Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Just the Facts

Magazine article Editor & Publisher

Just the Facts

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Unfortunately, the sources analyzing the American Opinion Research poll about newspapers endorsing candidates [E&P, Jan. 3, p. 18] missed the mark on why small papers don't endorse candidates.

The problem is simple bias and objectivity.

Large newspapers have independent editorial boards to offer their papers' opinions and therefore can claim that their rank-and-file reporters and editors are not affected by those opinions. Smaller newspapers, especially community weeklies, have fewer people writing and editing the entire newspaper than most big papers have on their editorial boards.

At my 25,000-distribution free weekly newspaper, I have four people, including me, putting this paper together. I frequently find myself becoming a reporter again, covering a beat due to illness, vacation, or whatever. (If one reporter calls in sick, I've lost 25% of my staff. Imagine if 25% of The Washington Post called in sick.)

My editorial board, such as it is, is myself and my publisher. …

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