For many years, the daily editorials appearing on this page have been written by various newsroom reporters and editors. The editorials always appear unsigned because they express the views or opinions of the “newspaper,” not of individual writers or columnists.
Beginning immediately, we are separating the “News Department” from a newly formed “Editorial Department” to ensure that our editorial positions are independent of the views of our reporters who, after all, are supposed to be objective, even-handed and balanced. Best journalism practice does not allow their personal opinions to be promulgated through unsigned columns.
We are pleased to announce that Patrick Brendel, a seasoned reporter who joined the Compass in 2011, will be the first member of the Editorial Department, reporting directly to the Publisher.
Mr. Brendel holds a Bachelors Degree in English from the University of Notre Dame in Indiana, and a Masters Degree in Journalism from the University of Texas at Austin. He has broad experience writing for publications (both online and print), mainly in Texas.
Publisher David R. Legge noted that the most-respected daily newspapers, such as The Washington Post, The New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal, separate their news and editorial functions.
“Going forward,” Mr. Legge said, “the Compass will be expanding its Editorial Department, adding writers and researchers so that our voice is well-informed and our opinions are responsible and well-thought-out.”