Editorial: Who is responsible for the stories published in The San Pedro Sun?

Monday, April 29th, 2013

This is not the first editorial I have written about this issue, but I am really hoping it is the last.

Last week I was contacted by readers regarding two of our articles, complaining that our senior reporter Jorge Aldana had a hidden ‘agenda’ when penning the stories. Let me ask you this? Have you noticed when reading The San Pedro Sun there are no bylines? So how is it that some assume that an article is written by Mr. Aldana? Why no bylines? Because by the time a story goes through our editing process it belongs to The San Pedro Sun, not one specific writer, except for editorials such as this. And just for the record, editorials are written by the editor unless otherwise noted.

Regardless of who writes a news article for The San Pedro Sun, the piece goes through tireless scrutiny. Often, before a story is even written the reporter discusses with the editors and colleagues what angle the story should take. Once that is determined, the article is proofed by Associate Editor Mary Gonzalez then returned to the reporter for corrections. After the corrections are made, each staff member proofs the story and I, Tamara Sniffin, Editor, make the final proof before giving it my approval for print. If you want to complain about a story in The San Pedro Sun then blame it on me, the editor, not the reporter.

The only agenda The San Pedro Sun has is to print non-biased balanced news. If for some reason we fail to do so it is only because I, the editor, have failed to do so. The San Pedro Sun will not be the mouthpiece for anyone with an AGENDA, especially not for its reporters and staff. We have relentless news reporters who serve this community with hardline news that at times bares harsh realities. Regardless of any agenda they may hold personally, The San Pedro Sun is not theirs for the writing. So please dear readers, get over your issues with the staff, and know that the news The San Pedro Sun reports on belongs to us and not one individual’s viewpoint.

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