Why we’re not endorsing

Dear readers,

Election Day is just one week away, and all eyes are on Ohio. It’s a season of campaign signs, bumper stickers and TV commercials — and a time when newspapers all over America are publishing endorsements of candidates and issues.

We will not be doing that.

The Dayton Daily News is among a growing number of newspapers that have made the decision not to endorse candidates or issues. There are two major reasons why we are not endorsing:

  • Most readers don’t want us to tell them how to vote. They’ve asked us to dig into the issues and races and provide all the information they need to make their own decision.
  • Some readers don’t trust our news reporting because they see endorsements as an indication of institutional bias. We want to prove to you that our news coverage is as fair and balanced as possible.

That’s why we work so hard on the Ideas & Voices pages to give you a balance of views, with columnists on the right and on the left. It’s why we run voices from around the Miami Valley. It’s why our editorial team spends so much time in the community, talking to thought-leaders, decision-makers and every-day readers about what’s important. It’s why we work day in and day out to make sure our news coverage is fair and unbiased.

We know our news coverage is important to you. We’ve beefed up our investigative reporting and increased our election coverage. We have a team of experienced and talented journalists who are regularly digging up information you wouldn’t know otherwise, and that you can’t get anywhere else.

If you haven’t, I encourage you to take a look at DaytonDailyNews.com, where you’ll find our most comprehensive voters guide ever. You can research the candidates and issues and then print out a personalized ballot to take to the polls.

Thank you so much for being one of our readers. We know you have many choices when it comes to deciding how you get your news. We appreciate your loyalty and support. If you have suggestions on how we can improve, I invite you to send me a message at julia.mypromise@coxinc.com.

Julia Wallace


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