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Most newspapers or media outlets release their opinion on proposed ballot measures prior to an election. These articles are generally written by the editorial board and defined as "endorsements." Not to be confused with columns, letters to the editor or editorial opinion by one writer.

NOTE: In 2009, Ballotpedia implemented two new pages to this process. The notes below identify the procedures for current measures and historical measures.

If you're a blogger, and you have an opinion about a ballot measure in your state, CLICK HERE to add your endorsement to the Ballotpedia page that lists blogger and newspaper endorsements in your state.

CURRENT: 2009-recent articles

2009201020112012...more endorsements

Measure article

If media endorsements have been made about a ballot measure, they should be featured in a section called "Media editorial positions."

Placement:
This section should appear below a "Support or Opposition" sections but above "Polls." If "Campaign contributions" or "Policy analysis" sections exist, this would follow those sections as well. Follow the structure as laid out by the {{ballot measure help}} template.

Organization:
Within the section, there may be two subsections. One for "support" and one for "opposition." The section should also contain a link to the "state endorsement page for that year."

If there isn't any support/opposition for the measure, instead of leaving a blank section, do not include it.

(Example: Florida Campaign Finance Requirement Repeal, Amendment 1 (2010))

Adding endorsements:

Endorsements should be added in the following manner:

  • Name of newspaper/media outlet/blog said, "Quote 1 to 2 sentences that summarize the endorsement." (Add reference tag)

This will appear as follows:

  • The Florida Times-Union said, "This amendment wouldn’t require lawmakers to cut off public financing. It would merely allow the Legislature to stop giving money to politicians any time it determines the state has more pressing needs. What’s wrong with that?"[1]

Example: the entire section

==Media editorial positions==
:: ''See also: [[Endorsements of STATE ballot measures, YEAR]]''
===Support===
* '''NEWS MEDIA''' said, "QUOTE of support."<ref>[reference tag goes here]</ref>
* '''NEWS MEDIA''' said, "QUOTE of support."<ref>[reference tag goes here]</ref>
* '''NEWS MEDIA''' said, "QUOTE of support."<ref>[reference tag goes here]</ref>
...

===Opposition===
* '''NEWS MEDIA''' said, "QUOTE of opposition."<ref>[reference tag goes here]</ref>
* '''NEWS MEDIA''' said, "QUOTE of opposition."<ref>[reference tag goes here]</ref>
* '''NEWS MEDIA''' said, "QUOTE of opposition."<ref>[reference tag goes here]</ref>
...

State endorsement page

Once the measure article has been updated to include the recent endorsement, add the endorsement to the "State endorsement page for that year." Such pages follow the following title format: "Endorsements of STATE ballot measures, YEAR").

(Example: Endorsements of Washington ballot measures, 2011)


To add endorsement:

  • All endorsement charts are in a template which are typically named as follows: {{washington2011ballotmeasureendorsements}}. Replace the state name and year for the relevant chart template.
  • Once in the template, if not already listed on the chart add the media name with a link in a new line.
  • Add the endorsement templates under the relevant measure column:
    • Inserting the code {{oppose}} is how you indicate opposition to a measure. This appears on the page as Circle thumbs down.png.
    • Inserting the code {{support}} is how you indicate support for a measure. This shows up on the page as Category:Ballot measure endorsements.
    • Inserting the code {{neutral}} is how you indicate a neutral position for a measure. This shows up on the page as Nuetral thumb.png.
  • Save the template once the edits are complete. The changes will be reflected on the Endorsements of STATE ballot measures, YEAR page.


Creating a state endorsement page:
If a page does not currently exist for a particular state and year, you can easily create one by copy and pasting the code below and replacing STATE and YEAR with the relevant information.

{{tnr}}{{ballot news}}'''Endorsements of the STATE YEAR ballot questions''' by [[STATE media|STATE bloggers]] and newspapers:

{|
|----- valign="top"
|
* [[YEAR ballot measures]] 
|
* [[YEAR ballot measure endorsements]]  
|
* [[STATE media]] 
|
* [[Local ballot measures, STATE|Local ballot measures in STATE]]       
|}

{{STATEYEARballotmeasureendorsements}}

==How to add an endorsement==

* [[Ballotpedia:Endorsing a ballot measure]]
* Or, if you've written a piece expressing an opinion on a STATE measure, email that link to: [mailto:brittany.clingen@ballotpedia.org brittany.clingen@ballotpedia.org]

==See also==
* [[YEAR ballot measure endorsements]]

{{YEAR ballot measures}}
{{STATE}}
[[Category:Ballot measure endorsements, YEAR]]
[[Category:STATE YEAR ballot measures]]

Overview endorsement page

Once an endorsement has been added to the Measure article and State Endorsement page, you must also check the Overview endorsement page.

(Example: 2011 ballot measure endorsements)

Check the page to make sure that a section exists for the relevant state. If a section does not exist, make sure to add it. Each should feature relevant links and the endorsement chart template.

Links to be included are:

The section should appear as (replace STATE and YEAR):

==STATE==
:: ''See also: [[STATE YEAR ballot measures]]'' and ''[[Endorsements of STATE ballot measures, YEAR]]''

{{STATEYEARballotmeasureendorsements}}

HISTORICAL: 2008-earlier articles

For all historical measures, 2008 and earlier, media endorsements are currently only reflected on the measure article.

If media endorsements have been made about a ballot measure, they should be featured in a section called "Media editorial positions."

Placement:
This section should appear below a "Support or Opposition" sections but above "Polls." If "Campaign contributions" or "Policy analysis" sections exist, this would follow those sections as well. Follow the structure as laid out by the {{ballot measure help}} template.

Organization:
Within the section, there may be two subsections. One for "support" and one for "opposition." The section should also contain a link to the "state endorsement page for that year."

If there isn't any support/opposition for the measure, instead of leaving a blank section, do not include it.

(Example: Florida Campaign Finance Requirement Repeal, Amendment 1 (2010))

Adding endorsements:

Endorsements should be added in the following manner:

  • Name of newspaper/media outlet/blog said, "Quote 1 to 2 sentences that summarize the endorsement." (Add reference tag)

This will appear as follows:

  • The Florida Times-Union said, "This amendment wouldn’t require lawmakers to cut off public financing. It would merely allow the Legislature to stop giving money to politicians any time it determines the state has more pressing needs. What’s wrong with that?"[2]

Example: the entire section

==Media editorial positions==
:: ''See also: [[Endorsements of STATE ballot measures, YEAR]]''
===Support===
* '''NEWS MEDIA''' said, "QUOTE of support."<ref>[reference tag goes here]</ref>
* '''NEWS MEDIA''' said, "QUOTE of support."<ref>[reference tag goes here]</ref>
* '''NEWS MEDIA''' said, "QUOTE of support."<ref>[reference tag goes here]</ref>
...

===Opposition===
* '''NEWS MEDIA''' said, "QUOTE of opposition."<ref>[reference tag goes here]</ref>
* '''NEWS MEDIA''' said, "QUOTE of opposition."<ref>[reference tag goes here]</ref>
* '''NEWS MEDIA''' said, "QUOTE of opposition."<ref>[reference tag goes here]</ref>
...

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