Op-Ed Page

“Op-ed” is abbreviated from “opposite editorial” due to the tradition of newspapers placing opinion material on the page opposite the editorial page. In a broadsheet newspaper, the editorial section is typically published on one or two pages of the first news section of the newspaper that display the masthead, which includes the title, owner’s name, and staff listing of the newspaper. The section also includes between one and four editorials, syndicated and local guest writers, political cartoons, and letters to the editor. While the editorial page usually contains the opinions of the publisher, the op-ed page is reserved for articles by other writers who are often not affiliated with the paper.

Op-ed articles may come from freelance writers, advocacy and industry groups, public relations agencies, and ...

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