I’m not a fan of newspapers endorsing candidates for a variety of reasons, but I understand why editors do it. As long as it’s what readers want, they should continue to do it.
The San Francisco Chronicle, however, is taking a new approach on how to endorse candidates this year.
Normally, editorial boards hold a session with each candidate to ask them a number of questions. The newspapers here in lower Fairfield County, Conn. will even publish a story about the candidates and what they said in the sessions. Those sessions are the cornerstone in how the board determines who to endorse.
The Chronicle, however, is going to hold actual debates between the candidates instead of one-on-one sessions. Additionally, the debates will be broadcasted to readers via the Web.
I really like the idea of a debate rather than the one-on-one sessions, but what really has me interested is the Web broadcasts. It’s another example of a newspaper grabbing onto the Web and using it for all of its potential. More newspapers need to examine ways to use the Web like the Chronicle is doing.