To endorse or not? That is the editorial board’s agonizing question

By Rick Edmonds, Poynter

During this much-hyped midterm election, the curious voter might (or might not) want to check out which candidates his or her local newspaper recommends. Whether a search of that sort will yield anything is uncertain, though: Old-fashioned editorial endorsements are still in style some places, long gone at others.

What jumped out after I sampled 20 or so sites and emailed some op-ed page editors was heightened uncertainty about the relevance and value of endorsements. More specifically, publishers and editors are questioning whether taking sides in a polarizing race may heighten confusion about their news department — are those reporters and editors advocates, too? [Full story] 


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