The first things to realize about writing policy is that any policy worth writing has probably already been written.
The list could go on.
One of my favorite classes while working on my master’s degree in public administration at Syracuse University and my doctorate at North Carolina State was policy analysis. We looked at various policies and their impact (and unintended consequences) on stakeholders. We examined budgetary implications. And we looked at how political leaders and bureaucrats implemented the policies all in an attempt to learn how to write better policy.
Here are some policies I’ve helped to write over the years that can serve as guidelines for other media outlets.
Advisers’ Guide to Establishing Policies
Policies Help Ensure Unbiased Coverage for Newspaper and Yearbooks