Opinion: ‘The Arizona Republic’ will no longer make candidate endorsements. Here’s why.

Readers have made it clear: You want to be informed about elections but not told how to vote. We hear you.

By Phil Boas | The Republic 

Our highest calling as a news organization is to bring you important facts quickly and accurately so you can make informed decisions. You need information to understand your community, to seize its opportunities and help solve its problems.

In a democracy, newspapers are your eyes and ears on government, courts, police departments, public schools, anywhere the people’s business is conducted. The information we bring you is essential to holding your government accountable.

To do that well we had to change with the digital age. What was once the daily newspaper is now a wide-scale news operation pushing to bring you news where and when you want it – on your cellphone, tablet, laptop and driveway.

Modern readers are changing how they get their news and what they expect from it. They’ve told us in focus groups, surveys and by their online reading habits that they want news and opinion more relevant to the way they live their lives. What they don’t want is another media kingmaker.


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February 2020