Why newspaper editorials still have their place

Some in the news industry are predicting that newspapers will begin moving away from editorials to focus more on options such as community forums. But that would be a mistake, writes Stuart Leavenworth, editorial page editor at the Sacramento Bee. Leavenworth notes that "newspapers have long published editorials for a simple reason -– they want to be leaders in their communities. The very definition of leadership is taking a stand, defending it and constantly reassessing it."

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