Parts of Editorial Page of a Newspaper

Parts of Editorial Page of a Newspaper


1. Editorial: Editorial piece is considered to be soul of a newspaper/magazine.


Newspapers and magazines feature editorials, mainly by the editor or publisher of the publication. Additionally, most print publications feature an editorial, or letter from the editor, followed by a Letters to the Editor Section, articles, or op-ed. Some newspapers also has special religious column. The editorial in magazines usually appears in the fist first page of the magazine. However, all the magazines do not follow same patterns.

2. Column: A column is a recurring piece or article in a newspaper, magazine or other publication. Columns are written by columnists who are well acquainted with the subject. What differentiates a column from other forms of journalism is that it meets each of the following criteria:

  • It is a regular feature in a publication
  • It is personality-driven by the author
  • It explicitly contains an opinion or point of view

Types of columns: a. advice column, b. critic reviews, c. editorial opinion d. gossip, e. humor, f. food column, music column


3. Op-ed: An op-ed, abbreviated from opposite the editorial page (though often believed to be abbreviated from opinion-editorial), is a newspaper article that expresses the opinions of a named writer who is usually unaffiliated with the newspaper’s editorial board. These are different from editorials, which are usually unsigned and written by editorial board members. Op-eds are so named because they are generally printed on the page opposite the editorial.


Although standard editorial pages have been printed by newspapers for many centuries, the first modern op-ed page was created in 1921 by Herbert Bayard Swope of the New York Evening World. When he took over as editor in 1920, he realized that the page opposite the editorials was “a catchall for book reviews, society boilerplate, and obituaries.” He is quoted as writing:


4. Letters to Editor: Letter to the editor sometimes abbreviated LTTE or LTE is a letter sent to a publication about issues of concern to its readers. Usually, letters are intended for publication. In many publications, letters to the editor may be sent either through conventional mail or electronic mail.

Usually, letters to the editor are associated with newspapers and newsmagazines. However, they are sometimes sent to other periodicals (such as entertainment and technical magazines), and radio and television stations. In the latter instance, letters are sometimes read on the air (usually, on a news broadcast or on talk radio).

The subject matter of letters to the editor VARIES widely. However, the most common topics include:

  • Supporting or opposing an editorial stance, or responding to another writer’s letter to the editor.
  • Commenting on a current issue being debated by a governing body – local, regional or national depending on the publication’s circulation. Often, the writer will urge elected officials to make their decision based on his/her viewpoint.
  • Remarking on materials (such as a news story) that have appeared in a previous edition. Such letters may either be critical or praising.
  • Correcting a perceived error or misrepresentation.

5. Editorial cartoon: An editorial cartoon, also known as a political cartoon, is an illustration or comic strip containing a political or social message that usually relates to current events or personalities.

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Manish Dhanwani

Manish Dhanwani, Founder of BMM Section for Management Paradise.