An opinion or commentary piece is written about a news issue by someone outside our newsroom. The author could be anyone from an elected official to your next door neighbor. You can find them online at inquirer.com/opinion and on weekdays, in print on the editorial pages at the back of the A section. On Sundays, opinions run in the Currents section, which will sometimes explore a special theme or issue.
Opinion or commentary pieces are sometimes called op-eds, meaning opposite of editorial, a reference to their traditional placement on the page in the print newspaper. The Inquirer is looking for pieces that are well-written with a fact-based viewpoint. That primarily takes the shape of commentary on news events, but we also strive to publish reflections on cultural trends, and the occasional personal or explanatory essay. We also run daily editorial cartoons, which represent the opinion of the individual artist.
Op-eds are reviewed and edited by:
» Deputy Editor, Opinion: Erica Palan firstname.lastname@example.org
» Coverage Editor, Opinion: Elena Gooray email@example.com
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There are no hard and fast rules about what topics we cover on the op-ed page, but some general parameters:
Op-eds and commentary pieces are not direct responses to Inquirer reporting. If you’d like to reply to an Inquirer story, you may submit a letter to the editor to firstname.lastname@example.org. Letters should be no longer than 150 words. Please include home address and day and evening phone number. Letters run in the Inquirer six days a week on the editorial pages. Letters are not published online.
An editorial is an opinion about a matter of public interest or policy researched and written by our Editorial Board, a group of journalists separate from the newsroom who meet frequently to discuss and debate issues. Unlike news stories, which are fact-driven, and written by reporters, editorials advocate, champion, argue, critique, and suggest ways to make the region better.
The Editorial Board consists of the editor and publisher, the managing editor for opinion, the deputy opinion editor, opinion coverage editor, columnists and writers. The board routinely discusses issues of the day to decide what to editorialize on and, during election campaigns, which candidates or ballot measures to endorse. News reporters and editors do not participate in these discussions. The Board’s opinions are not a consideration in news coverage.