Opinion and editorials

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 […]

Tips on pitching from the Guardian’s incoming features editor

Jessica Reed shares tips for pitching stories to her, though they’re applicable to anyone interested in pitching stories to outlets, as well a list of stories she’d like to see. “I want to know what you already know about the story you have in mind, what you don’t know yet, and who you want to […]

The art of the interview and how to elevate a Q&A

Legendary entertainer and talk show host Dick Cavett shares how to conduct the kind of interview that leaves nothing interesting behind: “My former boss and idol for many years as a viewer, Jack Paar, called me before I started doing a talk show and said, ‘Hey kid, don’t do interviews.’ And I said, ‘What do […]

LA Times won’t print letters denying humans cause global warming

Conceding that he is no expert in science, Times’ letter editor Paul Thornton, says “when deciding which letters should run among hundreds on such weighty matters as climate change, I must rely on the experts — in other words, those scientists with advanced degrees who undertake tedious research and rigorous peer review.” He continues, “Saying […]