How we find opinions
This is the first of four posts in which Spec Opinion explains how we receive, edit, and choose outside submissions for publication. Look out for the next three in the coming week.
Staff editorials are written by Spectator’s editorial board. The editorial board is different from the managing board. Most of the members on the editorial board are not editors—their sole responsibility is to determine the official editorial (opinion) voice of the paper.
Regular columns are written by 14 editorial writers who are chosen at the beginning of every semester. Their columns are published every fortnight.
An op-ed is an opinionated piece historically written by an author not affiliated with the newspaper and printed op(posite the) ed(itorial page). We accept op-eds on any topic relevant to the Columbia University and Morningside Heights community. Spectator op-eds are roughly 650 words in length.
We also accept letters to the editor, which must refer to an article from Spectator, The Eye, or a Spectrum post. They are no longer than 350 words.
In the next three posts of this series, we will discuss how op-eds and letters to the editor are edited, chosen, and published at Spectator.
In the meantime, if you wish to submit an op-ed or a letter to the editor, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
See this list of guidelines to understand more about our op-eds.
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