TVNewser FishbowlDC AgencySpy TVSpy LostRemote PRNewser SocialTimes AllFacebook 10,000 Words GalleyCat UnBeige MediaJobsDaily

Newspapers Cut Back on Op-Eds

While everyone has an opinion, newspapers are less likely to publish it now than in the past. According to Pew Research Center, “Interviews with editors across the country have confirmed a gradual shift both in the amount of space given over to opinion and in the missions of editorial and op-ed pages.”

One reason for the decline of op-eds is papers are looking to fuel conversation, and declaring specific takes isn’t conducive to that goal.

Beyond the interviews, Pew cites the Association of Opinion Journalist’s membership decline as an indication of this trend. Since 2006, the AOJ’s membership has dropped by a whopping 55 percent, from 549 to just 245 this year.

Mediabistro Course

Travel Writing

Travel WritingStarting September 23, learn how to turn your travel stories into published essays and articles! Taught by a former Vanity Fair staff writer, James Sturz will teach you how to report, interview, and find sources, discover story ideas and pitch them successfully, and understand what travel editors look for in a story. Register now!