Yes, as long as their endorsement is limited to their editorial pages. Newspapers can't give money to campaigns, but they can write about who they want. Many papers publish "op-ed" columns by individuals or groups of people who are not news reporters but have an opinion on topics such as politics and current events. These pieces often criticize government policies or other issues before an election.
Newspapers became involved in political campaigns when voting was still done exclusively by mail. To get more readers to vote, newspapers would print letters from citizens who wanted them to vote for a certain candidate or issue. These letters were called "endorsements."
In the early 1900s, politicians began requiring newspapers to print their endorsements. The requirement was used by parties as a way to show support from key publications and to tell potential voters which papers they should look to for guidance.
Since then, newspapers have become more influential in elections. Today, they can have a huge impact by simply publishing what party leaders say about issues before an election. Voters use this information when making up their minds who to vote for.
Newspapers can write about who they want, but they cannot give money to campaigns.
The editorial board of a newspaper is often made up of the editorial page editor and editorial writers. Other persons are also included in certain newspapers. For example, a newspaper may have a staff writer who serves on an editorial board.
An editorial board is responsible for giving an opinion on important issues before they are published in the paper. This helps the newspaper to explain its position on these issues. It also gives readers warning about what will be published in the paper so that they can decide for themselves whether or not they want to read more about it.
Members of an editorial board are called editorial board members, board members, or simply board members. A newspaper may have more than one editorial board; each would then have its own editorial board members.
Board members usually have some influence over the newspaper's content through their suggestions and opinions. They may also have access to information about the publishing process that others do not. However, like everyone else at the newspaper, they are not able to remove material from their publication. That right belongs to the publisher and/or editor-in-chief.
In general, people give advice to editors about what should be included in a newspaper. Board members may also have input into which stories are published.
An editorial, also known as a leading piece in the United States or a leader in the United Kingdom, is an unsigned article produced by the senior editorial staff or publisher of a newspaper, magazine, or other written document. Editorial cartoons can be used to illustrate editorials. The term is derived from the English wordeditorial, which in turn comes from the Latin editus "printed" + -alicius "-ed", meaning "printed with intent to publish." Newspaper editors determine what topics will be covered in their publications and which writers will be assigned to produce these articles. They may choose to use existing articles or create new ones. Editorials are usually written by someone with a high position within the organization, such as the editor or another columnist.
Some observers have criticized the increasing role of editorials in newspapers, arguing that they represent an implicit endorsement of government policies or actions. Others view editorials as a valuable tool for journalists to express opinions on issues that might otherwise not be publicly discussed. Regardless of opinion on this subject, there is no question that editorials play an important role in our society. By writing them, newspapers are able to provide readers with information and perspectives that would not be available otherwise.
In journalism classes, students are often asked to write newspaper editorials to test their understanding of different elements of news reporting and commentary.
In general, no. Student media at public colleges and universities are entitled to the same First Amendment protections as professional newspapers. The Hazelwood ruling, according to the courts, only applies to high school papers. It has no effect on college or university publications.
However, unlike most professional newspapers that rely on advertisers for survival, student newspapers are often operated by volunteer editors and writers who receive no compensation other than their participation in school activities. This means that they may be more vulnerable to charges of censorship if they refuse to print articles or photos that fall outside of what is considered appropriate for a college campus.
For example, in 2000, students at the University of Missouri ran into problems when they refused to print an editorial criticizing racial discrimination on campus. The paper was shut down for several months until protests died down.
Similarly, in 2004, students at the University of California, Berkeley, ran into trouble when they refused to print an article about the merits of lowering the voting age to 16. The paper was threatened with closure if it didn't remove the piece, which discussed how younger adults might affect political races up and down the state.