Editorial

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Editorial from September 1921 Photoplay magazine. It told its readers not see the American film Heedless Moths (1921), because it had a scene with a nude woman.

An editorial, leading article (US) or leader (UK), is an article written by the senior editors of a newspaper or magazine. The article is often unsigned. Australian and major United States newspapers, such as The New York Times[1] and The Boston Globe,[2] often give editorials the heading "opinion".

Editorials can also be in the form of a cartoon.[3]

The editors decide on which issues their readers will want to know the newspaper's opinion.[4]

Editorials are usually published on a special page, called the editorial page. This often features letters to the editor from members of the public. The page opposite this page is called the op-ed page (opposite the editorial); and has opinion pieces by writers not employed by the publication. However, a newspaper may choose to publish an editorial on the front page. In the English-language press, this occurs rarely and only on topics considered very important; it is more common, however, in some European countries such as Spain, Italy, and France.[5]

Many newspapers do not put the name of the author on the editorial. Tom Clark, editorial writer for The Guardian, argues that it helps readers discuss the issue, not the author.[6] On the other hand, an editorial does reflect the position of a newspaper and the head of the newspaper, the editor, is known by name. Whilst the editor will often not write the editorial themselves, they maintain oversight and retain responsibility.[7]

When The Press, a New Zealand newspaper based in Christchurch, changed after 157 years from broadsheet to compact in 2018, they published a list of editorials where current thinking differs from opinions expressed at the time. One example was the change in their view on women's suffrage in New Zealand. The government gave women the vote in 1893, and the editorial said that women would "much prefer staying at home and attending to their household duties" than going to the polling booths.[8]

In fashion publishing, the term is often used to refer to photo-editorials. These are often full-page photographs on a particular theme, designer, model or other single topic, with or (as in a photo-essay) without accompanying text.[9]

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  1. Staff (23 May 2012). "Opinion". The New York Times. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  2. Staff (23 May 2012). "Opinion". The Boston Globe. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  3. Staff (2012). "AAEC The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists". The Association of American Editorial Cartoonists. Retrieved 23 May 2012.
  4. Passante, Christopher K. (2007). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Journalism – Editorials. Penguin. p. 28. ISBN 1-59257-670-2. Retrieved 21 February 2010.
  5. Christie Silk (15 June 2009). "Front Page Editorials: a Stylist Change for the Future?". Editors' Weblog. World Editors' Forum. Retrieved 1 July 2011.
  6. Clark, Tom (10 January 2011). "Why do editorials remain anonymous?". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  7. Crean, Mike (2011). First with the news: an illustrated history. Auckland: Random House. p. 97. ISBN 978 1 86979 562 7.
  8. Matthews, Philip (28 April 2018). "Broadsheets and blunders: In defence of getting it wrong". The Press. Retrieved 26 May 2018.
  9. "Various editorials". models.com. Retrieved 3 April 2012.

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