Opinion and editorials

Keeping opinion local: The benefits of cutting national politics from opinion sections

When news organizations face cuts, opinion editors and writers are some of the first on the chopping block: Their work can be replaced by that of national syndicated columnists, saving precious dollars. But new research suggests that the long-term effects of that decision may be detrimental to local news organizations. Local news audiences, treated to […]

How a small-town paper is applying conflict mediation skills to its opinion content

Editor’s Note: The American Press Institute is exploring how news organizations are reimagining opinion journalism to support constructive conversations in their communities. This essay by Julie Hart, digital editor for The Laconia Daily Sun in Laconia, New Hampshire, follows a series of 2019 essays and summit. *** Our small, community newspaper in rural New Hampshire has always stuck […]

How might we reimagine opinion journalism for our digital, polarized age? Reflections from news leaders

In the age of social media, cable talk shows and fast-moving news cycles, what value does opinion journalism, including the opinion and editorial pages of newspaper publishing, bring to the lives of people in a community? Modern technology has surely opened up civic debate. Editorials and columns in newspapers, and opinion essays in magazines, suffered […]

To help reduce polarization, let’s re-envision news’ opinion sections

Many communities across the country today have unprecedented opportunity to converse with each other, understand one another’s views, and find workable solutions or approaches to the mutual challenges they face. At the same time, we all know this doesn’t always happen. At API, we’re interested in the role opinion journalism can play in facilitating better […]

Arizona Republic publisher Mi-Ai Parrish responds to the threats it received after endorsing Clinton

By endorsing Hillary Clinton for president, publisher Mi-Ai Parrish writes that the Arizona Republic’s staff knew it would be an unpopular choice with readers. What they didn’t expect were violent threats. In a powerful editorial, Parrish responds to those threats, humanizing the Arizona Republic’s staff and their choice: “To those of you who have said […]

The Washington Post becomes the first paper to call for the prosecution of its own source

You might have heard: The Washington Post’s editorial board called for the prosecution of Edward Snowden, saying that only one of the government programs Snowden revealed was in the public interest (Washington Post) But did you know: Three out of the four news organizations that received NSA documents from Edward Snowden have called for the […]

After opening a D.C. office last spring, Medium is trying to get more politicians on the platform

Medium has a simple pitch for politicians, Nancy Scola writes: “Get your message out with none of the editorial interference that comes with old-school media.” As a result, politicians including Hillary Clinton and John Boehner have used Medium to voice their stances and make announcements. By having a presence in Washington, D.C., Scola writes that […]

The New York Times runs a front-page editorial on gun control, the first front-page editorial since 1920

The front page of Saturday’s New York Times included an editorial “The Gun Epidemic,” which called to drastically reduce the number of firearms in the U.S. and eliminate “some large categories of weapons and ammunition.” Saturday’s front-page editorial is the first NYT has run since 1920. Publisher Arthur Sulzberger Jr. says NYT chose to place […]

Will Medium replace the op-ed page? It’s not there yet, but its simple pitch resonates

Medium is growing quickly as a way for journalists and politicians alike to publish their messages, and Elise Viebeck writes about its potential to replace the traditional op-ed page. The format of Medium encourages conversation, but Viebeck says its lack of editorial direction “can give the impression that Medium is a dustbin for stories that […]

After publishing an editorial in response to FIFA scandal, Cayman Islands newspaper publishers forced to flee

When the Cayman Compass published an editorial in response to the FIFA scandals saying the Cayman Islands are “culturally steeped” in corruption, it caught the attention of prominent politician Alden McLaughlin. The daily newspaper’s publishers David and Vicki Legge have now had to seek refuge in Florida, and they’re not sure when or if they’ll […]