How the Arizona Republic/azcentral will cover the general election

The Arizona Republic is covering the 2022 general election to provide clear information about Arizona’s candidates, their positions, and the voting process.

This news organization has been writing about elections in Arizona for more than 130 years, since 1890.

This year, we want to specify in advance what we will do and why. The emotions aroused since 2020 demand that we clarify our intentions.

We’ll provide full coverage of the candidates in all major races so you’ll know clearly who you’re voting for. These include the US Senate race, US House races and major state offices up for grabs this year including Governor, Secretary of State, Attorney General, Superintendent of Schools and the Arizona Corporation Commission.

It also includes coverage of the 10 ballot measures passed statewide, key races in Phoenix-area cities, and school board races.

We will uphold the highest standards of fairness, context and balance in our reporting. Every journalist in our organization is committed to these five goals:

  • Seek and report the truth truthfully.
  • To serve the public interest.
  • Show fair play.
  • Maintaining independence.
  • Act with integrity.

We will not be discouraged by those who indulge in insults about our mission. In fact, you might consider that some of the name-calling might be calculated to distract from topics that candidates would prefer to be left in the dark.

But even if candidates attack our credibility or refuse to engage with our reporters, we will always maintain our commitment to fairness and seek their input before a story about them is published.

Our target is Arizona. We live here too – some of our journalists were born and raised, some came years ago and stayed, some newcomers who are barely finding their favorite restaurants and hangouts.

It is a difficult time to make decisions about candidates.

Politics is plagued by misinformation. Lies, repeated often and shared widely, can sound like the truth, especially if they match your political outlook. Half-truths are hard to spot. It can be easy to accept both. Our job – and our commitment – is to investigate and come up with facts.

Politics is chaotic. Between TV ads and text messages, name-calling and demands for money, the political landscape can be loud and combative. A lot of people just want to opt out, which is a desire we can sympathize with. But our job is NOT to fix it. Instead, we’ll sift through the noise to help you understand and make decisions about the issues your vote impacts.

Politics and voting are intimidating. It’s difficult to keep up with all the requirements and deadlines for voter registration, requesting early voting, or just trying to figure out where to go to vote. This is true whether you just turned 18, are new to the state, or recently have the energy to take advantage of your rights as a US citizen. Our job — and our commitment — is to help make this information more accessible.

Politics requires investment. It takes time to dig into the facts and gain expertise on issues and candidates, between work and school and caregiving and the time you need for yourself. We’re here to make it easier and less time-consuming. Our job – and our commitment – ​​is to help with candidate Q&As, candidate surveys, and coverage of key issues. Sign up at our azcentral.com daily press briefing follow the news and listen to The Gaggle, our weekly political podcast.

Follow our coverage of national, regional and local races on azcentral.com and in the print edition of The Republic. You can subscribe here.

How to contact us

Contact us. Your ideas and opinions matter. If you have an idea for a story or an opinion you’d like to express, email our reporters or tag them on social media. Their contact details are on each story. Remember that courtesy is important for an open conversation.

Be part of our coverage. We want to include the opinions of more voters in our political stories and we need your help to do so. If you would like to speak to a journalist, write to us at [email protected] and use the subject line “vote input”.

Join our Community Advisory Board. We form a community advisory board for political coverage. E-mail [email protected] and use the subject line “political advisory council”. Space is limited, but we’d love to hear from you.

What you need to know about our coverage

Press article vs opinion piece.

The Republic has journalists and opinion writers. Both work for the organization but do very different jobs.

Journalists do not write opinion pieces.

A news article describes what happened, who was involved, and why it matters. These articles are written by The Republic’s news, feature and sports journalists. We also publish articles from USA Today, the Associated Press and other trusted news sources.

Opinion columnists give a personal perspective on the news, often in foul language. Opinion pieces are labeled as such on azcentral.com and in the print version of the Arizona Republic. Opinion columnists are clearly identified as such.

All La République journalists – news and opinion – follow the same standards of truth, fairness, independence and integrity.

Steps to follow before publishing a news article.

Journalists and editors verify information, ensuring that it comes from sources in a position to know it. We ask for answers from many sides of a problem. If a politician spreads false information, we report it. Facts do not have two sides.

Editors rate all of our news articles for fairness – for example, are facts presented in proper context – and accuracy.

Article updates.

With stories in development, some details are slower to emerge. We frequently update stories with additional quotes and details.

Corrections or clarifications.

If there is an error in a story, we try to correct it quickly. A correction is placed above a story on azcentral.com. Corrections for stories in the printed Republic are performed on page 4A if necessary.

Kathy Tulumello is the Republic’s News Director for news, politics and business coverage. Join her at [email protected].

More questions about our journalism? E-mail [email protected].

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