, is acceptable.)

Of course, anything either party or any candidate would like to appear during this month can be submitted to our advertising department for consideration as a paid political advertisement.

While some non-local political content is unavoidable on our Insight & Opinion page (such as the Rich Miller column, which often takes candidates of both parties to task), we try to limit it, as well, the month before the election.

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