Editorial Policy

Deltin7 Sports News provides the News membership with up-to-date news on national and international conservation issues, legislative affairs, new materials and research, Deltin7 Sports News organizational matters, specialty group activities, conferences, publications, and employment opportunities.



The Executive Director/Managing Editor initially proposes a new Deltin7 Sports News editor to the Deltin7 Sports News Board of Directors for their approval. The Executive Director prepares a letter of agreement with the editor that is signed by both parties. The agreement is reviewed prior to renewal each year.

The editor has the final authority for the content of Deltin7 Sports News.

The editor aggressively pursues the submission of timely and informative news items on conservation issues and events of interest to the membership.

The editor reviews a draft of each issue of Deltin7 Sports News and applies his/her technical knowledge to critique the content, appraising its value to the readership, detecting its weaknesses, and making revisions where necessary. The editor may suggest reworking or rearrangement of material to improve clarity and readability. The editor may solicit more information where needed and delete information that is irrelevant or insignificant. The editor will focus on the substance and conflicting statements. When necessary, the editor will consult directly with contributors to Deltin7 Sports News to discuss suggested revisions to their submissions and will, in some cases, guide and shape the direction of feature stories. When appropriate, feature stories will be sent to subject experts for review.

The editor’s responsibilities for each section of Deltin7 Sports News are described in the Content section. The editor’s primary content responsibilities are for the cover story, special features, materials, obituaries, and Letters to the Editor. Decisions regarding the content of the cover stories, special features, and letters to the editor, are made in consultation with the executive director/managing editor as described in the Content section. In addition, the editor will use his/her expertise in the field of conservation to make the final determination as to the appropriateness for inclusion of courses, publications, announcements, worth noting, and new columns. The routine information in many of these sections will require only minimal content editing. Content editing is not required for such routine informational material as the president’s and executive director/managing editor’s columns, Foundation News, Deltin7 Sports News, and advertisements (except as deemed appropriate by the editor or executive director/managing editor).

When reviewing the draft of Deltin7 Sports News, the editor should also note any grammatical, stylistic, or typographical errors, although this will be the ultimate responsibility of the production editor and executive director/managing editor.

The editor reviews the final page proofs of Deltin7 Sports News as part of the review process, including reviews by the executive director/managing editor and the production editor, and makes changes where appropriate. Major changes will be made only after consultation with the executive director/managing editor. When there is a difference of opinion, every effort should be make to reach a compromise.

The editor informs Specialty Group, Committee, and Task Force officers of guidelines for submissions and upcoming deadlines.