My initial reaction after reading this list was that it all makes sense. News is much more fact based than an English essay. It is important that every detail is clear so that the reader does not misunderstand the meaning. While this is also important with an essay, it is crucial with a news article. There is room for error in an essay but not in the news. It also makes sense that the point of view should remain objective, because news articles are generally supposed to remain unbiased. It would be too easy to include a biased opinion if the article were related in first person.