Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical (hermionesviolin) wrote,
Elizabeth Scripturient (the delinquent, ecumenical

I saw Susan (one of the Assistant Editors, who's been a fly on the wall for this discussion as she e-mailed me originally the message from Cate and has been CCed as Cate and i have discussed topics) in the bathroom. She said that they (the heads of op-ed) want the op-ed section to more reflect the news in the paper, that is the Sophian, hence why file-sharing since there was an article on that last week. Knowing this rationale does give me a better understanding, and i can certainly see not wanting to have op-ed filled with everyone's opinions about all the Presidential candidates. *cough*lastweek*cough* It's a college paper, so i absolutely understand wanting a balance of (inter)national news and Smith news. One of my problems with this (besides the fact -- which i think i mentioned on LJ somewhere in my copious postings on this -- that if i'm talking about Smith i'm probably griping and i feel like that gets tiresome) is that Smith news is boring.

Having touched upon the issue of what makes a good editorial topic in previous comment threads, i was already planning on posting some of the guidelines i got when i first started. I still think this is relevant. Clipped verbatim from the mass e-mail Cate sent out in late August (and also found on the Sophian's guidelines for writers website):
1. Guidelines-
The purpose of an editorial is to express some sort of viewpoint. The manner in which the writer chooses to do this is up to her. In other words, most anything goes. Some things to remember, however:

**The writer must choose a topic that is somewhat timely or of relevance to the student body. Writing about your favorite type of underwear is unacceptable. However, a piece reflecting a writer's opinions on the underwear industry is completely acceptable.
**Shows skillful use of the English language. If an editor cannot follow the argument, she has the authority not to print the piece.
**Makes a point. Probably the most important thing to remember is to argue the point well. Do not be wishy washy for fear of offending someone. Choose an argument and stick with it.

There are a variety of types of editorial pieces beyond those that criticize and offer solutions. Other purposes of editorials are to: praise, commemorate, clarify, reflect, and amuse. Although these editorials serve a different function, they should still fulfill the basic editorial criteria.

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