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Editorial from a 1921 issue of Photoplay recommending that readers not see a film, which featured nude scenes

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

Illustrated editorials may appear in the form of editorial cartoons.[3]

Typically, a newspaper's editorial board evaluates which issues are important for their readership to know the newspaper's opinion on.[4]

Editorials are typically published on a dedicated page, called the editorial page, which often features letters to the editor from members of the public; the page opposite this page is called the op-ed page and frequently contains opinion pieces by writers not directly affiliated with 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 especially important; it is more common, however, in some European countries such as Spain, Italy, and France.[5]

In the field of fashion publishing, the term has been adapted[by whom?] to refer to photo-editorials – features with often full-page photographs on a particular theme, designer, model or other single topic, with or (as in a photo-essay) without accompanying text.[6]

See also


  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 2010-02-21. 
  5. ^ Christie Silk (June 15, 2009). "Front Page Editorials: a Stylist Change for the Future?". Editors' Weblog. World Editors' Forum. Retrieved July 1, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Various editorials". models.com. Retrieved 2012-04-03.

External links

  • The dictionary definition of editorial at Wiktionary
  • Editorial Writing Examples

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