Editorials are most frequently defined as officially expressed opinions on a matter by a publication's editorial board. These statements, often found on an editorial “page” of a newspaper or magazine, represent the consensus viewpoint of the editorial staff of the publication.

An editorial is sometimes referred to as an “oped.” In its original usage, an op-ed was a newspaper page with featured commentary, “opposite” of the editorial page. Though considered improper by some, it is now common for people to refer to an editorial as an “op-ed,” by substituting the word opinion for opposite. In addition to including the official stance of the publication, editorial pages may contain political cartoons, syndicated columns, and/or letters to the editor. These items are also sometimes referred to as editorials. ...

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