Minden Press-Herald

Thursday
Oct 02nd

So What’s the Difference Between News, Advertisements and Editorials?

beaversjoshSome readers get confused about the relationship between the editorial page and the rest of the newspaper, especially since the term "editorial" is often used to describe everything in the Press-Herald that is not advertising.

But the news operation is completely separate from the editorial (opinion) page.

The two do not coordinate coverage or influence the others' judgments.

Even more separated from the news and editorial is the advertising side of our publication.

If you want to highlight your business, you need to speak with the advertising staff. For coverage of a society or civic event, the newsroom is the way you want to go.

Both can be reached by calling the paper at 377-1866.

Press-Herald cheers, jeers or observations are made without consultation with the news operation, and Press-Herald reporters are expected to cover the issues without regard to the paper's editorial stance on the matter.

This "separation of church and state," as it is sometimes called, is a cherished tradition at newspapers and helps protect the integrity of both operations.

Editorials represent the official view of the Minden Press-Herald as a community institution, which is why they aren't signed by individual writers.
Columns or Op-Eds (literally, opposite of the editorials) represent the views of individual columnists or writers.

Unlike the editorials, these are designed to present a broad array of views from Press-Herald staff reports as well as national and local columnists.

The Minden Press-Herald welcomes unsolicited op-ed offerings. A photo of the author is preferred to run with the piece.

Please keep the piece to 700 words and send by e-mail to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it by fax to 318-377-1895, or by mail to:

The Editor, The Minden Press-Herald
203 Gleason Street
Minden, LA 71055

Letters to the editor represent the views of individual readers and ideally feature a broad range of opinions. The Press-Herald reserves the right to edit letters for space or clarity. The Press-Herald also reserves the right to reject any letter

They must be signed and include a daytime phone number for verification.

Josh Beavers is the publisher of the Minden Press-Herald. He is a two-time recipient of the Best Newspaper Column award given annually by the Louisiana Press Association.

 

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