Things to do:
1- Minimize your Ads max 1- 2 per page.
2- Focus on one category. (Focus on local news. You can add multiple categories, but my advice is to work on one category. Ratio should be 9:1. 9 local News and one News related to other categories)
3- Authors and publication dates should be visible on all post’s and on front page.
-> Remember, these are the pages that will be visited by Google team.
5- No Fake News and don’t use Aggregated News.
6- Create all Social Profiles and link them to your website.
7- Hosting should be good.
8- Articles length should be 150-300 word’s unique articles, no spin content. Spin or copied content are not reliable and Google will sense it.
9- While submitting, submit only for the category for which you are creating 90% articles.
10- Before submitting remember to verify your website to Google Search Console add Google Analytics code to your site and add proper redirects to your broken links.
11- Remove all sitemaps and add only “news-sitemap.xml”
These are the basics I have shared here that will increase your chances of getting approval by 98% and 2% is your luck.