SANFORD, Fla. -- Headline Surfer is the only daily internet news outlet in Florida and pehaps across the US to stand with Donald Trump for President in the Nov. 8 general elections.
The Las Vegas Review, is by far, the largest of six daily print newspapers backing Trump as well.
In contrast, Hillary Clinton has received the endorsements of more than 100 daily print newspapers nationwide, with USA declaring "Anyone but Trump,"
Clinton has been endorsed by Florida's largest metro dailies: The Orlando Sentinel, the Sun Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale, the Miami Herald and the Tampa Bay Times.
Another half dozen or so of Florida's daily print newspapers, such as the Daytona Beach News-Journal, Sarasota Herald-Tribune, Gainesville Sun, Lakeland Ledger and Ocala Star Banner, with their Chamber-friendly business models under the ownership of Upstate New York's Gatehouse Media, are not endorsing Clinton or Trump in keeping with chain's policy not to endorse candidates for public office at any level.
The News-Journal didn't even bother to re-schedule candidate debates for the three Volusia County Council races earlier this month due to Hurricane Matthew. And so all the voters have to rely on in terms of candidate transparence are the Headline Surfer Public Candidate Debates that were held Friday at a biker social club in Holly Hill and videotaped.
The Santa Barbara (Calif) News-Press and the St. Joseph (Mo) News-Press were the first two daily print newspapers to throw their editorial weight behind Trump: “We endorse Trump for president in the belief he can bring about fundamental change — not alone, but in partnership with his party and a coalition of others drawn from every walk of life who think we can do better than what government has offered under eight years of President Obama,” the St. Joseph News-Press wrote in part.
As Politico reported, the Waxahachie Daily Light in a suburb of Dallas, the Times-Gazette in Hillsboro, Ohio, and most recently, the Sheldon Adelson-owned Las Vegas Review-Journal, the only major newspaper in the nation to come out for Trump. On Sunday, the Antelope Valley Press, a small family-owned daily newspaper in Palmdale, California, with a circulation of about 20,000, also published an endorsement of Trump, but didn't give a reason for the endorsement.
In terms of how online news outlets are identifid, many are political blogs sites that put a premium on opinion ahead of original factual reporting such as citing public records, which Headline Surfer has prded itself on as the basis of its digital platform when it was launched in 2008.
Since 2011, Headline Surfer has amassed journalism awards from the Florida Press Club for 42 stories, including six this year. The awards are a continuation of three dozen award-winning stories earned by this writer working for the Daytona Beach News-Journal for close to a decade.
Headline Surfer was acrtually branded as an "internet newspaper" for most of its existence before changing it to "internet news outlet" with a major upgrade in August, including a completely new design, with greater Daytona Beach and Volusia County as the primary focus with Sanford and Seminole County as the second tier, followed by Orlando and Orange County as the third level of focus.
The wild card, of course is major breaking news in any of the three contiguous counties as priority No. 1, followed by investigative reporting. And Headline Surfer has made a commitment to daily coverage of Daytona's two greatest economic engines -- the World's Most Famous Beach, and of motorsports, centered around Daytona International Speedway with the Daytona 500 as the single biggest event of the year.