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And Now a Word From Op-Ed By DAWD SHIPLEY Published: February 1,2004 <. g,: ~,~~~$W~&t'J>P&.F~*.,% %%' were at the Op-Ed page, there are certain questions that ~~?2~~.;~34~~?~g?~~~; mare as constant as the seasons. How does one get ARTICLE TOOLS published? Who chooses the articles? Does The ~lmes have an agenda? And, of course, why was my submission rejected? Now that I've been Op-Ed editor for a year, let me try to offer a few answers. But a little history first. '.Printer-Friendly Format The inaugural Op-Ed page appeared on Sept. 21,1970. It @Most E-Mailed Articles was named for its geography - opposite the editorial page - and not because opinions would be expressed in its columns. A page of clashing opinions, however, was the aim from the beginning. According to an editorial introducing the page, Op-Ed was created to provide a forum for writers with "no institutional connection with The Times" - writers whose views would "very frequently be completely divergent from our own. " To understand Op-Ed, it helps to understand how the page lcomes unsolicited fits into The Times. The paper is divided into two worlds: news and editorial. News is big. With the exception of advertising, it is responsible for just about everything you read in The Times: the national, foreign and metropolitan bmissions, we cannot reports, the Book Review, the magazine and so on. Editori is tiny. Everything it produces appears on the page you're reading now and the one to its left. manuscript is accepted for publication, the In addition to Op-Ed, these two pages are home to author will be notified editorials, letters and the columns. Each plays a different role. The editorials are the responsibility of the publisher and the editorial board - they speak for the editorial page and not, under any circumstances, for the news side of the paper. The letters office publishes readers' responses to news articles, editorials and essays that have appeared in The Times. The seven regular staff columnists represent themselves. And Op-Ed? It's sometimes easiest to define it in the negative. Op-Ed is different from the editorial page in that it does not represent the views of anyone in the editorial division, even its own editors. It is
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different from letters in that it is not a venue to debate articles that have appeared in The Times. It is different from the columnists in that, well, the columnists do their own thing. (They are the responsibility of the publisher and editorial page editor. Our involvement with them is pretty much limited to filling the extra space when they go on vacation.) These differences are important because Op-Ed, in some measure, is shaped by its neighbors. The Op-Ed editors tend to look for articles that cover subjects and make arguments that have not been articulated elsewhere in the editorial space. If the editorial page, for example, has a forceful, long-held view on a certain topic, we are more inclined to publish an OpEd that disagrees with that view. If you open the newspaper and find the editorial page and OpEd in lock step agreement or consistently writing on the same subject day after day, then we aren't doing our job.
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