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Since the website is built on a Wordpress platform, I was able to find a plugin to do that and now actually have a Google News Sitemap generated which displays correctly.
However, when it is added to the webmaster tools, the sitemap does not seem to be recognized.
This is apparently more of a bug with the software than a problem at my end. This is because while the default RSS feed for wordpress websites (www.example.com/feed) is recognized for one website, the same is not recognized as a sitemap for the other.
So, I would like to know how if our submission will be affected because of this. There is nothing I can about it since it seems to be out of my control.
Result of Validating: http://example.com/google-news-sitemap.xml
Error: Object # has no method 'load'
I just checked with the News sitemaps protocol at the Google News website here [google.com] and it doesn't seem to have any 'load' method either. Any idea why Google WMT is not accepting the sitemap?