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From The Editor's Desk: Why ‘The Post’ endorses senate candidates

This much is clear: newsrooms and their editors like to encourage basic civic duties — especially when such civic duties involve being an informed voter, as that usually requires a voter read his or her local newspapers.

And The Post’s news reporters have been publishing short stories about each of the Ohio University Student Senate tickets — Green LightVoice and Fight — so readers can decide for themselves which ticket might best suit their needs.

Still, The Post has decades of experience both covering and endorsing Student Senate campaigns, and those endorsements do not reflect the views of the newsroom at-large.

Rather, endorsements are the product of The Post’s opinion editor, Chuck Greenlee, reaching out to each ticket with interview questions written by the executive editors. Once those questions are answered, editors then deliberate on which ticket they believe might best fit student needs based on the student issues we may see in our coverage, such as sexual assault or inclusion on campus. Those reporters who write about Student Senate are not made aware of which ticket The Post will endorse until we hit ‘publish’ on

We trust our readers will take our endorsements into consideration, but not discount their own beliefs after their own thorough research. Reach out to Student Senate candidates with questions of your own, or greet them as they table outside of Baker Center and at Alumni Gateway.

Most importantly, don’t neglect to make yourself heard by abstaining from voting for a Student Senate ticket at all.

Regardless of which ticket wins out, The Post looks forward to another year of coverage and informing its readers.

Emma Ockerman is a senior studying journalism and editor-in-chief of The Post. Want to talk to her? Email her at or tweet her @Eockerman. 

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