A guide to Globe Opinion

The Boston Globe’s opinion pages are completely separate from the news operation. The editor of the editorial pages and the editor of the Globe do not coordinate decisions on coverage. Globe endorsements of candidates, for example, are made without consultation with any newsroom reporter or editor, and Globe reporters are expected to cover campaigns without paying any regard to editorial page endorsements. This “separation of church and state,” as it is sometimes called, is a cherished tradition at most major newspapers and helps protect the integrity of both departments.


Editorials represent the official view of the Boston Globe as a community institution, which is why they are not signed by individual writers. The editorial board, listed below, meets regularly to discuss ideas and come to a consensus on the Globe’s editorial viewpoint. Editorial writers do their own research and reporting. From time to time, the group gathers for briefings with policy makers, advocates, or academic experts on a topic before reaching a position.

Like most newspapers nationwide, the Globe makes candidate endorsements during elections. Editorial writers, columnists, and editors research candidates’ backgrounds, watch debates, and conduct group interviews with individual candidates. The group – including the publisher – generally makes decisions by consensus. When differences of opinion arise, it’s up to the editorial page editor and the publisher to settle them.


Op-ed pieces (literally, opposite the editorial page) represent the views of individual columnists and writers. Unlike the editorial page, this page does not reflect the institutional views of the Globe. Instead, the op-ed page is designed to reflect the views of people in the community – so viewpoints may be presented that run counter to the Globe’s institutional position.

The Boston Globe welcomes unsolicited op-ed offerings. Please keep the piece to 700 words and send by e-mail to oped@globe.com, by fax to 617-929-2098, or by mail to:

Op-ed editor, The Boston Globe

PO Box 55819

Boston, MA 02205-5819


Letters to the editor represent the views of individual readers. Ideally, the letters page features a broad range of opinions. Letters are selected from an extremely large volume by the letters editor. The best way to increase the chance of having your letter chosen is to make it timely, original, and short. Usually, letters respond to articles or opinion pieces in the Globe, not simply to general issues of the day. The Globe reserves the right to edit letters for space, clarity, or content. Letters must be signed and include a daytime phone number for verification. Send your letters (200 words or less) to letter@globe.com or to:

Letters to the editor

The Boston Globe

PO Box 55819

Boston, MA 02205

Because of the high volume of mail, we are unable to respond personally unless we are going to use the material. If you have not been contacted within five business days, you may assume that the piece was not selected for publication.

Editorial board

Ellen Clegg

Jon Garelick

Nick Osborne

Alan Wirzbicki

Editorial Page contributors

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