The golf industry has an opportunity to share and promote the economic, environmental, charitable and wellness aspects for golf with newspapers and other media in your area. See below for directions on how to submit a letter to the editor / Op-Ed piece to a newspaper near you.
Eugene Register-Guard – Op-Ed Submission
Link to Eugene Register-Guard Opinion Webpage & Submission information
Readers are invited to submit column-length guest viewpoints for publication on The Register-Guard’s op-ed page. Because space is limited, writers should first consider the option of submitting a letter to the editor of 250 words or fewer. People preparing guest viewpoints are asked to bear in mind the following guidelines:
- Op-ed pieces should deal with matters of general interest to readers, usually relating to some issue of public policy.
- We favor op-ed pieces from people who have demonstrable expertise in the subject matter at hand, or who can speak on behalf of an organization or community group.
- We have a strong preference for material submitted by writers living in The Register-Guard’s circulation area. Writers addressing national or global topics should attempt to find some local connection to their topic. It should be apparent to readers that the column belongs in The Register-Guard, rather than a newspaper in Pocatello or Poughkeepsie.
- Guest viewpoints are between 600 and 800 words in length, with 700 being ideal.
- We can accept submissions in almost any form. E-mail is best. A clean typescript is our second preference, followed by faxes and handwritten pieces. We acknowledge that people with the least access to communications sometimes have the most important things to say.
- Material published on the opinion pages needs a strong element of commentary. If a particular event is the focus of a guest viewpoint, the column should focus on the issues surrounding the event rather than simply urging people to attend or donate.
- We need a sentence or two of biographical information about the writer. Guest viewpoints should be from a person, not an organization though a person can be identified as speaking on behalf of a group.
- It’s a good idea to check with editorial page editor Jackman Wilson before starting work on an op-ed piece. He may already have made arrangements with someone else who’s working on a column along the same lines, or there may be issues of timing that need to be discussed. Wilson’s telephone number is 541-338-2316, or he can be reached via e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- E-mail submissions to email@example.com, or mail them to Jackman Wilson, 3500 Chad Drive, Eugene, Ore., 97408.
The Oregonian – Guidelines for “In My Opinion” Submissions
Link to Oregonian Online Submission Information
The Oregonian welcomes unsolicited manuscripts or e-mails for the daily Commentary (or “op-ed”) pages. Because of the heavy volume of submissions, however, we regret that we do not routinely acknowledge receipt of submissions or return manuscripts. If a submission is accepted for print publication, the author(s) will be contacted within a week. If a submission is accepted for online publication, notice of publication is generally sent concurrent with posting. “Status report” calls are discouraged.
What are we looking for?
Preference for our “In My Opinion” feature goes to short essays on highly topical issues or themes of particular relevance to the Pacific Northwest, Oregon and the Portland metropolitan area. On matters of national or international scope, special expertise is generally a prerequisite. Good writing and conciseness are especially welcome. Essays much longer than 500 words will usually be too lengthy for consideration.
What are the most common reasons for rejection?
The most prevalent reason is competition. On a typical day The Oregonian may receive dozens of “In My Opinion” submissions but publish only one in print and a handful more online. Many of the offerings we receive are simply too long – making points that could have been made in letters to the editor (maximum 150 words, to firstname.lastname@example.org).
Others are turned down because they lack universal interest or repeat a point of view that has already been aired recently in letters or op-ed pieces. Many unsuccessful submissions lack appeal to a wide range of readers or delve into nonlocal subjects that we prefer to leave to the national columnists.
What about “in response” columns?
The same rules apply to guest columns published as “In Response” essays. But these are generally reserved for individuals or organizations that we feel deserve a chance to respond to criticism specifically directed at them in published editorials or columns. For the general public, the appropriate forum for responses is through letters to the editor.
Does the Oregonian pay for op-ed pieces?
We do not normally offer stipends. In most cases, we believe that the writers’ compensation is getting an audience for their views among our many readers.
What’s the best way to submit an offering?
The simplest is e-mail – sent to email@example.com either as an attachment in Word or in a message field. Manuscripts may also be sent by fax, to 503-294-4193, or by mail, to Op-Ed Editor, The Oregonian, 1320 S.W. Broadway, Portland, OR 97201. If possible, please include a photo of yourself, preferably in color.
Bend Bulletin Opinion Submission Policies
Link to Bend Bulletin Online Submission
We welcome your letters. Letters should be limited to one issue, contain no more than 250 words and include the writer’s signature, phone number and address for verification. We edit letters for brevity, grammar, taste and legal reasons. We reject poetry, personal attacks, form letters, letters submitted elsewhere and those appropriate for other sections of The Bulletin. Writers are limited to one letter or Op-Ed piece every 30 days.
In My View policy
In My View submissions should be between 550 and 650 words, signed and include the writer’s phone number and address for verification. We edit submissions for brevity, grammar, taste and legal reasons. We reject those published elsewhere. In My View pieces run routinely in the space below, alternating with national columnists. Writers are limited to one letter or Op-Ed piece every 30 days.
Please address your submission to either My Nickel’s Worth or In My View and send, fax or e-mail them to The Bulletin. E-mail submissions are preferred.
Write: My Nickel’s Worth OR In My View
P.O. Box 6020
Bend, OR 97708
Medford Mail Tribune: How do I submit a letter to the editor?
Link to Medford Mail Tribune Online Submission
The Mail Tribune welcomes letters on any topic of general public relevance and interest. Please include a daytime phone number and address for verification. We do not print letters, even e-mail letters, without verification. We do not publish phone numbers or addresses, just the writer’s name and town. We’re interested in the comments of all our online readers, but we publish letters only from residents within our Southern Oregon and Northern California circulation area. We do not publish poetry. Writers are limited to one letter every 30 days. The 30 days are counted from the day the letter is published. Letters are limited to 200 words (150 words for thank-you or election letters). As with everything that appears in our paper, we reserve the right to edit letters for grammar, spelling and length. Editing is done very sparingly, and we will never knowingly change the meaning of a letter. If a letter is well above the 200-word limit, we return it and ask the writer to shorten it. Send your letter via e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. By regular mail, the address is:
Letters to the editor
P.O. Box 1108
Medford, OR 97501
Or by Fax: (541) 776-4376
Link to Salem Statesman-Journal Online Submission
Klamath Falls Herald & News
Link to Klamath Falls Herald & News Online Submission
East Oregonian – Submit a Letter to the Editor
Link to East Oregonian Online Submission
Coos Bay World: Submit a Letter to the Editor
Link to Coos Bay World Online Submission