EDITORIAL: Election coverage

Elections are both a boon and a curse to the newsroom and coverage is a double-edged sword.

Elections are both a boon and a curse to the newsroom. Whether you are writing for a big city daily or a community newspaper, election coverage is a double-edged sword.

The question that must always be answered is how do you decipher what is legitimate news, community news or campaign propaganda? You also have to ensure you are treating every candidate as equal as possible.

And the candidates, as well as their supporters, don’t make it easy.

As part of the campaign, potential politicians are everywhere. Local meetings and events that may not normally attract a huge crowd will see attendance double as candidates and their promotional teams mingle, network and push their platforms.

Then there are the passive photo bomb attempts.

Neutral coverage is a difficult task when everyone is either jumping into the photo op or wearing promotional buttons or carrying literature for a particular candidate.

Add to that the letters to the editor which increase in frequency and contain underlying political messages. While not written by the candidates themselves, they are frequently sent by a supporter or campaign manager.

For editors, it becomes a mine field of what should, and more importantly what shouldn’t, run.

The real fear is will actual news events be missed due to an over infatuation with fairness?

The fact is, incumbents have an advantage because, they are already in the public eye.

Council meetings will still get covered because, simply enough, news is still news.

Media will continue to cover newsworthy events, while trying to avoid unnecessary promotion.

We remain neutral, but just as important, we remain news reporters.

Just Posted

PHOTOS: Business after Business highlights Traction on Demand

It’s the first time Malpass has spoken formally to the business community about his purchase of Branch 51 of the Royal Canadian Legion

Premier Horgan talks jobs and opportunity at Castlegar mill

Upbeat visit brings message of hope and co-operation among Kootenay forestry players

Nelson couple expecting identical girl triplets

Pregnancies of this type are incredibly rare

Martial arts students breaking boards to end violence

The annual Breaking Boards, Breaking Chains runs April 27

Shoreacres crash injuries two drivers seriously

Crash blocks Highway 3A for nearly two hours at suppertime

VIDEO: Driver in bizarre hit-and-run at B.C. car dealership turns herself in

Police believe alcohol was a factor in incident causing estimated $15,000 in damages

‘B.C. cannot wait for action’: Top doctor urges province to decriminalize illicit drugs

Dr. Bonnie Henry says current approach in ‘war on drugs’ has criminalized and stigmatized drug users

B.C. woman, 76, challenges alcohol-screening laws after failing to give breath sample

Norma McLeod was unable to provide a sample because of her medical conditions

New report on 2017 wildfires calls for better coordination with B.C. First Nations

Tsilhqot’in National Government documents 2017 disaster and lists 33 calls to action

B.C. youth coach banned amid sexual harassment, bullying scandal: Water Polo Canada

Justin Mitchell can’t take part in Water Polo Canada events or clubs

Wilson-Raybould: Feds want to just ‘manage the problem’ of Indigenous Peoples

Former federal justice minister speaks at First Nations Justice Council meeting in B.C.

Boating incident claims life on East Kootenay lake

A young man has died after a canoe overturned in Moyie Lake early Tuesday morning

Female real estate agents warned of suspicious man in Metro Vancouver

The man requests to see homes alone with the female agent, police say

Can you put your phone down for Mother’s Day?

#DiningMode campaign encourages people to leave the phone alone while eating

Most Read